Just a random photo (on a cloudy day) of part of the upper valley of the River Tees before it emerges from the Pennine Hills (Pennine valleys are called a 'dale' in these parts, therefore this is 'Teesdale').
Thanks Falion. We do think this is a beautiful part of England, so there are likely to be more photos in due course! Talking of scandinavian links, there's a historical scandinavian influence in the place-names around here, particularly in the hill areas. Just a sample; a hill is called a Fell, a waterfall is called a Force (from Foss) a stream is called a Beck, and in some areas a church is called a Kirk (from Kirka) and Dale has a scandinavian origin too and there are more.
However I'd love to see some photos from around the areas where you and others live. I hope we will see more from Emma, including the area of Sweden she lives in, and a certain house-tiger is always welcome. It would also be great to see some from Amgepo and Wolf as well, and of course anyone else who would like to contribute.
A couple more from Teesdale. These were taken in October, though I'll be visiting the same locations sometime soon.
As you travel further up the dale, the river steepens and there are many rapids and waterfalls. This is a picture of Low Force waterfall (in the background, though you can't see all of the falls in this photo - there are more cascades out of sight to the right) and the rapids below.
Going even further up the dale, this is by far the highest single waterfall on the river (Appropriately called 'High Force'), though there is a fairly long series of cascades at one place even higher up the valley. You can get an idea of the height from the figure stood at the top. In times of flood, the water can come over the rocks on the right, though it rarely happens now since a dam was built high up the river to regulate the flow.
It's hard to photograph well at that time of year because the gorge is deep and dark.
As you can imagine, there's a continuous thundering roar, which is emphasised by the echo from the cliffs of the narrow gorge.
If you carry along up and cross over the Pennine hills, then you drop down into a lovely valley, aply named the Eden Valley. It separates the Pennines from the Lake District National Park. The valley is great cycling country, as is the countryside this side of the Pennines and the dales too. In less than a two hours drive from home via our favourite little minor road over the hills we can reach a favourite place of ours [edit - in the Lake District] for a few day's break.
The mountain is Skiddaw. The little town in the middle distance is Keswick, which is where we stay, and the lake is Derwent Water.