Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England



I left you with a farm house hunkering down into the hillside to escape the cold wind; however further up the road I found these guys

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They came looming over Mam Tor,

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Now I told you in the last post, the wind was cold enough to make your eyeballs ache,  well you’d have to ask them for yourselves, just what exactly they were freezing dangling around up there.

They cruised around the valley, it must be a splendid view (we’ve been here a couple of times before) they were mainly paragliders, but there was a hang glider as well.

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Before flying off into the sunset!

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And whilst we are up in the air, I spied this sight,  from a good distance, as you can see by the graininess of the image

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it needs further investigation and trip out for some photographs, definitely a blog post or two to be had.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

17 thoughts on “Icarus

  1. My friend was walking in the Lakes, and after 6 hours they came down from a mountain and hubby said ‘only two miles to go’. ‘No’ she said ‘I can’t take another step, I need the Loo’ there was no one about so she ducked behind a drystone wall and crouched down. Whilst in ‘full flow’ she heard talking, but couldn’t see anyone. It was only when she heard laughter above her that she spotted the two hang gliders almost directly overhead!

  2. I’ve watched these intrepid fliers off Beachy Head (a well known spot for suicides) and much as I envy birds their ability to fly, I cannot imagine trying to do it this way. I know they often have an accessory somewhat like a sleeping bag into which they tuck their legs (rather as gulls tuck their legs under their feathers on longer flights) but even so I imagine the cold must be formidable at this time of year.

    It wouldn’t suit me: I’m more a cup-of-tea-in-a-cafe-with-steamed-up-windows sort of tiger.

    Nice photos, by the way 🙂

  3. The images are great, but the reality of it? I can’t imagine being up there in freezing cold weather. Seems cold enough close to earth.

  4. Mam-Tor, happy memories and the last place the last Ice Age reached.


  5. High fliers like this are fascinating to watch. When they are in the distance, I always think that each one looks like an eye with an expressive eyebrow … two of them together look like part of a face… I know, too much imagination! It looks like a wonderful place to soar above. Most of the paragliders that I see run off a bluff and hover above the sea.

  6. Stunning red paraglider, although they’re welcome to it. I’m intensely curious about the helicopter’s burden, but content to await the results of the investigation . . .

  7. i think the helicopter might be delivering stone for dry stone walling – i saw something about it somewhere…

  8. Icarus seems a bit inappropriate considering his fate. That hardly seems likely for these tough fliers. I enjoy your pictures.

  9. Terrific pictures! It must be fun, and the views fantastic, but it’s never something that I’ve wanted to do!
    What the helicopter is doing looks rather intriguing. xx

  10. I love the story of Daedalus and Icarus. I think all men are envious of birds. We want to fly and somehow, being in an aircraft isn’t the whole ball of wax 😉 Paragliding must come awfully close to the real thing.

  11. This WOL is not likely to be airborne any time soon. I don’t even go to the mailbox in weather like we’ve been having — subfreezing now for days. As for those adrenalin junkies with the parasails, there’s no accounting for taste!

  12. If the helo is not delivering stone for walling or footpaths , then he could be delivering plants for planting on the moor to repairs areas that have perhaps been damaged by weather, fire or long term grazing. I live very closet to Saddleworth Moor and I often see the big bags on the moor. Sometimes I see the helos which is always cool as the moor is so high, the helos so low and they feel like they are 10 feet above my head.

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