Ramblings in the Yorkshire Dales

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Clouds

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The play of light with the clouds of West Yorkshire is amazing. These pictures were taken with an old Sony Cybershot. I am not a particularly good photographer, but I feel these pictures are worth sharing.This and the picture before it were taken in Sildsen. It is a town outside of Keighley. A beautiful little town.
The play of light with the clouds of West Yorkshire is amazing. These pictures were taken with an old Sony Cybershot. I am not a particularly good photographer, but I feel these pictures are worth sharing.
The play of light with the clouds of West Yorkshire is amazing. These pictures were taken with an old Sony Cybershot. I am not a particularly good photographer, but I feel these pictures are worth sharing.
This and the picture before it were taken in Sildsen. It is a town outside of Keighley. A beautiful little town.
This and the picture before it were taken in Sildsen. It is a town outside of Keighley. A beautiful little town.

A Photo Tour of the Yorkshire Dales

Background:

From 2004 to 2006 I had the opportunity to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England. The primary area that I served with in was Yorkshire, both West and East.

The time spent there was sharing my faith with those who wanted to hear and giving Christian service to all who needed it. It was a bitter sweet time because I would love to go back. Living with the people is so different from being a tourist. While I encountered lots of stereotypes because I was a "Mormon" or people assumed I was Jehovah's Witness, I also encountered a lot of wonderful people as well. I don't begrudge those who were mean or petty. They didn't understand and my faith and love tell me that they are still my family.

The wonder of spending time in a land full of history and culture was amazing and a chance of a life time. I hope you enjoy these few pictures I captured of the area.

Funny

This pub and cafe is in Settle in North Yorkshire. I had opportunity to go to the town when visiting some friends for tea (that is dinner in American English).
This pub and cafe is in Settle in North Yorkshire. I had opportunity to go to the town when visiting some friends for tea (that is dinner in American English).
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Keighley at night from the top of a hill.A street in Keighley.An old aqueduct.These stone walls crisscross Yorkshire. These walls have been around for hundreds of year. Some places in the UK are known for hedge rows. In West Yorkshire the stone walls are the rule.A closed up council flat. The UK is filled with council estates. These government housing communities are very common.
Keighley at night from the top of a hill.
Keighley at night from the top of a hill.
A street in Keighley.
A street in Keighley.
An old aqueduct.
An old aqueduct.
These stone walls crisscross Yorkshire. These walls have been around for hundreds of year. Some places in the UK are known for hedge rows. In West Yorkshire the stone walls are the rule.
These stone walls crisscross Yorkshire. These walls have been around for hundreds of year. Some places in the UK are known for hedge rows. In West Yorkshire the stone walls are the rule.
A closed up council flat. The UK is filled with council estates. These government housing communities are very common.
A closed up council flat. The UK is filled with council estates. These government housing communities are very common.

Reflections

One of the areas I served in was Keighley. This town is just outside Bradford, which is in turn next to Leeds. Keighley was a textiles town during the Industrial Revolution. What is more, the Bronte Sisters grew up just outside of town. This picaresque land inspired the backdrops of the books Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

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The Salt and Pepper Pots are a couple towns built up on a hill outside Keighley. These pictures were taken with a very old digital camera before I got the Cybershot. I am a little sad about this because I wish the pictures had a better resolution.Watching a storm roll in.
The Salt and Pepper Pots are a couple towns built up on a hill outside Keighley. These pictures were taken with a very old digital camera before I got the Cybershot. I am a little sad about this because I wish the pictures had a better resolution.
The Salt and Pepper Pots are a couple towns built up on a hill outside Keighley. These pictures were taken with a very old digital camera before I got the Cybershot. I am a little sad about this because I wish the pictures had a better resolution.
Watching a storm roll in.
Watching a storm roll in.

The UK is filled with old ruins and other beautiful old buildings. Buildings that are considered relatively "new" have a history of at least 80 years. Often much much longer. My entire time living in the UK I didn't stay in any place younger than that. Some places have been around for at least 200 years. These buildings are often retrofitted with pluming going along the outside and are very drafty.

In the council estates the buildings are much newer. Sadly, the suburban sprawls are not very well taken care of. The people living in are heavily subsidized in their rents. Often I heard of girls who would get pregnant so they could get their own home at 16 (and sometimes younger). That makes me really sad because often those girls never finish their educations. I think systems that reward such behavior are counter productive and should be stopped. It's a life style. I wonder if the entitlement system of the UK were removed if the economy of the nation would return to being the dominate one that existed before the Second World War.

The Locals

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Bonfire Night, November the 5th. A tradition over 400 years old. For more info on the traidition and its origins go here. http://www.bonfirenight.net/Kildwick. A beautiful little village halfway between Keighley and Skipton.Football (soccer) is a passion. I personally suck at the game, but I would regularly join the weekly game on Tuesday nights.This is a New Years day game. A little cold, but fun.This is really the name of the farm!A parking lot after a snow. The cars, the Vauxhall Corsa is made by GMC. Fun cars to drive, all be it a little cramped. I learned to drive manual transmissions in the UK. That was a lot of fun!
Bonfire Night, November the 5th. A tradition over 400 years old. For more info on the traidition and its origins go here. http://www.bonfirenight.net/
Bonfire Night, November the 5th. A tradition over 400 years old. For more info on the traidition and its origins go here. http://www.bonfirenight.net/
Kildwick. A beautiful little village halfway between Keighley and Skipton.
Kildwick. A beautiful little village halfway between Keighley and Skipton.
Football (soccer) is a passion. I personally suck at the game, but I would regularly join the weekly game on Tuesday nights.
Football (soccer) is a passion. I personally suck at the game, but I would regularly join the weekly game on Tuesday nights.
This is a New Years day game. A little cold, but fun.
This is a New Years day game. A little cold, but fun.
This is really the name of the farm!
This is really the name of the farm!
A parking lot after a snow. The cars, the Vauxhall Corsa is made by GMC. Fun cars to drive, all be it a little cramped. I learned to drive manual transmissions in the UK. That was a lot of fun!
A parking lot after a snow. The cars, the Vauxhall Corsa is made by GMC. Fun cars to drive, all be it a little cramped. I learned to drive manual transmissions in the UK. That was a lot of fun!

The fact of the matter is that this was a wonderful time. I miss the people and keep in contact with them through social networks and email. I really look forward to going back someday soon, or perhaps later. If you are considering going to the UK and you love nature and history, I suggest taking a brief detour to the Yorkshire Dales. You won't regret it!

A Quick Bonus

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To the south of Keighley is the town of Halifax. It is also very beautiful and well worth the visit. I was there for only 6 short weeks, but it was a wonderful 6 weeks! A good friend posing for a picture on a cobble walkway.
To the south of Keighley is the town of Halifax. It is also very beautiful and well worth the visit. I was there for only 6 short weeks, but it was a wonderful 6 weeks!
To the south of Keighley is the town of Halifax. It is also very beautiful and well worth the visit. I was there for only 6 short weeks, but it was a wonderful 6 weeks!
 A good friend posing for a picture on a cobble walkway.
A good friend posing for a picture on a cobble walkway.

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