What a difference three hours make……

Since we Yorkshire folk are from the Pennines rather than the Pyrenees, we’re inclined to make more of a fuss about steeply climbing roads.  The main road from Thirsk to Helmsley is the notorious A70 via Sutton Bank, and no sooner have you left Thirsk than the warnings start:

  • 25% gradient ahead.
  • This way for the alternative route for caravans.
  • Last year, 74 HGVs marooned themselves on the slopes… and so on, and so on.

Certainly, it is a dizzying climb, with the patchwork fields of the Vale of York laid out far below.  Then suddenly, you’re at the top.  You’d have to be in a real hurry not to park and get out for a while to enjoy the view, as we did twice today, once on the way out, and once on the way back.  It’s winter now – not long to the shortest day – so these sunset scenes  were taken at just after 3.00 p.m., a mere three hours after we’d climbed upwards, only shortly before midday.

Eeh bah gum, it were grand.

10 thoughts on “What a difference three hours make……”

  1. This is a spot that I bet looks fabulous in any light! Those twilight photos are gorgeous–almost helps make up for the fact that twilight is coming at such an awful hour!

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  2. I’d love to be at the top during bad weather – I bet the rain sweeps across and is very dramatic. So if you could arrange to be there next time a storm is predicted with your camera Margaret…

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