The Long Drive Home

My visit to Northumberland was all too short and by late afternoon I was planning the route home. I decided to leave Hexham to join the motorway back home crossing the moors and passing through Alston village. This allowed me to shorten the route and allow time for a comfort stop.

It also meant crossing moors where snow might still be lying on the highest points. There were numerous stops on the way over to the motorway. And there was snow… and sheep; and lots of cloud formations, storms… and birds, lapwing – also known as the peewit – and curlew calling with their high pitched songs across the sparse moors.

The images I’ve selected represent the journey over Alston Moor and Hartside where the road falls alway and plummets down towards the motorway at Penrith. And on a clear day you can see the mountains of the English Lake District. Such beautiful countryside in England’s green and pleasant land…

All images © Tony Harratt/The Fuji Freak – 2016

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