England’s green and pleasant land..
It was great to see the Tour de France set off in England last week, a great advert for the English countryside and Yorkshire in particular. The scenery caught a lot of people by surprise and hopefully will help to reinvigorate the local tourism throughout the summer.
This week I drove an alternative route from Cumbria across to Lincolnshire. Instead of the usual motorways I drove up to Scotch Corner via Sedbergh and down the A1 which cut out all of the motorways. I must say the drive was something of a revelation. It must be twenty years since I last drove to Sedbergh, a journey I made many times to visit their bookshops. Suffice to say that it has lost none of its charm and served as a reminder of how beautiful the English countryside is.
The landscape was quite dramamtic, winding roads with wandering sheep, clear blue skies and bright sun made for a very enjoyable drive. Sedbergh itself is a wonderful village, quaint houses and a seemingly enviable way of life. It’s easy to become overly sentimental and I am sure for many residents there are bad points to living there but when I saw this lady walking through this field on this day and in this setting I understood why she would want to live there. It’s not for everyone I know but if it is for you then it must be very nice indeed.
Once again a lesson on making the most of your own surroundings, why ‘we’ don’t champion places like North Yorkshire more is beyond me.