Autumn. One of my favourite times of year. Colour changes in various plant life, and for us in this region of the UK, lucky enough to have had some beautiful warm and a little bit windy days! Sun lowering itself in our skies helping to cast the most beautiful lighting, which really shows off the colours in their splendour.
But for me, there is no better way to appreciate all this than to go walking in the hills and moors which border this area. To be honest, it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is.
A walk which may start off with a friend, then taking a different path which sets you onward alone in your human company. But not really, as the animal alongside looks up silently, reminding you of his presence.
As we continue onwards, we pass special places where you can pause and remember.
Which we do so, but only after the steep climb of Little Roseberry, the equally splendid and not so little brother, to the iconic Roseberry Topping to where it sits adjacent. We take time to reflect and listen to wise words written.
Here we are on top of the world. And I can never tire of this. This view. Barely a soul in sight.
A rural expanse, which goes on for miles, where blustering winds take your breath away, along with those rugged vistas. Those gusts of high swirling winds, forcing open your lungs with blasts of continuous positive airway pressure, deeply reaching those tiny air sac terminals, inflating them like balloons. And you sigh. And feel tremendous with lungs alive and wide.
Walking these well trodden paths, which dip in and out of the magnificent Cleveland Way, clears my soul for sure. Exposure to the elements on top of these moors, makes me love them all the more. As individuals we become very small here. I look one way and as far as the eye can see, the landscape is defined by sprawling heather, cotton grasses and the rarest of tree appearances, over gentle curves which disappear into hidden valleys. I look the other and Teesside’s towns and industry remind you civilisation is very near, and home is but an hours walk away.
Here I have the best of both worlds, and escape is never too far from either. Whatever the season…..
this place will always hold its own, in steadfast grit, quietly exuding its extreme beauty.
What is more, I love it!