Sunday, 1 April 2012

From Keld to Swinner Gill Lead Mines & Beyond

On Saturday afternoon I walked almost to the top of Swinner Gill with my sister-in-law Alison.  We only intended going as far as Crackpot Hall but it was such a lovely day and we decided to go further.  We both live at the top of Swaledale (Alison for a lot longer than me) but neither of us had been to the lead mines at Swinner Gill so we carried on along the Coast to Coast Path keen to see where it would lead us.  The path is very rough, uneven & in places quite close to the edge but the views are worth the climb.  The remoteness of the lead mining site brings home the reality of what life must have been like for the men who worked there and the hardship they endured.                                                                                                                        

Looking back at the path we took to the Lead Mines

Just to prove we did the walk & hadn't spent the afternoon
in the Barbara's tearoom in Keld!
A very early wild violet

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