We drove up Swaledale this afternoon to visit a few sites we'd noted in the past where K fancied taking photographs. As the snow is melting fast and it has been raining a lot, the river and the waterfalls were at their most dramatic. The weather kept changing. One minute the sun shone, the next we were in the midst of fierce showers of rain, hail or snow. It was windy and intensely cold, so we didn't want to spend a lot of time out of the car. We hoped a gallery or a teashop might be open where we could take a break but no such luck (we'd driven the same route the week before and, to our surprise, one or two places had been open). We drove as far up the dale as we felt to be sensible. Not far from the highest point, where the road crosses the col which divides Mallerstang Edge from Nine Standards Rigg, we stopped and turned round, as the road was encrusted with ice. Fortunately, there was a layby at this point. We stopped and opened the flask of coffee we'd brought with us. All around us the hills were streaked with snow. I pointed the camera out the car window and took a couple of photographs. The one I've included here is, I'd guess, the East side of Mallerstang Edge.
We made our way back down the steep, winding road, stopping for K to take photographs of the waterfalls at Cotterby Scar. This outcrop lies just West of Keld, a small village situated at the crossroads of two long-distance footpaths, the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast path.
11 months ago