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Walking in Cumbria and Beyond

Bewerley and Greenhow

Bewerley and Greenhow

Grey sky,

grey walls

and muted colour merged into into an endless apron of rolling dales.

Autumn may have turned the woodlands into a rash of vibrancy but the moorlands surrounding Greenhow had become bland, brown under a battering of ferocious wind.

For a while.


The wind though had a purpose.  The grey blanket bunched into dark knots and soft light began to filter through with the merest highlight of green on the horizon.



Light adds everything to the landscape.  Barbed wire and fence posts took on a new life with definition and depth.

walls and wire

Colours matched those of the valley and the attraction of life on the moors returned.


with green,


and blue


liberally applied.  A much brighter place to be.


Lead mines were prolific and their detritus remains scattered


along Brandstone Beck


Down in the valley trees clung to their clothes


Casting clear reflection and

Fish ponds

Fish Pond Wood – Pateley Bridge

making a myth the bland beginnings of the day.


Looking over to Two Stoops

My route


We set off from Gillbeck Farm, (where I was staying, public parking in Pateley Bridge) to follow the Industrial Heritage Trail.  Did not quite complete it as due to a lack of notice of the map we followed the Nidderdale Way right instead of left just beyond Brandstone Beck.

Note as well that the meeting of footpaths at SE124 638 is no longer there, having been taken in by the Quarry and Cold Stone Cut.  The site is worth a visit it you have not been before, but the path now follows the perimeter fence around to the left.  You can see the full route on The WalkingEnglishman but you need to adjust for the new extended quarry.


You will need this OS Map

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