Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Edale, Derbyshire

 

Driving to Edale on Sunday we stopped off to get a few shots of the inversion in the Hope Valley.  The little pointy summit in the distance is Win Hill.  Stunning day.

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Edale village

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Holy Trinity Church

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With its ancient rookery

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Looking across the valley to Mam Nick, just below Mam Tor with the last vestiges of the inversion

 

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No shortage of watering holes

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and here’s another one

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River Noe

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Descending from Hollins Cross

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Cairn at Hollins Cross

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Paragliders above Mam Tor

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Looking across to Grindslow Knott

Stunning day out in a beautiful place, hard to believe it’s only March!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Edale Skyline

 

Glorious day for the Edale Skyline Fell race, well for spectators anyway – a bit warm for the runners.  Ian and Julie acquitted themselves well and I had a lovely jog up to Hollins Cross and onto Mam Tor to see the runner through and watch the paragliders doing there stuff.  More to follow.

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Walking to the start

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Ian ready for the off

Runner's eye view here

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They’re off

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Hollins Cross – above and below

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Bike rider coming down from Mam Tor

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Runners heading up on to Mam Tor

Well that’s the weekend done but definitely feels like summer’s here with the light nights giving me and Bruce a chance to get out over the fields after work.  Let’s hope it stays that way.

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Brucie goes for a run

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Catching the rays

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Ribchester

 

What a gorgeous day for being by the river, or anywhere really! We decided to spend a couple of hours in Ribchester where the sun shone and the River Ribble certainly looked at its best.

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Hide and seek

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The origins of St Wilfreds church can be traced back to the 7th Century. Evidence of Norman architecture in the now blocked doorway in the North wall of the nave can be seen in written records going back to the 11th century with further additions thereafter.

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A delightful place to visit with many historic features

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The village has a long history, with evidence of Bronze Age beginnings. It's well known as a significant Roman cavalry fort called Bremetennacum; some parts of which have been exposed by excavation. The most complete being the Roman Baths.


"It is written upon a wall in Rome; Ribchester was as rich as any town in Christendom".


In common with many towns and villages in East Lancashire its later history was dominated by cotton weaving; firstly in the form of hand loom weaving and later in two mills. Many of the stone cottages have date stones from the 17th and 18th century. .

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Stone lintel above the doorway of one of the cottages

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The White Bull

The White Bull pub has been serving the villagers since 1706.  Good place to enjoy a pint in the beer garden, with a good range of food on offer.