Photographer's Note

I have admired from afar this sculpture on the skyline at the head of Mallerstang for 10 years, and every time I saw it, I promised myself to visit. One day.

Well, 'one day' came yesterday. And despite all the good weather we have had recently when I could have visited and had great light, great colours, distant views etc, this was not the case yesterday.

The sculpture, by Mary Bourne, is one of ten spread throughout the Eden Valley, under the collective title of the Eden Benchmarks. All are different and all designed to be sat on. And very welcome it was too !

This one represents the The River Eden, the headwaters of which rise in the hills behind. The river is deemed to start at the base of Hell Gill Force, above which it is called Hell Gill, which rises as Red Gill some two miles further away.

The view here takes the eye towards the North Pennines, and Cross Fell, the highest spot in England, outside of the Lake District. To the left you might make out the route of the Settle Carlisle railway, which has often appeared in my gallery.

If you care to, you can see a bigger image in Beta


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