19th November 2015 Skipton Canal & Wood walk

We had to go into Skipton to get some shopping today and as the weather wasn’t too bad we decided first to go for walk along the canal past Skipton Castle and on into Skipton Wood.

Typical! As soon as we parked up the heavens opened up so we sat for a while deciding whether to go for a walk or go straight to the supermarket. By the time we had finished deliberating it had slowed a bit so went for our walk.

We have been before and it is a nice walk from the canal basin with lots of wildlife to see. Due to the recent heavy rain here the streams were more like rivers and there were a few waterfalls which we didn’t notice on our last visit.

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I took my better camera with me to try out some different settings. I’m glad I did because we spotted a couple of Kingfishers darting around the pond in the wooded area. Brilliant blue flashes showing up well against the dull backdrop. I managed to get a couple of pictures of one perched on a branch Taken at full zoom and I didn’t have a tripod so the image is a bit blurred. You can clearly see it is a Kingfisher though????

After walking on a bit around the wood the rain slowed to a stop so we decided to make our way back to the car and on to the supermarket. We wanted to get back to see Geoff, a good friend of ours who had text us that he had arrived on site with his nice new van. As well as coming to show us around his van we were hoping to get some walking in while he is here.

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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