Category Archives: Rooted in the Land

Rooted in the Land – Stolen moments

I see the dawn most mornings, but it would be the last dawn like this for a while, I knew. It is not the same to watch the sun rise over rooftops or see its light constrained by neat hedgerows … Continue reading

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Rooted in the Land – Rained on and gibbeted

You should, in all circumstances, stay clear of visiting bookshops when travelling. It’s a dangerous pastime. In this case we left the store armed with a nifty little book on the ancient sites around Helmsley and the sure and certain … Continue reading

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Rooted in the Land – A Painted Church

He was right, I couldn’t believe it… the door opened to reveal a painted church. The walls of the north aisle of All Saints church in Helmsley are completely covered in painted scenes and pierced by stained glass. The sight … Continue reading

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Rooted in the land – The long way home

I am not entirely sure whether it was simply an opportunistic trip… as we were already so far north… or whether it was designed to ensure I didn’t cry as I left the moors. The one time we had been … Continue reading

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Rooted in the Land – Within the Circle

The Twelve Apostles looked a little forlorn in the noon light. They seem not to be made for clarity, but for the mists that encircle them at dawn. We did have the moor to ourselves though, or so it seemed… … Continue reading

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Rooted in the Land – Walking in circles

If you are looking for the Grubstones, you head for the shed… an incongruous building high on the moor that I would happily turn into a dwelling place and make a living selling tea to the walkers along the path. … Continue reading

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Rooted in the land – Off piste

From the Haystack we walked along the edge of the moor, following the path to the Pancake Stone where Giant Rombald watches over the dale. The great slab is covered in cup and ring markings and at first glance, seems … Continue reading

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Rooted in the Land – Lifecycle

Sunday morning we had watched the dawn before breakfast then cleared our rooms and loaded the cars before setting off once more to explore the moors above Ilkley. This time we headed for the ancient carvings of the Haystack, climbing … Continue reading

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Rooted in the Land – Ancient marks

While there has long been an interest in the lives of our ancestors, until relatively recently that interest was largely limited to a small group of passionate antiquarians. Modern archaeological methods may be stringent in their cataloguing and recording, the … Continue reading

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Rooted in the Land – Dawn celebration

Every year we suggest that our companions on these Silent Eye weekends might like to join us to share the dawn. It is a choice… there is no requirement to drag themselves from slumber to gather outside the hotel before … Continue reading

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