Date & Time: Sunday 20th May 2007.

Location of Start : Tickhill, Yorkshire , Uk. ( SK 599 937 )

Places visited : A leisurely stroll to nowhere in particular

Walk details : 2 mls, 20 ft of ascent , 1 hr.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs.

Weather : Blue skies and sun shine.

 

On holiday this time, if only for a couple of days

so today's walk represents something rather different from the craggy fells and upland pastures of the Lake District .

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We were in South Yorkshire, at Tickhill near Doncaster.

It's flat, it's agricultural, and the dog walk introduced us to a landscape of arable cultivation rather than cattle and sheep.

Flat fields and wide open skies, our walk followed various public footpaths and tracks close to our daughter's house.

Symmetrical rows of beet stretching as far as the distant trees.

Symmetry that comes from wide scale mechanical planting.

   
Spring planted Barley just developing their green husks.
A lone model aircraft enthusiast preparing for the next flight.

One small section of the field was laid to grass and kept short for the local model flying club. Care is required for take off and landing in order to avoid the drainage ditch alongside the field. He was repairing his aircraft after a previous rough landing - right part of the grass - wrong approach angle !!!

Bawtry Colliery Tower seen above the white Hogweed and rough grass boundary of the lane.

Bawtry and Maltby close by, are two of the few deep coal mines left in the Uk.

   
The track twists and turns around the field boundaries.
Tickhill Church tower over a field of maturing peas.

The pods are formed but have not yet developed any bulk, and certainly not ready to pop. This is arable farming country.

The local farm also grows fruit including delicious "pick your own" strawberries and raspberries for sale in the right part of the season.

   
The public footpath home crosses the field . . .
. . . and then the M18 Motorway before re-entering the village.

If a farmer ploughs across the right of way, he has to accept that people will continue to cross his newly planted crop.

This seems a well used path and the hardened earth has prevented the peas growing, so the line of the path is maintained over time.

Relaxing at Paula's house we just happened to look sky-ward . . .

   
A fly past, of one of two historic Spitfires . . .
. . . and a wartime Lancaster Bomber

They were presumably heading for an air display somewhere to the south of here.

 

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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon G7 Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . the opening times of the local farm shop.

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