Prompted by the wonderful post from Walking with a smacked Pentax about an area very close to my heart. I have spent a couple of hours digging out some old negs I took over twenty years ago. The quality isn’t as good as I’d like, but scanning negs is never going to be perfect.
I spent many a happy weekend up here with my parents. My mum would get the picnic out, while dad and I would go scrabbling through the rocks, looking for gems, it was only fluorite, but I became rich with these gems.
It appears very desolate, but there was always something to do……….an only child can always make a big adventure from nothing, and I had hundreds of adventures, and there was always the odd sheep to talk to.
As I said, these pics were taken just over twenty years ago, I was well into adulthood then, but a recent tragic accident my close friend had suffered, had made her desperate for a break and to get away from everything for a while.
So driving up to Yorkshire I took her to my ‘secret place’. I hadn’t been back since childhood, and it took me a while to find it, but driving down the track and opening all the gates, nothing had changed, it was as though time had stood still, and my memories of gem hunting, and the adventures I had all came flooding back.
I left my friend alone with her thoughts and wandered off with my camera, oddly enough, this was a Pentax too.
Parts of the old buildings still remained, probably a few more stones had fallen, but still exactly as I’d remembered it.
This archway is on the opposite side to the track down. I was never allowed to go further than here as a child.
One of the mine entrances, and the stream where I found my gems.
Plenty of old machinery still lies where it was abandoned all those years ago.
more old machinery.
Another mine entrance. I used to shout echo! echo! into it, and the voices of the old miners replied echo back to me 🙂
I’m afraid I can’t give much information about the area, but from the location described in Smacked Pentax post, it’s sound very much like it’s in the same area.
His blog post is WELL worth a read.