Monday 30 May 2016

Keld Charity Tractor Run Part 2

One by one the tractors negotiate the steep descent and sharp bends ...
..... and cross the ford at the foot of Swinner Gill.
The steep climb back up the other side on rough going with s-bends 
requires skilled driving and gutsy little tractors.  
It was smiles all round at the end of an excellent tractor run. 
A big thank you to everyone who came from far and wide to take part in
the first Keld Charity Tractor Run.
See you all next time!

Keld Charity Tractor Run

Keld Charity Tractor Run took place on Sunday 29th May
to raise funds for The Keld Resource Centre.
Thirty six tractors of every shape and size, make and model assembled
 in John Rukin's car park in Keld village.  It was the perfect setting off point; plenty of space and .....
.... plenty of tea and bacon sandwiches to be had from Park Lodge tearoom.
Chris lead the way down the dale and soon had the cavalcade of tractors
off-road and through the Swale to Rampsholme Farm.
Some drivers had a passenger in the cab and others like Ruben Owen
of Ravenseat rode in a link box behind the tractor.
After a spectacular off-road section over Gunnerside Moor the tractors re-joined
the main road and made their way through Low Row, Reeth and onto Grinton for lunch.
After lunch it was back up the dale via Harkerside then sharp right alongside
pretty Ivelet Beck and over Ivelet Bridge.
Anne Kearton from Teesdale was the only lady driver of the day.

 Followed closely by her husband Stephen.  Eight people drove over from
Teesdale on Sunday morning to take part in the run.
The last leg of the journey came along the valley bottom before .... 
... stopping on at a vantage point to re-group and compare notes.


Wednesday 25 May 2016


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Pry House Farm, the bed & breakfast and Hillcrest Holiday Cottage 

Chalky and Valentine

Meet Chalky and Valentine our new calves.
Chalky?  Self explanatory. 
Valentine?  She has a heart on her hindquarters!
Chalky is a grand bull calf with a fine backside.
They are good pals and love to chase and play.


Lots of people ask us what these little archways in the hillsides are?
They are entrances to lime kilns where lime for the land was extracted
to be spread on the fields by hand.
We still spread lime on our meadow fields.  It helps to sweeten the land.
But these days we get contractors in - its a dusty old job!

Thursday 12 May 2016

Teddy Bear's Picnic

'If you go down to the woods today you sure of a big surprise,
If you go down to Low Row today you better go in disguise!
For every bear that ever there was,
Will gather there for certain because .....
Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic!'
'Whose been sitting in my chair?'
'More to the point, whose been supping MY beer?'

Monday 2 May 2016

Lapwing, Skylark & Woodcock

Pry House Farm is a haven of ground nesting birds. 
The pastures are bursting with Lapwings, Curlews, Skylarks,
Woodcock, Oyster Catchers, Redshank.
Lapwing chicks immediately after hatching.
The Skylark, a dainty little bird with a beautiful song and dramatic aerial display.

Eggs belonging to the Woodcock.

Gate Crashing!

 'No, my bush does not need pruning!'

'Clear Orff!'