Bewerley and Greenhow
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.
Colours matched those of the valley and the attraction of life on the moors returned.
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 Pond Wood – Pateley Bridge
making a myth the bland beginnings of the day.
Looking over to Two Stoops
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