More accurately, my saviors are in Threshfield. Alan had to go to work, and I wanted to keep photographing in Yorkshire, so I looked for somewhere not too far beyond Skipton, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, stuck a pin in the (Google) map and decided on Grassington. The weather on the way was looking pretty good, lots of billowing clouds racing across the sky, but by the time I discovered the National Park Centre at Grassington, it was raining good.
I waited a while, walked around a little, checked out the Centre; seemed like it would rain a while. I didn’t have change for the parking meters (!) and I looked around the village for a better parking place, but there was nothing, so I decided to simply head back to Skipton, which I’ve always enjoyed visiting anyway.
On the way back to the main road, I passed a, wait what was that, I’m hoping it was a coffee shop, but was it, a flower shop?!?
Turned out it was both – The Hedgerow is a great little flower shop with tables so you can enjoy a cake and espresso as you plan your wedding, or check your email as I did. Well, as I did, after the very nice people who were working there had restarted their wifi for me. I was just beginning to think I’d used all the Internet and would have to head home after all, and it stopped raining; I went back to the National Park Centre.
I still didn’t know much about what was available there, but I was sure I could get a walk in, somehow, involving the River Wharfe. I followed this footpath – regular stone walls, stone paving slabs – down to the river, and found a similar narrow footbridge crossing the river and in all directions giving amazing views of the Linton Falls, and Grassington Weir, such as that at the top of this post. I did eventually get a walk in, up on the far side, but only after I had thoroughly explored what photographs I could make from the bridge.
A great day, and great thanks to the nice folk at The Hedgerow!