Monday 20 December 2010

Runningfox routes (3)

Along the Wharfe.

Due to treacherous icy conditions on the hills in and out of Grassington we'd to abandon the car three miles from home on Saturday morning and walk the rest of the way on untreated roads.  After half an hour two snow ploughs came hurtling by, as if they were racing, but neither was salting or gritting. That came later. We got our car home around mid-afternoon. A bottle of neat Concentrated Screen Wash buried under our shopping in the boot had frozen!
Snow ploughs - at speed
Sunday was a truly magnificent day when we couldn't resist going for a run. With a covering of snow and temperatures down to -10ºC the landscape glittered like diamonds under a mainly cloudless sky. We opted for one of our regular runs along the River Wharfe where long flat fields are ideal for fast repetitions or fartlek sessions. Each of us wore Yaktrax to ensure we stayed upright.
Leaving the village on a slippery road
Winter wonderland by the River Wharfe, though a bit cold for the
resident Goosanders, Mallard, Heron and Little Grebe
Striding out towards Linton Falls in her Yaktrax
Feed my sheep.......
Linton Parish Church, St Michael and All Angels,
 a place of worship since the 12th century
Gulls on the river by the old corn mill at Linton
The 'Tin bridge' over Linton Falls
The weir above Linton Falls - the farthest point of our run today
Mist rising from the river by Hebden suspension bridge
Stepping stones for those who prefer not to use the bridge
Nearly home after a stonking good run!


  1. fantastic photos, abit different from summer downunder!

  2. The snow does make for a beautiful landscape, but it's such a pain if you want to go anywhere! Scenic though it is, I am fed up with snow this year!

  3. Fantastic day out with photos to match.

  4. Brilliant photos... what kind of shoes are you wearing in those conditions?

  5. Breandán, I was wearing my usual Inov-8 Roclite 315's fitted with non-slip Yaktrax. Brilliant!

  6. Your running paths are covered with snow: just in time for Christmas :) I really don't mind running in it as long as it isn't icy.

    You always show us nice images. Thanks for that!

    Happy Christmas!

  7. I've just noticed that I asked practically the same question in this blog and the last! Thanks for patiently answering both!

  8. Love the photos. I've been running on ice and snow for a few year now, and I finally got a pair of Yaktrak pro and took them for a spin yesterday. I really liked them.

  9. Picture perfect! Your pictures are so lovely...hoping to run in the English countryside someday!