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

A Walk in the Park


The Yorkshire Sculpture Park to be precise. I walked further than I expected, but it wasn’t a problem, the day was bright and crisp.

I was bewitched by an ‘intervention’ by David Nash.

Seventy One Steps

Sevety one Steps -1

Made from oak that is charred and oiled they follow the lie of the land. The steps are set into 30 tons of coal, they will weather and erode into the landscape.  Climbing them, they felt were quite magical. They are no ordinary steps.

I thought the woods at the top of the steps were rather magical too.

YSP woods-1

I loved the gnarled roots. I’m sure I heard somewhere that 90% of a trees roots are in the top two feet of the soil?

Narled roots -1

Duncan obviously like it here, once upon a time.


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.

10 thoughts on “A Walk in the Park

  1. The YSP is a great place for a wander – I like to try to get there a couple of times a year. The mix of man-made and nature’s sculpture can be amazing.

  2. Those are beautiful steps. Your park experience is making me itch just a little for spring. Just a bit.

  3. I would like to visit that wood.

  4. I have read about this place…on other’s blogs. Now I have the urge to visit!

  5. Terrific photos, and that sure is a chunky bench seat. I prefer open countryside to woods. xx

  6. We missed those when we visited. You must have walked a lot further than we did, which was already a long way. Thanks for going that extra mile!

  7. The inscription on the bench is a lovely thing – an ideal way to pay tribute to someone.

  8. I hope to try and visiit whilst I’m here, missed your post in my reader.
    As I’ve said before I love your blog as it always reminds me of home 🙂

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