|Swallow family in Hawes|
Ayesgarth Falls - the water was brown with the colour of peat:
Of course it is a farmed landscape - mainly sheep and cattle grazing. The valley bottoms are put to hay during spring and early summer, then the aftermath is grazed. The many barns were used to store hay and house the stock when necessary. Where the fields have been traditionally managed, and have not been plastered with artificial fertilizer or ploughed up and resown, the grassland is rich with wild flowers. As the fields had been cut, these were confined to field edges and byways during our visit. The fields are still separated by dry-stone walls making a very distinctive landscape..
|Bullfinch feeding off sow thistles|
|The stream disappears into the ground!|
Sheep are perhaps more numerous than cattle in the dales. We visited the stock market at Hawes where a good trade in "yeows" was going on.
|Friendly working dog|