Saturday, 27 August 2011

Up, up and away

Otley Chevin's ridge is one of the highest points in the area and on a clear day you can see for miles.  It is said that you can see York Minster (cathedral) from here.  This view is looking west towards the city of Leeds, though it was a bit too hazy in the far distance to see clearly.  You can, though, make out the runway of Leeds Bradford Airport and a row of white planes lined up to the left of it.  The airport was at one time quite a minor affair but in recent years it has expanded considerably, serving the cities of Leeds and Bradford and the surrounding area.  You can now fly direct from here to most European countries, to the USA (New York) and to Pakistan, as well as to many other cities within the UK (though, strangely, not to London).  Other international destinations require a connecting flight from Amsterdam or Brussels.  Being so high up, the airport suffers quite badly from fog in the winter (as I know from experience, having been diverted to Manchester once when returning from Tenerife!)


  1. I live within viewing distance of East Midlands Airport. In Winter (when I have the clearer view becuase of the fallen leaves) I love to watch the planes tracking across the night sky and coming in to land.

    Ironically, I have never flown (though I have been up in a glider).

    The view from Chevin is very impressive! I'll add it to the list :)

  2. Nice shot of the plane taking off! I live in the flight path of the airport here and it can be quite noisy sometimes, but our airport is not that busy so it's not much of a problem.

  3. Grand view of our lovely countryside, we're so lucky to be so green!

    Gorgeous mauve heather in the foreground.

  4. Such a lovely picture stetching to infinity.

  5. A nicely composed image, jennyfreckles.

  6. Such a pretty hilltop view with those blue skies and that gorgeous heather in the foreground! ~Lili


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