We chose start and end points served by rail: Ilkley at the start and Ribblehead at the finish. We stayed in inns and a bed and breakfast (a private home). What we had was on our backs.
A Built Environment
The sections we walked were increasingly rural, but never wilderness. Almost every scene included an element of human activity. At times, the well-maintained trail was hard work, but never technical.
The softer valley gave way to higher moorland. I love moorland: it's visually less cluttered than the scenes in the valley, but it plays to different perceptions. Light and perspectives changed and vistas evolved as we hiked.
Yorkshire has a lot of rocks and a lot of sheep, often indistinguishable from a distance.
|We crossed many variations of stiles.|
|19th century limestone kiln|
|Station Inn, Ribblehead Viaduct, open countryside|
We were finally away from it all: no cell signal, no WiFi. There was bonhomie, beer, good food, and comfortable beds.
I'm grateful. I got to be in a beautiful place with 100 years of friendship: chatting together, quiet together; the satisfaction we had shared a great hiking experience.