Tag: moors

In Search Of Heathcliff

Yes, that one…

Today we went to Penistone Hill in Yorkshire to do our Bronte walk. The sun was out, and although it is still winter here it was a glorious day with highs of 13c. I parked 1.4 miles away from the Bronte Parsonage and headed towards Bronte Bridge and Falls. I had not been here for just over 21 years, so it was nice to visit it again, although I have been to Haworth many times in the past 10 years.

Our Route
Heather on the Moorlands
Bronte Bridge Approach
Bronte Bridge
Marker stone after the bridge was rebuilt after being destroyed by floods
This is NOT Top Withens obviously, just an old farmhouse that we passed on the hike.

Wuthering Heights Inn was a lovely pub that we stopped at for lunch. They are dog-friendly which was really nice, they provided us with dog treats, bowls of fresh water and a warm welcome. M had a hot beef and gravy sandwich with thick chips. I decided to have a dirty burger which was a half pounder with cheese, pulled pork and chilli mayo, side of salad with sweet balsamic dressing, fries and onion rings. Needless to say, it was rather delicious and was washed down with a pint of bitter shandy. Mazikee and Harper helped eat the chips.

Our view whilst having lunch
Me and Mazikeen – as usual by my side with a stick.
Me with Harper watching the sheep
Mazikeen now locked on to the sheep. She was doing a very low growl, then howling at them which was very funny to watch.
Looking for Heathcliff
The Reservoir

All in all, it was a lovely day, I am slightly burned from the sun and wind, mostly the wild and windy moor. Alas, we never found Heathcliff or Cathy or managed to get to Top Withens, but will go that way next time. All told I hiked 6.5 miles with the girls. Mazikeen probably did about 12 miles or more as she was off lead and ran about everywhere, leaping into every muddy puddle, stream, and the waterfalls. I kept Harper on her lead as she is a bugger for taking off on her own adventures.

Not too sure where we will hike next Saturday weather permitting that is, but I am looking forward to more adventures.

Summertime…

… and the living is easy.

Well, in truth it’s not.  We are not used to temperatures currently of 32.5c (90.5f) on this little old Island, and it has been hotter than this in June.  Being about 650 miles away from the arctic circle here in the north we do not get such balmy temperatures and are more happy with 21c or 22c.

We cannot walk the dogs as within minutes they are exhausted or have to go at first light being about 4:30am or after 11pm.  Even Mazikeen is doing a rain dance in the hope to get cooler weather and quench the parched lands.

There have been wildfires up here too.  One part of the dues was alight, which spread to the woods, which destroyed several acres.  Where one of my friends lives there are wildfires on the moorlands that have caused massive devastation and according to the Woodland Trust will take a decade to get to back to being habitable again.  Other fires are at Saddleworth Moor, Winter Hill and Rivington Moor.

On some days if we look inland we can see a haze line of smoke from the moors fires.  Last Thursday we were out and about and could see the devastation of the moor fires and even see the flames leaping about.  This is not something we usually see in the UK in real life, the closest we get to this is watching the fires rage in the likes of California on the TV.

 

 

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