A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Yorkshire Holiday - Wednesday,14th September - Part 2: The Strid
Earlier this year Amanda from The Quiet Walker blog did a post on her visit to Strid Wood and a natural feature called The Strid where a river can swallow people!! I was fascinated by the idea and, as we were so close, just had to go and have a look.
Don't you just love stone walls covered in moss? :)
It was a beautiful walk through ancient woodland.
J M W Turner visited Bolton Priory and the surrounding area several times producing a series of water colours and sketches of the Priory, The Strid and Barden Tower seen in the distance in the photo below.
Finally, we reached The Strid where the river suddenly narrows forcing water through a gap at great pressure. Should you be unlucky enough to fall in there is reputedly a 100% fatality rate due to a deadly combination of fast currents, vortices, underwater rocks and overhanging rocks. It gets its name from the Anglo Saxon word "stryth" meaning turmoil or tumult.
We drove further into the Dales stopping off at a picturesque village called Burnsall. It is such a shame we weren't there longer because I really would have liked to explore more of the Dales and villages.
E catching Pokemon at the Priory, I think.
On the way back to the cottage we stopped at a pub in Embsay called the Elm Tree Inn for a meal - good pub food with huge servings at great prices :)
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