A ride in the dales
weather forcast looked ok and as it was a day off work decided to take a run out in the beautiful yorkshire dales.
As usual the weather forcast was wrong and we enjoyed the normal English dull foggy grey day but at least i got a couple of shots i liked. Hope you enjoy
Aysgarth Falls are a triple flight of waterfalls, surrounded by forest and farmland, carved out by the River Ure over an almost a one-mile stretch on its descent to mid-Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales of England, near the village of Aysgarth. The falls are quite spectacular during wet weather, as thousands of gallons of water cascade over the series of broad limestone steps.
Aysgarth Falls have attracted visitors for over 200 years; Ruskin, Turner and Wordsworth visited, all enthusing about the falls’ outstanding beauty. The upper fall was featured in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
In addition to the falls, there are walks which wind through the wooded valley, offering views of the river and falls. Wild flowers appear in the spring and summer, and wild birds, squirrels and deer may also be seen. Nearby is St Andrew's church, which has a large churchyard, reputed to be the largest in England. The church has a medieval painted wooden screen rescued from the destroyed Jervaulx Abbey.
The River Ure is typical of the clean rivers and streams of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is rich in wildlife. The waters are much revered by fishermen because brown trout, grayling and the nationally rare native white-clawed crayfish are present. There is also a rich variety of insect life – including mayflies and stoneflies – providing a good food source for fish and birds. On a warm summer evening trout may be seen in the quieter sections of the river jumping into the air to swallow flies. Several different sorts of bird also frequent the river. The dark brown dipper with its white breast may be seen ‘bobbing’ at the water’s edge or diving under the water for food. A number of species of wagtail can also be seen here.
Aysgarth Falls and the adjacent Freeholders' Wood are best accessed along the falls trail and other public rights of way shown on the Ordnance Survey map mentioned above. The Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre is adjacent to the nature reserve and has ample car parking, a shop, café and toilets.
St Andrew's church
St Andrew's church
St Andrew's church
The Ribbleshead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales is an example of Victorian engineering at its very best.
At 1,320 feet long and 104 feet high, this spectacular viaduct spans the Ribble Valley and can be seen from miles around.
Today it still carries the Settle-Carlisle Railway, and is one of Yorkshire's most distinctive landmarks.
Two thousand railway workers lived in nearby shanty towns when the viaduct was built.
Work started in 1870 and the viaduct was completed in 1874.
Conditions for the workers or navvies were harsh with atrocious weather conditions - hundreds of men lost their lives during the construction.
There are memorials along the line to commemorate the lives of the navvies who died at St Leonards' Church, Chapel-le-Dale and St Mary's Church Outhgill.
One and half million bricks were used in the building of Ribbleshead and some of the limestone blocks weighed eight tons each.
The sheer scale of the structure is still awe-inspiring: the legs of the viaduct are 45 feet apart and the foundations extend down 25 feet.
Ribblehead Station, Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, DL8 3RA nearest sat nav location
well hope you enjoyed the day it is truely a beautiful spot and 1 that deserves a few more visits and a lot more photos.. but next time please a little sun would help
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