Uphilldowndale

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

Tour of Britain

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Stage Six. Far from the maddening crowd; less atmospheric than  watching in the villages I suspect, but an  impressive cavalcade non the less.

I made my way up above the road know locally as Long Hill, for a birds eye view. It was blustery but warm and fine, which was just as well as in my haste I’d left my boots at home, and I’d had to tip toe across the fields in girly shoes from where I’d parked my car.

Tour of Britain. The wrong shoes

I watched a bit of traditional hay making while I waited (you can see we were a select bunch of spectators)

Tour of Britain  Hay making_

Some beautiful clouds skit by

Nice clouds_

I mused on how the road has changed over the centuries, you can still see the old road, snaking its way up through the centre of this image.  A steep and difficult climb for horses and stagecoaches.  That was superseded by the first toll road in 1780 built by John Metcalf of Knaresbourgh Yorkshire, known as Blind Jack

Long Hill 2

The road now sweeps along with the contours of the valley.

Long Hill_

At last they came,

Tour of Britain 3

and went

Tour of Britain Long Hill 4

in a flash!

Tour of Britain 4

It’s a spot I must return too, another day, there are grand views in all directions.

Tour of Britain Long Hill 6

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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.

5 thoughts on “Tour of Britain

  1. A delightful spot to sit and wait.

  2. Definitely up hill, down dale is your country side. The view is magnificent in comparison to our very flat landscape. A lovely place to sit and admire the view you have waiting for the Tour of Britain.

  3. Wonderful scenic pictures, and definitely far from the maddening crowds. xx

  4. I live on Constable’s Stour Valley in Suffolk and as beautiful as my countryside is I have to accept that yours is just as amazing in a hilly sheepy wally sort of way.

    One day I’ll make the trip and soak it all in – I await your pub B&B recommendation! (Dog acceptance essential).

  5. Absolutely wonderful views and what a terrific location for a bird’s eye view. I got such a kick out of your reply to my crow video and the ‘conversation’ they were having 😉

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