Beyond the Crowds

“Everybody likes driving through scenic, winding roads. It’s hard to find people who like sitting in traffic in cities.” – Karl Lagnemma

little black lamb


This weekend the challenge over at Weekly Prompts the site I share with my partner GC is SCENIC.

Over the years, I’ve shared many of my scenic photographs on my blog. Today it’s another family affair, I not only repeat a couple of my own but also photographs kindly shared by my family on some of their recent walks around the neighbourhood during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

View towards homeLooking towards home from the south.


Looking Northwards from homeFrom Home – Looking North 

Click an image for a larger view. 

Daughter Victoria and son-in-law Simon both shared photographs of the black lambs that are grazing in one of the fields higher up the lane.

Keen to avoid the local well known beauty spots, a few weeks ago Victoria and family took a walk down Old Pool Bank.

Their walk led them into the woodland where they used to live on Avenue Des Hirondelles. Walking along the track they passed their old home. Eventually,  they exited the track and crossed over the busy Pool Bank New Road and following another track they made their uphill journey home.

Last month, they walked further down the hillside to Pool-in-Wharfedale.

In the valley, they made their way along the quiet non-tourist area of the banks of the River Wharfe. Grandson Max tried his hand at foraging and brought back garlic roots which he baked in the oven to make garlic potatoes and a little pot of garlic mayo.

Other photographs were provided by daughters Louisa (Scarlett and Lily-Jane) and Sophie with Evie when they walked separately on Otley Chevin. Sophie and Evie took chalks with them and left rainbows supporting the NHS on some of the boulders.


The grass on my farm has grown incredibly long, I’d assumed that Richard, who rents the land, had decided to grow hay this year, but a couple of days ago he told me I was wrong, he’d been resting the land and I’d have cattle by the weekend.

First group of cattle June 2020The first group of cattle arrived yesterday on a swelteringly hot afternoon.

I heard the deep bellowing of the cattle before I saw them running down the field kicking up their heels and announcing their arrival.

© 2020. Weekend Challenge Scenic from Weekly Prompts.

43 thoughts on “Beyond the Crowds

    1. You’re on Derrick’s neck of the woods then. What a beautiful place you live in, and you have a much better climate than we do up here, but I don’t envy you the intense heat on days like we’ve had this week!

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      1. I been reading about Bournemouth, and half a million people descending on the beaches in all that heat! What chance have any of us got when faced with such stupidity! Oddly enough I’m just writing a little about it.

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      2. Incidentally, did you see there was a “map” block? I saw it the other day and changed the static map image on my “naming” page to use this block instead. You don’t need to put in your real address, it accepted my nearest city.

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    1. It’s a long walk to undertake, I could have managed the walk along the fields on the riverbank but we live so high up and the walk back up to the top would have killed me 😀 Thank you, Ivor 🙂

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  1. There’s nothing better on a beautiful summer’s day than to go for a walk in the countryside. And if you have family and friends with you, all the better. Lovely photographs, Sue and a lovely touch leaving the rainbows on the boulders.

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    1. Unfortunately, even though we could easily physically distance, the walks they took were too far for me to go with them. and even if I’d gone down the hill I would never have managed the long haul back up again! Thank you, Trev 🙂

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      1. Oh dear, Sue, I know how you feel. There’s a walk by us that is relatively flat and is just over a mile in length. That suits me. Another one is in a local wood and to just be in there and here nothing but the sounds of nature is the nearest thing to heaven I’ve found.

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    1. We get that view from the top floor, it’s deceiving in that you don’t see the valley, the river and the villages, you just see the hillsides beyond. Thank you, Andrew

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    1. We are very fortunate to live here. Yes, every time they go anywhere they take photographs for me in case I’d like them for my blog. It’s also nice to see where they’ve been. Thank you, Rita 🙂

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Your countryside is awesome. Everything looks so lush and untouched by technology. But, I have to admit, my favorite pics have sheep and cattle in them!!

    Ambitious walks your family takes. Bravo. And they’re rewarded for their effort with beautiful scenery. Love the rainbows Sophie and Evie left for others to enjoy. I bet they would love painting rocks and leaving them along their path. Big thing here. The idea is, you leave a rock you’ve painted somewhere visible on public land. Someone comes along, takes a fancy to it, and replaces it with one they’ve painted!

    Thanks so much for sharing these.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Yes, the painting of rocks happens here but they are usually left in place, Sophie and Evie found a trail down by the area of the river they favour. They love going out walking and there are some great spots around here. Thank you, Ginger 🙂


    1. Lois, your comment made me smile too. The UK is beautiful, but my little part of Yorkshire will always be my favourite Thank you so much, Lois 🙂


  3. Such a beautiful place you live, Sue! I can hear the cows, too. (Although it might be the ones who live on ranches that surround our home. 🙂 )
    It is always healing and joyful to walk in nature! I’m so glad we have nature to keep us company all the time, but especially during these times. 🙂
    Tell Sophie and Evie that their rainbows are brightening the world! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    1. We were allowed to go out walking for exercise and I think they all chose well by not only walking in lovely areas but in keeping away from the crowds. And, Victoria’s choice was only a short way up the river from your grandaughter in Otley. They joined the river in Pool-in-Wharfedale and followed the river by walking alongside the fields towards Castley.
      Thank you, Sylvia

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      1. I saw on my granddaughter’s FB that The White Swan is opening July 1st for meals inside, but not for sitting around the bar. It’s run by her boyfriend but she lives in Manchester and is working as a trauma counselor for the NHS.

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      2. I think the government was wise to make that decision, standing around a bar is too risky. I’m glad you cleared up where she lived, I just assumed she lived in Otley with her boyfriend. Thank you, Sylvia.

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      1. You said you weren’t over-fond of cattle at the moment since a recent encounter. my reply meant that I was sorry about the encounter and hope the aversion to 🐄🐂🐄 soon passes! Hope that clarifies 🙂


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