Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Good views over Settle

Hello. A glorious day today for walking, and another 13 miles to add to the total. I had a steady start uphill out of Settle, heading towards Langcliffe. I remembered this view from a previous walk. 
On a bit further and you can see almost the whole of Settle nestling in the valley.

And one last look before I go over the hill.

I bypassed Langcliffe and went on to Upper Winskill, The track then took me to Catrigg Force, a waterfall flowing down to Stainforth Beck. The pictures don't do it justice, it was like a fairy grotto with the sun shining down through the trees.

This is where it starts at the top, it's just a stream, but by the time the water plunges over the rocks and crashes down to the bottom, it is very loud.

Here it is the water arriving in Stainforth village. I crossed over the stepping stones and sat on a bench for ten minutes.

Passing through Stainforth, and Little Stainforth, I headed for Feizor. It was wide open spaces with sleeping sheep all around me. Some of them sensed I was too close and got up to move out of the way. I wish they wouldn't do that, I can easily walk round them. I came across a few other walkers who were making the most of the good weather. This is part of the Dales High Way, a long distance path.

There was a cafe in Feizor which looked very popular. Quite a few motorcycles and cars in the car park, and everyone sat outside eating. I popped in for my favourite Magnum ice cream, then off I went to Austwick.

 By now it was mid afternoon, time I was heading back, so I followed the road through Lawkland.

Then carried on along the road to Giggleswick. Three large tractors passed me on the narrow road and I had to get out of the way. They then turned into a field so I stopped to watch for a few minutes. Those machines were fascinating. The first one has two large wheels on the back, like spokes, which turned in a circular motion and gathered the hay into long sausage like piles.

It went all around the edge of the field first.

Then the second machine followed it straddling the piles, gathering it up, and dropping it out of the back in a perfect roll covered in a net.

Very clever I thought, I bet they had the whole field done in an hour.

Giggleswick has a big school, with three bronze statues at the front. A good opportunity for a selfie, I thought. Just managed to take it as the battery was running out.

I got back to Settle just after 6pm. This is my last night here, before moving on tomorrow.

It's late, bed time, thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip


  1. Those gizmos that cut and gather the hay into windrows/straight lines are called swathers here in the USA. The other gizmo that creates windrows from previously cut hay is a reel. The large round balers cut down on the work, no having to buck bales or stacking by hand. Most people I know who still bale in the small rectangles are feeding horses or sheep/goats in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

    Lovely scenery on your walk around Settle.

  2. What wonderful photos, you are having a great time and seeing so much. Thanks for taking us along! JanF

  3. I like the picture with the hay roll covered in a net. Great work done by the tractors!
    Nature is beautiful everywhere. But it is the workings of the human mind and the machines that add interest to the landscape.

  4. I cant sleep for some reason.Woke up at 3 30 am and laid there,tossing n turning so i thought i would get up at 4 and look on here...and again,some beautiful relaxing photos.The waterfall one reminds me of a place we used to go to which isnt that far from where i live.Its isnt as big as the one on your photo though,but still really relaxing to sit by.So ive made up my mind,that the next walk i go on will be to that place.Its beautiful there and only about 6 mile away.I really should go more often!!,Hope the sun shines for you today!,Debi,Leic,x

  5. Stunning water scenes, I to would have gone across the stepping stones, so much fun.
    Thanks again Ilona for an interesting post.
    Enjoy wherever you are today.
    Hazel c uk

  6. Wonderful pictures Ilona. It's not a part of the Dales I'm familiar with but you make me want to visit.
    Glad you got more good weather.
    Jacquie x

  7. Really lovely photo's Ilona. It looks a beautiful part of the world. Glad you are enjoying your holiday and hope the weather holds out for the remainder of it.

  8. Lovely photos Ilona, thank you. I'm not able to get away this summer due to hubby's knee problems, so it's good to see the beautiful countryside is still there

  9. This is exactly how I picture in my mind the wonderful UK countryside. Hills and valleys with picturesque villages, rivers with stone bridges, cottages with colorful flowers, paths with roaming sheep and cows and farmers in their daily chores. I love all of it. Thank you for taking me there today and everytime.

  10. Great to see you on another exploration Ilona-it looks beautiful x


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