Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Remote

This is part of the Friendly Friday  photo challenge hosted by  Something to Ponder About. This weeks theme “Remote.”


Its very hard to feel truly remote or alone for long in England.  Even on a beach or on a country walk you still see people quite often and the nearest village is never far away. The best you can get is a beach like this in Cornwall with the odd dog walker. 27948584253_a87baee02a_b

Nevertheless in parts of the country like the peak district you can still sometimes walk for an hour or two and see no one.5532912908_560ce0f944_b

This is Arbor Low in Derbyshire. Its a stone circle but all the stones have fallen over long ago. It feels very remote and on a clear day the view goes on for miles in all directions. I like to think of the generations of people that have walked this spot since it was first built over 4000 years ago.


Occasionally you come across old field barns like this remote in the countryside.


There are also still plenty of country lanes and although the odd car goes by as there are no pavements or tracks  so you dont get many walkers.19915157654_80f94a3598_b

Winter is one of my favourite times for walking as there are less people and the sun starts to set about 3.30 in the afternoon which gives some wonderful sunsets on the odd clear day.


22 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Remote

  1. Forestwood August 17, 2019 / 4:25 am

    Awesome sunsets and I agree with the golden hour – it is magical and quite cozy. I like the look of Cornwall and the remote old barn. You did well to find some great shots. What is the brownish coloured plant all over the hills in the peak district photo?

  2. margaret21 August 17, 2019 / 7:44 am

    You’re right. We’re never too far from somewhere at least semi-civilised in England. But thank goodness for places like the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales … remoteness delivered only five miles from the nearest town! By the way, I’m guessing that the plants on Arbor Low are heather. At this time of year, for a very short time they’ll be a wonderful reddish purple, and well worth a detour to see.

    • Forestwood August 17, 2019 / 11:32 am

      Thanks Margaret. It is hard to believe that this area could be located so close to cities. When I think of the Yorkshire Dales, I think of James Herriot.

      • margaret21 August 17, 2019 / 12:28 pm

        Fair enough. He describes the area quite well I think. The real James Herriot lived a mere 10 miles from here.

      • Forestwood August 17, 2019 / 9:12 pm

        Oh that is fun to know! The TV series was extremely popular here in the eighties- nineties. I loved watching it. I am sure many kids considered a Veterinarian career because of it. Do you drink your tea Yorkshire black too? 😉

      • margaret21 August 18, 2019 / 7:22 am

        I’m no fan of tea at all ( I can’t be a proper Brit, can I?) but when I do drink it, it’s as weak as possible and no milk.

      • Forestwood August 18, 2019 / 7:23 am

        Well, definitely not Yorkshire black then! Even so, I believe you! That is because I have met Swedes who don’t drink coffee! Hah!

      • margaret21 August 18, 2019 / 7:26 am

        Coffee now. That’s the staff of life.

      • Forestwood August 18, 2019 / 8:13 am

        I have up coffee many years ago. Conveyed to tea. I liked coffee but coffee didn’t like me! Now if I have coffee, I feel like I am on speed (not that I would really know what that feels like, but I can imagine).

  3. klodo August 17, 2019 / 11:24 am

    Yes, heather is all over the moors in late summer. Sometimes you can find red grouse hiding in it.

    • Forestwood August 17, 2019 / 11:33 am

      Red grouse are completely unfamiliar to me, but I assume that they are a ground dwelling mammal? The heather looks great in this photo.

      • klodo August 17, 2019 / 11:43 am

        Yes, in fact the big country house used to deliberately create moorland like this as its ideal for the birds as they used to go out shooting every weekend with their rich friends from London. In the past normal people were not allowed to even walk on the land and there were mass trespasses from working class people in the cities who demanded the right to roam freely which eventually led to the national parks being created after the war. Here’s a red grouse. I think there are black grouse further north.

      • Forestwood August 17, 2019 / 11:51 am

        Oh it is a bird!!! Lol… I thought it was a ferret like animal! Hah! You are so clever to post a photo in the comments. I have not worked out how to do that yet, but have often wanted to….

      • klodo August 18, 2019 / 11:09 am

        Perhaps its because grouse it rhymes with mouse! With regards the pictures I thin kits just a matter of copying the picture location link and the pasting it.

      • Forestwood August 18, 2019 / 12:50 pm

        The location url from google?

      • klodo August 18, 2019 / 6:42 pm

        I usually right click on the image I want and then choose copy image location from the menu and then just paste it on WordPress. It might be different with different browsers though.

      • Forestwood August 19, 2019 / 5:26 am

        Ok. Klodo. I will try it. Cross my fingers it works. What browser do you use?

      • klodo August 19, 2019 / 4:20 pm

        I did use firefox but it did not work well on WordPress and stopped letting me follow people so I have recently swapped to chrome.

      • Forestwood August 20, 2019 / 5:07 am

        Oh that is great advice! I use firefox and wonder why I lose the blogs I follow sometimes. Could well be firefox doing it. Clever you for working that out.

      • klodo August 20, 2019 / 6:47 pm

        Not that clever as it still took me ages! Even listening to some BBC podcast last week it would not work on fie-fox but did on chrome. I am going to swap over when I remember all my usernames and passwords from other sites.

    • klodo August 20, 2019 / 6:43 pm

      Thanks Manja

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