Nidd Gorge

Only the Harrogate district

NYCC councillors have a VOTE TO STOP A HARROGATE RELIEF ROAD going through Nidd
Gorge. The vote is THIS WEEK Thursday 7

Together we can stop the progress of ‘Package
E’ in its tracks. Package E states one
or other of the Green or the Blue route will go ahead – through Nidd Gorge. Your councillors can only let ‘Package B’ go
through, therefore stopping a relief road through Nidd Gorge.

Please write now. BEFORE
THE NYCC MEETING this Thursday 7 December.
Every letter or email counts,
however brief. For ideas of what to
write go to Facebook ‘Keeping Nidd Gorge Gorgeous’. FAO Graham
Chalmers – Harrogate Advertiser, Cardale Park Harrogate HG3 1RZ

Margaret Atkinson – Masham and Fountains

01765 658545

Parkfield, Galphay Road,
Kirby Malzeard, Ripon, HG4 3RX

Philip Broadbank – Harrogate and Starbeck

01423 888377

19 Prospect Close, Starbeck, Harrogate, HG2 7PR

Mike Chambers MBE – Ripon North

07743 286879

Kirkdale, Littlethorpe Lane, Ripon, HG4 1UB

Jim Clark – Harrogate Harlow

01423 872822

74 Green Lane, Harrogate, HG2 9LN

Richard Cooper – Harrogate Central

01423 705074

Flat 1, 107 East Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5LR

John Ennis – Harrogate Oatlands

01423 563904

12 St James Drive, Harrogate, HG2 8HT

Michael Harrison – Lower Nidderdale and Bishop Monkton

01423 536157

18 Sorrel Grove, Killinghall Moor, Harrogate, HG3 2XE

Paul Haslam – Harrogate Bilton and Nidd Gorge

07971 654703

Woodside Farm, Bilton, Harrogate, HG1 4DH

Stanley Lumley – Pateley Bridge

01423 712036 and 07368 212947

Lyndene, Bewerley, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5HS

Don Mackenzie – Harrogate Saltergate

01423 872211

4 Firs Drive, Harrogate, HG2 9HB

John Mann – Harrogate Central

07743 578256

Stuart Martin MBE – Ripon South

01765 601218

12 Deep Ghyll Walk, Ripon, HG4 1RL

Zoe Metcalfe – Knaresborough

01423 322223

Pear Tree House, The Nookin, Marton cum Grafton, York, YO51 9QW

Andy Paraskos – Ainsty

07808 803667

16 Castle Street,
Spofforth, Harrogate, HG3 1AP

Cliff Trotter – Pannal and Lower Wharfedale

01423 879589

17 Fulwith Road, Harrogate, HG2 8HL

Geoff Webber – Harrogate Bilton
and Nidd Gorge

01423 560378

1 Burnside Drive, Harrogate, HG1 2BH

Nicola Wilson – Knaresborough

07943 939031

c/o Deomcratic Service, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD

Robert Windass – Boroughbridge

01423 323928

12 Harness Lane,
Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9PF

Package B:
Demand Management and Behavioural Changes Package with no Relief Road Package
E: – Relief Road plus Highway Operational Improvement Measures, Sustainable
Transport and Urban Realm Improvement Interventions

A day on the river.

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Today was the one day a year Yorkshire water open the outfall of thruscoss dam, and allow the Washburn to flood down to fewston reservoir. The canoe club is not one to allow this opportunity to go to waste. And I’m not one to allow a photo op go either.

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the day was grey with a lot of cloud it really was dull and this meant there where a few issues with photography. Most of the river is under tree cover, which meant the lack of light was further limited. I had to really bump up the ISO to get the shutter speed I needed, and the fastest lens I had brought was a 2.8 17-50.

I switched to full manual and constantly tweaked the exposures. It was hard work. But well worth it as I feel I got some good shots, and I worked for them. I would of used a flash but felt it would be off putting to the canoeists.

The Long walk back.

More images of course available on my ipernity site:


MooredI decided I would go to Knaresborough on Sunday, as I had nothing better to do.

So I hopped on the bus, paid my £3 return journey. I hadn’t been to Knaresborough for some time.

