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

Gale Mill


Dark and Satanic*, or Warm and Welcoming?

I can’t quite make my mind up. This is  the wonderfully restored and  preserved, Gale Mill in the Yorkshire Dales;  it was late  afternoon in November  and the light was fading.

Gayle Mill 2

There had been heavy rain the day before, and the river was thundering by.  The roads were awash.

Rivers were not to be messed with.


And then there was the snow, we’d chosen quite a high route to get to Gale and Hawes, but traveling in the campervan, we decided discretion was the better part of valour, turned around and took the low route instead!


In the end the snow didn’t become a problem, but the local highways department were in a state of preparedness…

Gayle 2

I was glad we were in the campervan and not camping!

Not camping_

I’m also glad we spent money on  a diesel heater for the van,  rather than spending the money on a van in any other colour than white, which comes at a premium. We were snug as bugs.

snow van 2

* Dark and satanic mills, might not be what I always thought they were!


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.

7 thoughts on “Gale Mill

  1. It certainly all looks rather bleak, and not really the weather to out in a camper van. xx

  2. I remember doing a walk from Burtersett, across fields on the trods down to Gayle then back along the road through Hawes, lovely country around there, even when bleak. There is something satisfying about finishing a walk in bad weather, that moment when you strip off the water proofs, take off your boots and settle down into a comforting warmth.

  3. Very interesting footnote. I’d always assumed the dark, satanic mills were a reference to industrialization, but the other answers do make sense. Blake certainly was an interesting character, and his poetry shows it. I love the photos, and would have loved being out and about in all that. There’s something about a truly gloomy day that appeals — as long as they don’t drag on for weeks at a time!

  4. ohh wow makes you feel like going out nice Photos
    will visit in the Summer not that brave now..lol

  5. Your photos are so gorgeous and what a difference your landscape is from mine in south Texas. I always enjoy seeing your corner of the world.

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