Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

On the other side of the Pennines…

28th September 2009

2002 was a year when I ended up crossing the Pennines for various tasters of Yorkshire Dales scenery; it might have been that the weather was better over there that year. When figuring out where to go, a look at a weather map can either settle the issue of where I am going or cause utter confusion and I have had both happen to me! On my usual side of the Pennines, cloud has taken up residency but the days have remained dry. While not photogenic weather, it certainly does not preclude going for a walk or a cycle. However, the sight of some predicted sunshine further east drew me to Yorkshire. Perusing the Yorkshire Dales album of my photo gallery drew the mind to Wharfedale and the idea of walking along the Dales Way from Burnsall to Ilkley entered the mind. It’s picturesque countryside with pleasant adornments of human construction and they were set to add interest to the hike. In the event, I got away for a day and pulled a cracker. My route meant encountering more of humanity than is usual for me but there were less busy interludes too to give a sense of battery recharging. For now, the full story will need to wait and it’s causing my mind to journey over previous Yorkshire Dales incursions too. There are two outcomes to that rumination: another separate posting or none at all. We’ll have to wait and see.

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