Monday, 18 October 2010
I set off in search of some autumn colour at the weekend and was slightly disappointed on two counts. Firstly, the trees here are generally not yet showing a great deal of colour - certainly not in comparison with some other countries, as seen on various blogs. Secondly, what looked like a promising day - bright sunshine when I left Saltaire - clouded over and became quite dull. Undaunted, I had an enjoyable walk up on the moors above Ilkley, past the famous Cow and Calf rocks... of which, more later.
My photo shows Ilkley Tarn, a pretty little lake just above the town. It's man-made, I think, probably intended as a destination for Victorian ladies visiting the spa to take a gentle walk round. I can just imagine them in their crinolines. I don't know how I've managed to miss it in all the trips I've made to Ilkley, but this is the first time I've seen it. It makes a very pleasant stroll and I shall definitely go there again. And next time I'll take some bread for the ducks, as they all swam over to inspect me and seemed very insulted that I was empty-handed!