Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Wensleydale walls


The Yorkshire Dales are famed for their drystone walls. We spent some time on the photography workshop trying out different compositions at a spot in Wensleydale where the walls followed the curving slopes of the terrain. It was very pretty with all the buttercups and cow parsley in bloom.

Some of the walls are obviously functional, whereas others leave you wondering... In fact, one of them seemed to form its own question mark. Often you marvel that anyone could be bothered to build a wall in such a spot. Some of them are so high up on the hillsides and built on precipitous slopes, though these particular meadows near the bottom of the valley were quite gently rolling.

7 comments:

  1. Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your recent photos. We 'discovered' the Gayle Mill several years ago whilst roaming about in Yorkshire. Nearly died of heart failure on the 'quick way to Skipton' as a local directed us. As Australians we are not used to roads with 20% incline bordered by rock fences. Just loved the Hebden Bridge photos as my ancestors left there in 1854 and I just loved visiting it as well as Heptonstall. I suppose with the maiden name of Sutcliffe I felt at home. Cheers from Geelong.

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  2. WOW! No words to express the beauty of the place. Beautiful color spread all over. The fence made by stones looks beautiful:)

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  3. Drystone walls are rare, but do stand up to time due to the well balanced placement of different size stones. I have a friend who teaches people how to build them, an almost lost art.

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  4. Those are beautiful walls, Jenny!

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  5. They're in a beautiful landscape.

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  6. Certainly the hard-working Yorkshire farmer built his "question mark" for a purpose. I believe it provides a solid wall behind which his sheep can shelter from the harsh winter snowdrifts.

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  7. You've captured the stonewalls perfectly.

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