They're swifts (or swallows) - a huge flock of them concentrated round the railway bridge.
Heading S from Alston, and the rivers aren't low anymore!
The South Tyne in near flood.
Here be dragons :)
Gorge on the South Tyne
The outlet fall on Ashgill, and it was already clear there was a huge amount of water in it.
The next fall. Impressive this one. Last I was here people were jumping off it.....
Also from on top - a huge weight of water.
Ashgill force itself. In normal flow this is a really elegant thing and you can get into the river to photo it....
Another Ashgill force in spate photo - the weather had been quite OK up to this point, but subsequent to this I went over to Nenthead and found the rain on the way! Buses out via Brampton and Hexham resulted.
Lucky to have got through it seems!
Ummm, yes, care.
The long walk through from the end of Allen banks, over Hadrians wall and on to West Woodburn was truly bleak and the weather a bit grey. A gnarled old lichen covered bush seems a suitable representative.
Wether hill N of West Woodburn, decent views although the Coquet valley doesn't look so much from here.
A silly nav mix up landed me with a surprise Alpaca herd to stare at....
Now this is getting dangerously cute!
And again, bunched this time.
Some older ones, entirely uncaring of my existence.
Bits of the Simonside hills are nice, defined sandstone stuff. Some bits aren't!
I think from the top of the Simonside hills (actually W of Simonside itself.).
The plague advances.
Simonside - impressively prominent after a bunch of moorland!
Coquet valley on the way into Rothbury.