We finally got our (short) walk in the next valley today as we had to go over there with our son and his friend (off swimming at the complex). We parked up in the village and strolled up the lane that runs beside the Sannan river. It was mid-day, but the sun was at its height and by the time we had returned after half an hour, had dipped down behind the steep hillside and the bottom of the valley was in gloom, although the higher fields were still bathed in light.
It was difficult to get a clear picture of higher land though because there were so many trees in the way. I hope the little glimpses of the steep fields between the trees help to give an idea of the landscape in this little hidden valley.
We parked close to the church, which has recently had restoration work carried out on its tower.
This part of the lane along the valley bottom was already in gloom . . .
But behind the lovely Mill, the sun shone golden on the hillsides, illustrating the shortness of winter sunlight in a steep valley in December.
The Sannan river tumbling down its wild valley bottom.
The sun was dipping behind the hill . . .
To get a better photograph, I walked a little way up this sunny lane, though knowing just how steep it is further on, I wasn't keen to walk right to the top!
Looking across the valley towards the gate in the hedge on the hilltop.
As you can see, it is rough grazing at best - only just holding its own against the bracken, gorse and young colonizing trees.
Positively the very last blackberry flowers I will see this year . . .
There was a tempting little footpath taking you back to the village centre.
This very old church window appears to have had the wall above it extended at some point (or perhaps just replaced).