Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Yorkshire, the name for me conjures up images of grim northern towns or bleak farm covered hills, rain and darkness predominate and the people gruff and taciturn. So I was looking forward to our camping trip in the middle of the wettest summer I’ve ever known.

We pitched the tent on a little site just outside of the village of Austwick, in between rain showers and in high wind. The site was nice and flat with about ¾ of the field filled by the time the sun set and very little noise from the site on the first night.

Sunday was spent doing touristy visits to the local villages and ended with me having to change a tyre on a supermarket car park after hitting a kerb at high speed.

Back at the camp site the numbers had dropped considerably and we all settled down to a quite night, until the disco started. Site rules stated that all noise should stop at 11:00, so at 10:45 at the other end of the field, from within a complex of tents and gazebos came the very loud sound of a 70’s disco. Not being someone who likes to spoil people fun I was happy to let this go on for a short time but by 12:00 I had had it with Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Chic, and The Jackson’s and set out in to the dark to confront the party animals. Now this is very un me, I hate confrontation and being quite small very rarely stand up to people let alone a group of drunks, in the dark, and in the middle of no where. My only consideration was that I would not have even have gotten out of my tent if they had been playing hard core rap or heavy metal, but 70’s disco! On reaching the tents I found that it really was a disco complete with lights and everything, the only people in view were a couple smooching on the dance floor and after prising them apart they were quite happy to turn the music off.

The next day saw us doing a short walk from Ingleton that worked its way up river past a staggering 17 waterfalls, the picture today is from this walk. Following on from this we tackled the Yorkshire 3 peaks (but not in one day as its about 25 miles) and also took one of the great train journeys from Settle to Carlisle, along what must be the most scenic line in the country.

All of the above was less than ½ an hour away from the camp site and all of it was fantastic. The weather did not interfere with our plans and for the most part we stayed dry, the light was fantastic and the countryside far lovelier than I expected, the people were great and very happy and bright. All in all a great week and I would go back in an instant.

Now playing: Chic - Le Freak
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Daisy said...

Wow! That is seriously a great picture - the water looks incredible...

Suburbia said...

Looks very magical

Anonymous said...

Wow, fantastic waterfall. Glad you had a nice week.

Anonymous said...

Glad you had such a great time. I remember it well... And that's a beautiful photo.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Glorious photo! Sounds like an incredible adventure beginning to end!

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