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...

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...

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