This included paths we'd not walked before, gained a little bit of height, and wasn't too far a drive from home. Perfect! And on a wonderfully sunny day in December, how could we go wrong? A picture paints a thousand words, so here we go................
We decided we needed hats, gloves and layers as we set off from the car park in Muker. Once we were all wrapped up, we took the left path out of the village to make our way up Kisdon Hill.
|Swaledale east of Muker in the crisp clear sunlight|
|Looking west towards Great Shunner Fell.|
|The white of the frost was quite beautiful across the top of Kisdon Hill.|
|Looking back to Great Shunner Fell|
|Sunlight and frost white. Crag Hall on the left, the houses making up Greens on the right.|
We made our way to the north slope of Kisdon Hill. Everything around us sparkled or glowed in the afternoon sun.
|Warm glow on frosty ground. Looking over to Keld|
|Cold, crisp frosty shadow.|
(I should also tell you that the first time Peter and I came here, it was a thick sheet of wet, slippery ice all the way down. We never actual made a step, just slid, holding onto the fence with grim determination and using it to control the speed of our slide as well as prevent the thud of derriere on hard, packed, ice. You could hear us laughing for miles.)
So for anyone else visiting in snowy, icy conditions, may I suggest crampons and an ice axe!
|Definitely winter here.|
|The frosty and noble looking lump of Kisdon Hill from the path above West Wood|
|The wonderfully dramatic slopes of upper Swaledale.|
|This landmark guards the track entrance to Crack Pot Hall.|