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

Other Routes are Available


I’m not a fan of the A515, if I can find an alternative route I will.  Especially if it is as photogenic as this,

High Wheeldon_

It’s taken near High Wheeldon 

I was returning from Hartington Wakes Show, which had a lovely atmosphere, and is set in a beautiful location. I even bumped into my geography teacher from secondary school, he was fresh out of university back then, and now he is retired…  don’t know how that happened, it doesn’t seem so long ago that I left school.

Vintage tractors, horses a plenty.

Hartington 6

A sheepdog herding ducks, and ladders for every occasion, not sure how you are supposed to get them home.

Hartington 5

Prize livestock

Hartington show

Of all sizes

Hartington 3

A glowing produce tent (my Chinese lanterns, never even flowered, only just surviving the slugs). 

Hartington 7

I wonder what the farms of the future will look like for these young competitors

Hartington show 3


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.

9 thoughts on “Other Routes are Available

  1. I really like the first picture!

  2. I am sure we saw that duckherd at the Canonbie show. Did he come from Scotland? Your landscape was lovely.

  3. I just read that if you mound dry coffee grounds around your plants it will discourage the snails & slugs from eating them. Worth a try anyway.

  4. That first picture is wonderful. It looks like it was a good show with plenty of interest. xx

  5. What a beautiful countryside! I too like taking the alternate routes, so much more interesting.

    I love the looks of your livestock show. It looks a bit like our state fair but much more refined!

  6. What a great picture, reminds me of home, even if it is across the border 🙂

  7. I sometimes wonder if you are on a retainer from the Dales Tourist Board.

    Your posts do such a wonderful job of promoting the area.

    As per my previous comment the Boss and I fully intend to visit as a result.

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