Solstice

Hartshead PikeAn extra W for ABC Wednesday, this time W for Walk, specifically a midsummer’s walk to Hartshead Pike that we went on last night.

It was the reverse fixture of our winter solstice walk that I wrote about in December, and again organised by the wardens at Park Bridge Heritage Centre.

We had been in two minds whether to go or not. The intention was to enjoy the sunset on the longest day of the year, but the thick cloud made this unlikely, then tantalising glimpses of blue sky in the late afternoon tempted us to go.

So there we were at 7pm with a hundred other steaming eejits intrepid souls, ready for our four mile “stroll” over muddy paths, wobbly stiles, broken boardwalks and steep up to Hartshead Pike which stands a little under 1,000 feet above sea level.

Mill Town Morris DancersThe wind blew and the cloud thickened, but we were entertained by “Druid” John, friend Lesley’s monologue and   the Mill Town Morris Dancers pictured right.

Having carried my camera bag all that way, I was blowed if I was coming back without a photo or two, even if the sky wasn’t quite as picture perfect as it had been in December.

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  • Yorkshire Pudding 23rd June 2011

    And now England and the little nations that it subsidises shall begin the long journey back to mid-winter as days shorten and fruit ripens. In Bangkok the days are pretty much of equal length throughout the year. The sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm and there are really no proper seasons at all.

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