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08/09/21

Find your way around with OS Maps on foot, cycling, riding….

For a while now I’ve felt I should be talking about OS Maps for digital devices. I’m sure quite a few of you will have already experienced this invaluable tool…

 
25/08/21

Upland calcareous grassland in the Yorkshire Dales?

You’ll have to bear with me for this one, and there again you may be interested, but as you’ve been walking the hills in the Yorkshire Dales have you noticed…

 
30/06/21

Baler Twine? How many uses? See how many you can find in the glorious Yorkshire Dales!

Perhaps it’s a little strange for a topic for a blog but I’ve had baler twine on my mind for a few days. Ever since I came to the Yorkshire…

 
09/06/21

PL@NTNET TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY ALL THE WONDERFUL PLANTS AND WILD FLOWERS HERE IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES

I’m really quite excited at the moment and have even more reason to go out walking and wandering the glorious Yorkshire Dales. Having been chatting to a friend about all…

 
03/03/21

Take some time out to do some cloud gazing! Especially in the Yorkshire Dales

Take some time out to do some cloud gazing! No, really, they are there all time, never far away anyway, and they’re free.

 
14/02/21

The Work of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Like a lot of other organisations the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust have found the last twelve months a challenging time but you, our holidaymakers, have continued to support them throughout the year and we, and the YDMT, would like to say thank you.

 
30/01/21

A beautiful walk from West Burton into Bishopdale, not to be missed!

Yes, we are in lockdown but the Yorkshire Dales are still here waiting for you whenever you’re ready and able to return. January 2021 hasn’t been the best of months weather wise, it is winter after all, or has it just seemed so because of the situation we are all in. However on a good, clear, very still day with the ground hard and crunchy under foot I set off in the direction of Bishopdale.

 
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.

 
10/11/20

A poem for our times by Stephanie Fields ‘Let the Field Grow Back’

A friend sent this poem to me and I wondered if you might appreciate. Take the time to stand and stare there's always something to amaze. I'd like to say if only to look at the clouds but no small thing for me as they give so much pleasure!

 
02/05/20

Poem written in 1869 by Kathleen O’Mara

To start the month of May thought perhaps we could ponder a little more on our situation but also remember what has happened before. Came across this poem written in 1869, which was reprinted during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1919, and written by Kathleen O’Mara.

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