Thursday, 18 January 2018

Scenic Upper Swaledale in Snow

The landscape that we are so familar with changes completely 
when it is covered in a thick blanket of snow.

The fields and pastures are smoothed flat by the windblown snow
ruffled only by the sheep trod that snakes its way close to the wall.

 Dry stone walls are iced with a layer of frozen snow.
 Harkers cottage.  
Harkers was once a farm in its own right.  Many years ago Chris' father bought the land and the buildings either side of the cottage so they are all part of Hoggarths / Pry House farming enterprise now.  The cottage is now a second home.  There is a move at the moment by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to penalise second home owners by charging them five times the standard council tax rate in an effort to make such dwellings available for families / young people to live in permenantly. I can't imagine anyone wanting to live here 24:7 but I could be wrong! 

  All that is left of an old Nisson Hut styled into garage.  
People who lived in these parts were not just hardy and tough but resourceful too.  

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