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North from Starbotton

Monday, 6 August 2018 at 20:40

North from Starbotton No year is quite right if I can't see and walk around in Wharfedale - for preference, the dale north from Starbotton and Buckden. It sounds - it is - sentimental, but these to me are some of the best-known and most beloved places on earth. It was wonderful to walk and potter about for a week up there. This was a family break so I barely fished, unless you count two very short sessions on the upper Wharfe. I dropped a couple of fish on little barbless dry flies and to be honest, I didn't mind at all. Honour was satisfied, and thereafter I spent more time watching and seeing than fishing. One reward was a long encounter with a stoat, a creature I was delighted to see again.

Dales bridges

Monday, 6 August 2018 at 20:37

Dales bridge The bridges of the Yorkshire Dales fascinate me and always will. Who made them? How on earth have they withstood two centuries (and sometimes more) of floods and sharp weather? Accommodated from foot and packhorse to incessant streams of car traffic?


Monday, 6 August 2018 at 20:35

Scar House Out for a walk round Scar House reservoir, at the top of Nidderdale. A fascinating place - but also moody in some weathers. Plenty of trout rising. I'd have given a great deal to have had a rod and some Black Spiders and Daddies with me.

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