Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Let's go to Pateley Bridge

Saturday morning saw me up bright and early. The weather looked promising. Water heating for a coffee, and an egg custard to go with it. See to my ablutions in the public toilets which were open. It's not easy to brush ones teeth when the sink is a metal structure set into the wall, and automatically dispenses soap, hot water, and hot air. Wet flannel taken into a cubicle to wipe one's nether regions. I managed. 
Then I was ready to move. The plan was to drive to Brimham Rocks, some seven miles away, and have a look at that, then go for a longer walk. I arrived at the car park and was studying the pay machine. A lady came up and got herself a ticket with her plastic NT card. I was reading the instructions, said I was studying the prices and would I be able to pay with cash. Straight away she said I have two cards, I can get your ticket. Oh wow, I was beaming from ear to ear, what a kind thing to do. She saved me £9, the lovely lady. 
I had decided that I wanted to walk to Pateley Bridge, and could view the Rocks when I came back to the car. There are lots of paths coming out of that car park, it's very confusing. I soldiered on, went round in a circle, before I got going on the right path. 
The countryside is very beautiful in those parts, the scenery is quite spectacular. I always have the camera ready to whip out. 

After a trek along a very rocky path, I came across a cottage and the lady of the house was pottering in the garage. I stopped to chat, she was very friendly, I liked her. A good half an hour later we said cheerio and I was on my way. I followed her directions to the river, and all I had to do was follow that to Pateley Bridge. 




A stile with a dog flap. Pull the string which lifts the flap so the dog can walk through it. Saves having to lift a dog over it. 
You never know when you might get a surprise view. A mystery house. Always have the camera ready. 

At last I arrived in Pately. It was rather busy with tourists, walkers, cyclists, and bikers. A popular place at the weekend. Look at this cute garden decorated with lots of small ornaments and toys. They call it make a wish, and there was a plaque saying how much they have raised so far for charity. 
The main street in Pateley.


I walked up the hill to look at a church. Lovely views. 

At the top, a church with most of the front covered in corrugated sheeting. It looks a mess, but I'm sure it will look better once the renovations are finished. I heard music coming from the open door. 
A lady is playing the organ. I didn't stop to chat. Time was getting on and I still had a lot more walking to do. 

After a Magnum ice cream treat I went on my way, heading back to the car by a different route. I wonder if I can get lost again. 

More scenery pics on the next post. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona

4 comments:

  1. Another lovely place. Everything looked so neat and clean. The churches are always so nice.

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    1. Hello Tammy. A lot of churches have volunteers to keep them clean and tidy. I used to be the church cleaner here in my village for about three years.

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  2. Such pleasant peaceful-looking countryside to explore. Great photos too :)

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    1. Hello. I like to get off the beaten track and wander alone, following a route on a map. It was busy in Pateley Bridge so I didn't stay long.

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