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