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A Walk on the Wild Side

That was a refreshing walk. We faced the wild west wind and survived! Here in Lepton on the edge of the Pennine Hills in Yorkshire the wind can be fierce, blasting in, gathering force as it sweeps down into the dales and vales. Gusts can take your breath away, near blow you over if you're not grounded.

And with the threat of rain, perhaps sleet, it's always best to be well protected, even for shorter walks. Today we didn't go that high but on some days on exposed higher paths it's easy to get caught out by flash storms, especially in winter.

Lepton Great Woods is an ancient woodland full of birch, oak, holly and beech. Medieval fields are still in evidence to the village side, separated by hedgerows, and to the west is open farmland, mainly pasture and grazing for sheep. The ubiquitous dry stone walls cover the countryside, marking the borders between farms, running right up to the distant hillsides and beyond.

When wind meets wood in winter expect a spectacular show! The taller thinner trees were being rattled and swayed, moving in unison, clashing, taken to the limits of their strength.

We saw only one or two birds, crows, braving the gale force winds between wood and hedgerow. They have amazing powers of flight, twisting and turning then wheeling away on a sweep of natural power.

Image Credit » Image by jackfrank

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Kasman wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:36 AM

I am also an outdoor enthusiast. Along with my eldest son (my Wingman) I camp and walk amongst Scotland's hills, particularly the Munros and know well the fury of Mother Nature!

rjsezack wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:48 AM

The wind can get hard here also. Up in the Panhandle of Texas the wind blows all the the time. Heard a feller say one that the wind stopped once and his all his cattle fell over.

basketofbuttons wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:54 AM

I set out for a walk late yesterday afternoon but turned tale pretty much as soon as I got out of the car as it was blowing a gale

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 10, 2015, 12:22 PM

Wow, by the end of your post I could almost feel myself experience the wind through my computer.

k2705 wrote on January 10, 2015, 4:00 PM

Sounds lovely. We didn't brave a walk today as it was really windy here too.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 12, 2015, 6:29 AM

What a lovely photo, I wouldn´t fancy walking that watery path though unless in Wellies. Mind you the extent of my walking these days in the countryside is usually limited to from the car park to the tea rooms LOL.