Winter Walking

I’ve loved having my Father- and brother – in – law to stay over Christmas but occasionally it did feel a bit cabin feverish, having four of us in the one room for much of the time. The answer to this of course is to Get Out and Go For Walks. So that’s what we did on both Boxing Day and the day after. We’ve had a lot of freezing fog lately, which doesn’t make for a pretty view out of the window but it does leave an incredible hoar frost on everything afterwards.

This is hoar frost clinging to the canal bridge. The majority of the walls in town looked like this, which is impressive in itself until you see it close up. Eeeeeeeh look! It’s like a crystal-growing kit! (Did you ever have those? My mum had some left over from her childhood so we did have some, but I don’t *think* they’re made anymore.)

The combination of lots of snow, a slight thaw, a big freeze and the hoar frost has made for some interesting natural occurrences and it’s such a pleasure to see them. I think the ice patches on the flowing water are really pretty, especially where it’s flowing underneath the ice.

Part of our walk along the canal passes some stone walling below an embankment. There is a millpond at the top of the embankment and the water gushes, flows and trickles down and through the stones into the stream below. Not today though! Today, we have icicles. Lots of icicles!

Look how it’s all bubbling up! That’s all frozen. I can’t begin to think about how it’s frozen like that, it’s just a-ma-zing. And a bit like dribbly candlewax as well.

But the real, ultimate amazing thing is a bit further on. Just LOOOOOOK at the waterfall! Oh my goodness. I break into a run as we near this as I can’t WAIT to see it. I round the bend in the path and am not disappointed. Oh wow, the waterfall is frozen! Never in my life have I seen a frozen waterfall. Woweee, I’m just in awe of it.

Water is still trickling behind it, but oh my goodness, it’s just so beautiful. Can you believe that water, real running water, can freeze like that? In drippy icicles, bubbles, big sheets, puffy mushroom clouds of ice. The two roundy shapes at the base of the waterfall aren’t anything physical that the ice has frozen around. It’s just the force of the splash that’s making that shape.

We return the next day after the temperature has raised a few degrees and it’s starting to thaw a little. But it still looks like a wonderful magical cave or something.

We continue our walk through the woods; I’ve not been this far into into it before but I’m pleasantly surprised. Actually I’m excited and overwhelmed by how pretty it is, and how it doesn’t matter that it’s cold and snowy and that my wellies are leaking, and that I’m getting fed up of the tiny amount of daylight hours we have in the winter, because you get to see the countryside like this. Like a winter wonderland. Beauty in the bleakness. Special. And it is even more special because by the end of the week it will be gone, the weather is due to warm up (it’s already been raining a bit) and it won’t look like this again.

Further on we are treated to another frozen waterfall, although not quite so frozen as it has more flow and it is in a bit more of an open area. But it’s no less lovely than the previous one and we spend quite a while admiring it.

Before we moved here, one of the things that we really looked forward to was being able to step out of our front door and go walking. Countryside walking. The great outdoors. We haven’t done it at all really because of the house being stressful, changing jobs and whatnot, but oh my, I’m glad we did it this Christmas weekend. We also climbed the hill that we can see from our kitchen window and guess what? We can see our house from up there! Our actual house. That’s ours. And we can see it, from the hill that we can see from our kitchen window. And we can see a hill from our kitchen window! OMG. For years I’ve wondered what the view from our home will look like, and as I was standing washing up the other day, looking out, I realised that this is it. THIS is the view from our home.

And you know what? It’s really rather splendid ♥


24 thoughts on “Winter Walking

  1. What stunning views you have there! I especially love the waterfall that has frozen (wouldn’t like to be near it when it thaws though!)
    Do you live in or near Skipton? I’m trying to work out where all the lovely photos come from lol!
    I know what you mean about being able to go for country walks. It’s like that where I live. Stunning views as my house faces fields and backs onto the cliffs and the north sea. I can go on coastal or country walks whenever I want – never do though! I should take advantage of potential walks!

  2. Hi Heather,

    WOW – stunning photos – I had no ideas waterfalls could freeze either! Must be lovely to walk to lovely places from your front door. I can walk to our lake but that’s it – it’s a nice spot but nothing to do there!
    So good to hear you sounding so happy and relaxed in your new home – I know it’s been a rather stressful few months. Hope you’ll share your kitchen view sometime.


  3. Siobhan says:

    Those pictures are just awe inspiring! I mean I have never seen anything like it myself and who would have thought that could happen here in England – that it would be so cold that flowing water could and would freeze over?!! I’m amazed really I am and your pictures are really special. (And that back slash thing that happened to Peeriemoot; it happens to me too – they are never there when I write my comment but as soon as I press the button, there they are! Doesn’t happen every time I don’t think.)

  4. It’s amazed me some of the icy sculptures that I’ve seen during this weather we’ve been having. The fountain in Queen’s Gardens in the centre of town has been my favourite by far – I just can’t get over how it can be all icified and yet there’s running water at the same time. Say whaaaaaat?! The mind boggles. I saw it the other day and pronounced it “clever” but I don’t think nature is really clever is it? It just is.

    Erm hi totally rambling comment. Shut it woman.

    Yes. Excellent photos. You win the game.

  5. The frosen waterfall is just amazing! All the photos are great. I love it when we get cold weather and can enjoy such sights. We saw some great icicles on Christmas Eve, which you can see on my blog, but I’ve not had much time for walking in the last few weeks so I’m hoping for another cold snap!

  6. Sarah says:

    Great photos!! This cold snap of weather has been amazing. Love your photos. The icicles this winter were stunning especially when the sun shone on them. Will we have more snow in the new year?
    It is very dark and grey here with the snow nearly gone only to be replaced with dripping fog.

  7. Amazing photos Heather – I especially love the frozen waterfall. It looks like the Ice Queen has just come along and cast a spell over it.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

    Best wishes for the New Year in your new home.

    Jill x

  8. Hi Heather, isn’t nature a splendid element, we are certainly having some unusual weather world wide, the photos are amazing, so happy you bloggy people are taking photos from over there to share with us.
    x Sandi

  9. Oh my you had me welling up over that one :-) So happy for you xx Those photos are amazing aren’t they. And here I was worrying about you and all that weather and your stressful new house…..looks like you have found paradise, I’ll give up my worrying now Hugs :-)

  10. What fabulous photos. I never knew Britain would be cold enough to freeze waterfalls! It really is amazing. Would you mind telling me what camera you use – I\’m looking for a new one?

  11. Catriona says:

    Thank you Heather for sharing your town. I have walked that way in summer/autumn but have never seen it as beautiful as it looks with the frost and ice. Your positive post made me feel very cheered in this cold weather.

  12. Thank you for taking these photos….quite wonderful and awe-inspiring. We don’t need to go to Siberia to find frozen art this Winter….but hey, the thaw is here in N.Ireland and we are short of water….burst pipes everywhere! People standing in queues for water…augh – bring on Spring and Summer.

  13. jo says:

    aboslutely stunning, can´t believe those waterfall-pics. looks like it was frozen by some magical freeze-gun right out of a fantasy movie. i really enjoy lokking at them again and again. xo, jo

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