A walk in the footsteps of DS Nina Featherstone

A walk in the footsteps of DS Nina Featherstone

Another “Walk of the Day” – this time in Arkengarthdale

  • Posted On: 24 June 2021
There was a last minute change to the route of the Welcome to Yorkshire “Walkshire Walk of the Day” on 11th June and the focus shifted to “Lead Mines of Swaledale”, a six-miler that starts at Surrender Bridge and follows Old Gang Beck to the Old Gang Smelting Mills. Visitors are often surprised by how much of the old workings are still visible.  For those interested in learning more about everyday life in Swaledale when lead mining was a thriving industry, there...

Welcome to Yorkshire sets out to share a "Walk of the Day" every day throughout 2021

Welcome to Yorkshire sets out to share a "Walk of the Day" every day throughout 2021

The ‘Walk of the Day’ for June 11th is ‘The Swaledale Circular’, and I have provided sponsorship because it is an opportunity for readers to explore the area where you will find my fictional sleuth, Dr Mills Sanderson.

  • Posted On: 25 May 2021
The ‘Swaledale Circular’ is an eleven-mile walk around Swaledale that starts and ends in the village of Gunnerside. From there, the path follows the river to Muker, via Ivelet, passing close to Mossy Bank, the home of my fictional sleuth Dr Mills Sanderson. Mills has been known to visit the pub in Muker, and the walk to Keld is one of her favourites. The route follows the river to Keld before turning eastwards towards Gunnerside Moor, a barren area where there are fascinating...

Spring has arrived!

Spring has arrived!

The better weather has finally arrived in time for the late lambing season that we have here in Swaledale.

  • Posted On: 23 April 2021
Now, with the days growing longer and the evenings lighter, I would normally begin a series of dates throughout the year, talking to groups about my crime novels. This year is different for obvious reasons and I have just re-organised a booking from next month to May next year! It is disappointing but as we gradually emerge from lockdown things will begin to get back to some kind of normal. Meanwhile I am busy editing the first book in a new series. For readers who have asked when they might...

Solving the mystery puzzles

Solving the mystery puzzles

Have you noticed how fictional detectives enjoy crosswords and other puzzles?

  • Posted On: 13 March 2021
Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse is a good example of a crossword solving policeman, indicating his astute mind and ability to solve clues, however obtuse they might be. I sometimes manage to complete the cryptic crossword in my paper but recently I have been doing jigsaws in my spare time. It began with the traditional picture of a garden but soon I found Escher’s “Waterfall” tucked away. It is grayscale and very repetitive – so that took a while. But now I have...

Wishing you all a Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Happy New Year

Despite everything let’s try to be positive!

  • Posted On: 1 January 2021
No-one wants to have another year like the last one and we all hope that rolling out the vaccines will eventually get the virus under control. Meanwhile we all need to keep safe and carry on. So how did you keep going during 2020? Gardening seems to be a common theme and I certainly spent a lot of time in the summer weeding, pruning and generally keeping my garden in the best shape ever. Once autumn arrived it was back indoors to a combination of books and jigsaws. I have enjoyed reading a...

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