A visit to the North York Moors

A visit to the North York Moors

Rievaulx Abbey and Rosedale mines

  • Posted On: 16 November 2021
Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England in around 1130. In the 12th century there was a community of 650 monks under its most famous abbot, Aelred. The monastery was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538 and fell into disrepair, becoming a ruins until it was saved for the public in 1917.  The ruins are on a much more magnificent scale than those at Jervaulx Abbey in the Dales, which was also one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire founded in...

A pleasant walk in Arkengarthdale

A pleasant walk in Arkengarthdale

Looking down Swaledale you can see Fremington Edge in the distance

  • Posted On: 10 October 2021
Welcome to Yorkshire is featuring my Walkshire walk from Langthwaite to Reeeth via Fremington Edge on Friday 15th October. Readers of 'Stone Tomb' will recognise the area where a walker went missing on his way to the pub. If you pop into the Red Lion you may meet the landlady who Nina questioned about his disappearance! There are spectacular views from Fremington Edge before descending into Reeth for a well-deserved pint or pot of tea. Reeth is not too far from Mills...

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness….

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness….

According to the Met Office, autumn began on 1st September.

  • Posted On: 17 September 2021
John Keats’ poem ‘To Autumn’ describes the season beautifully; it has been misty here in Swaledale and there is an abundance of mellow fruitfulness: blackberries, sloes, elderberries and rose hips that seem plumper than usual this year. It is the month when the new school year begins and I am clearing my own desk, ready to start on the next novel; plotting has begun already but the serious writing will be done during the autumn and winter when I am not distracted by...

Summer visitors are returning to the Dales

Summer visitors are returning to the Dales

School’s out and holiday cottages are filling up

  • Posted On: 2 August 2021
It’s the beginning of the school holidays and suddenly the villages in Swaledale are full of visitors.  Some are day trippers travelling from the North-east, West Yorkshire and further afield to enjoy the countryside. They are the fair-weather visitors, possibly staying long enough for an early pub meal but disappearing before the light fades. Some campers disappear when the rain falls for more than a few hours but families in holiday cottages or bed and breakfast accommodation...

Quick – we need more copies!

Quick – we need more copies!

Today I was collecting books from my printer

  • Posted On: 8 July 2021
I recently discovered that supplies of my books were getting dangerously low and a visit to the printer was called for. Before I moved to Yorkshire I was using a London-based company but it seemed sensible to find a reliable printer in the local area who could take on the job. Luckily, I discovered ‘Imprint Services’ in Northallerton and Andrew has been producing the books expertly for a number of years now. Today I was picking up more boxes of “Corpse Way” and...

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