I’ve probably complained on here before, that living where we do, our regular dog walks are along a very busy road and that we only have the option of a couple of equally busy circular routes. As Sunday was a sunny warm day, I walked the dogs a little bit further than usual until we reached a lane which which is lovely and traffic free (not surprising as it’s a dead end!) By the time we got to the top I could only just hear the traffic from the main road which was a bit of a treat. Tilly put up a rabbit which fortunately was the other side of a fence, as I think I may have been dragged after it otherwise!
At the top of the lane you get a clear view across to Alderley Edge. It looks pretty remote in the photo but across the public footpaths I reckon it would only take you 45 minutes to get there on foot. Why does everything look so far away through the camera lens? The brown smudge on the hill is the landslide below Stormy Point, it is a huge scar of sandstone boulders. At the top of that is the Devil’s Grave, which is a open cast part of the mine workings, it is a crack in the rock which you can easily step over. You can get into it and walk along the rift, although they’ve sealed off the deeper bits with iron railings. If you are fan of The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen, it’s here that Colin and Susan first encounter the Svart Alfar, who come streaming out of the depths.
There was a lovely little hawthorn tree at the side of the field here which reminded me of the Hawthorn Day, I wonder how the little sapling at Hebden is doing?
Swallows were sat on the telephone wires by the farmyard on the way back, I expect that they’re getting ready to make their way back to Africa soon. I’ll miss them!