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26/01/21

One Day by Donna Ashworth, a beautiful poem of hope

A lovely friend of mine sent this poem to me and felt I needed to share with you, do hope you enjoy. The poem is written by Donna Ashworth and the image, One Day, is by the wonderful Charlie Mackesy, author of ‘The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse’…

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13/01/21

Harmby and Spennithorne, villages near to Leyburn in Wensleydale

Perhaps a little mention about Harmby and Spennithorne in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales, I talk about them both together as they are small villages just east of Leyburn about half a mile apart. Some of the walks on my blog take you through the villages but not a mention otherwise.…

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02/01/21

Circular walk from Richmond to find Willance's Leap

On a bright, shining, truly stunning winter’s day we set off from Richmond in a westerly direction to find the monument at Willance’s Leap, an interesting if gory story but well worth a read and well worth walking to!…

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21/12/20

From Darkness to Light by Leslie Annaliese, a poem for the Winter Solstice

I seem to have posted a few poems this year, perhaps it’s the times we are living in but 2021 will be better! These particular few days in December, the Winter Solstice, are always important to the Bell household as we know we are now on the way back to Spring and longer days.…

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18/12/20

The Ancient Trees Walk at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon

The day was quite grey and a little drizzly when Joanne and I set off on the Ancient Trees Walk at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon but in no way did it spoil our enjoyment of this lovely walk. About three and half miles, including to and from the car park to St. Mary’s church, easy going and so interesting.…

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13/12/20

Pateley Bridge in wondrous Nidderdale AONB, a must visit whilst you're here!

Pateley Bridge is a small market town perched on a steep sided valley in the wonderful Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty. There has been a settlement on this site since the 12th century and very picturesquely straddles the River Nidd.…

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