Friday, 26 December 2003
Pix Of The Day: Lonely Lakeland Sheep Walk
CREDIT: © Andy Bannister/LakeDistrictDesktops.com
WHERE: Skiddaw Forest, English Lake District. WHAT: lonely upland sheep walk.
MAP: Skiddaw Forest. Thumbnail clicks pops-up larger image.
This pair of pictures features the Skiddaw Forest, though the term is confusing because the very things missing from these landscapes are trees! The Medieval Latin forestis meant 'outside', and the tree (silva) association only came later. 'Forest' is often used in the sense of an area set aside.
Andy Bannister's LakeDistrictDesktops.com web site continues to go from strength to strength. In the first picture the fells are Skiddaw on the left, with heather purpled Great Calva, and the Snab ridge of Knott on the right. This area was set aside as a giant sheep pasture, with a row of shepherds cottages called Skiddaw House, which was the only dwelling in the forest. The building was last used by a shepherd in our own lifetime: Pearson Dalton walked over every week from the village of Fell Side to tend his charges. The building then became a private hostel for walkers, then after planning consent problems was operated by the Youth Hostel Association.
The last we heard is that even they have had difficulty maintaining a presence, and the buildings have once again been abandoned. The sheep still roam, but these days are attended less frequently. Free from LakeDistrictDesktops.com as desktop wallpaper files, both pictures are available sized at 1280x960 pixels. The wallpaper collection is growing, and features a wider variety than just the tourist hot spots. Walk through the awesome landscapes featured today, and you will be unlikely to see more than a handful of human walkers, even on weekend days. Long may that last we hope, consistent with the widest possible enjoyment by the greatest number of people.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)