From Reeth to Hawes

A walk across the North of England – Day 7

If you were hoping for a sort of guide to the Wainwright Coast to Coast route, this isn’t it. We had been following, more or less, the route describe by old Alfred for the last couple of days, but we do love the Yorkshire Dales, and planned to spend some extra time there.

So, we leave The Wainwright route and Swaledale, and slowly wind our way through flowery meadows dotted with the distinctive cow’uses, the barns that are part of the unique rural landscape here. Crossing rivers on stepping stones we stroll up over the moors to Wensleydale and to Hawes for the night.

A big feature on this section of the walk was the amount of meadow flowers. The planting mix seems to contain a range of flowering plants like clover, bird’s-foot trefoil, buttercup and so on as well as grasses. Great for biodiversity and useful for the pollinators, many of whom buzz enthusiastically around our ears.

Yorkshire Dales Meadow
Cow’us and Meadow, 2022, acrylic on birch, 20 x 24 cm (8″ x 10″) visit the gallery

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