It was wonderfully quiet in the castle gardens. A few people out walking their dogs, a jogger or two, but generally it was eerily quiet.

I started shooting the already cliché views of Knaresborough, the ones you see time and time again, the viaduct, the view from the grounds. It was boring obvious stuff, and the only reason I had done it was for the sake of using the Sigma 10-20mm that often sits unloved in my bag.

I like the lens, but I forget how to use it, each lens has its quirks, and the 10 is no different. It tends to get high contrast wrong, and over exposes. I had forgotten this and a few shots the blowout was way to much and the image had to be rejected.

But I pressed on.

Blind Jack

Blind Jack was still sat on his bench, and I broke out the flash to photograph him. It isn’t often I use flash, but because of the strong back light that time in the morning, I had little choice. I think I may of frightened those people sat in Cafe Nero with the bright flash 🙂

I went down the long steps toward the waterfront, and walked along both ways, trying to inspire or motivate myself.

I found little there that did that.

18082013-DSC_9774So it was back up the long really steep steps to the castle. I was knackerd when I reached the top. I really must work on my levels of fitness..

At the top I saw a young couple, he had obviously done something to really annoy her, as she was blocking him at every move. So of course I took a picture 🙂
Not talking to you..From there it was a short walk around the really small market Knaresborough has on a sunday, there was a Magian putting on a show for the kids as part of Knaresborough Feva, and I took a few images of the crowd and Magian. Nothing spectacular or worthy though.

Back on the bus and away home. I suppose it was good to get out the house for a while.

More Knaresborough images at:

Wet and Wild

I parked the car, and the first thing I thought was bloody hell. The wind was howling outside the car, which was rocking in the wind. The rain was hitting the side windows like little bullets.

I stepped out the car, and pulled my boots out, and my windproof changing into the boots on the far side of the car, out of the wind and rain, I considered my self nuts for going out in this. But I don’t care. I’m outside in the fresh air.

Walking along the path into the wind, my windproof doing its job and keeping the worst of the wind out, but th rain stinging my face, like sandpaper. It was 2 miles before the path became shelterd, and another half mile to the walkers shelter. I ploughed through, hating my self for forgetting my Lowe Alpine Moutain Cap.

In the warmth of the sheler I sat and watched the rain falling. During the summer, you cant really use these shelters due to swallows nesting in them, as evidenced by the nests in the eves, and the filth dropping from the timber roof frames where the fledglings sit. But for now they are a welcome respite from the wind and rain.I considured puttin ion water proofs, but as my legs are already wet, and very mud splatterd, I decided it was a dead idea. My windproof was also wet, but as it holds the warmth even when wet, I just decided to plod on. The rain had more or less stopped, it was very light rain if anything. Still noticable but nothing as bad as before.

Leaving the shelter and walked round the back, and up the hill. Not a very steep hill, but enough to remind me of how unfit I am. I stopped at the top and tried to pin point the noise of  a shotgun, I saw a Land rover on the hill, but couldn’t see any other obvious movement of shooters. A tractor was busy spreading hay for the fell sheep on the other side of the valley.

I doubled back, the way I had come, along a higher path. After all, this was purly a effort to check my leg for pain and see how it stood up to a rough walk. As I approached the only gate on this path, a all terrain motorcycle roared up to the gate, saw me walking and turned around and sped off the same way he had come. This path was open to all vehicles, it was re-classified by the authority a few years back, but the motorcycles still occasionally use it. Personnally I dont care. The road can take the traffic, its heavy stoned, and motor bikes cause little damage. If they where to start ripping up areas off the path however, thats when it becomes a issue.

I walked the road, finding new and interesting rounds around many of the stupidly deep huge puddles all over.

Scar House was thundering, the first time I’ve seen the dam outflows in full force, raging down the Nidd. As I walked back to the car, I passed a couple, dressed in full waterproofs, hoods up and zipped right up. They looked me up and down, and gave me a look reminisant of upper class looking down on the commoner. I dont care, aprt from being damp, I was fine. Warm and comfy. Given the weather, I would hazard a guess, after climbing Cam High Road onto the fell, they would be damp too, only from the inside out. I sniggerd and walked on.

Back to the car, I sat and had a coffee. I enjoy every walk, in all weathers.