Sense of Place: Dusk Falls Over Moorland

Moorland as night falls, with two trees

I’m sharing two pictures, taken in and around Darwen moors, Lancashire. I’ve been walking over moorland for longer than I can remember, so these places have a comfortable familiarity, even at dusk.

Both of these iPhone pictures were taken during evening walks, designed around a visit to one of the local pubs – a very British tradition. The top picture shows a view on our way back from The Strawberry Duck in Entwistle; the bottom, a reservoir on our ‘Pie Walk’ to The Royal Arms, Tockholes.

Reservoir at night

To sense the atmosphere these pictures hold for me, imagine there is nothing more dangerous than sheep or rabbits in the shadows. Imagine you’ve rambled these paths over the moors all of your life. Anticipate bright lights and a cheery welcome up Donkey Brew, over the hill and around a few more bends in the path carved out by thousands of footsteps, most likely over thousands of years. Conjure up the familiar scent of something warm and savoury to eat, followed by a refreshing sip (or draught) of your favourite drink.

Finally, to round out the picture, I can’t resist adding a link to a springtime shot of English bluebells, taken on the road to the reservoir.

25 Replies to “Sense of Place: Dusk Falls Over Moorland”

  1. Great shots which capture the dusk beautifully. I’m familiar with both those areas as I’ve had more than one dog walk round there, though usually in the middle of the day in bright sunshine 🙂

    1. It’s easy to be a walker in our part of the world – and rare to venture anywhere on the moors without meeting and greeting other walkers too.

  2. “Moor” always conjures up “The Hound of the Baskervilles” for me. But not so in these images! How tranquil. I am in awe of the skies in both photos, particularly those clouds as reflected in that still water. This evening rite, as you describe it, must be the best of all possible habits. Thanks for the education!

  3. What you describe appeals to me so much! The familiarity, the security, the warm welcome at the end of the walk–I’d walk this route every day!

    1. Perhaps not every day – I have been caught out walking both routes when the conditions turned out to be not quite so welcoming. Hail, rain or wind are accentuated when there’s so little protection from buildings or trees. But if you can avoid the storms it’s great, even when there’s a light covering of snow.

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