Sunday, 10 December 2017

Settle and Lakeland Voices on the Settle Carlisle Line - 9 Dec 2017 - Pictures and videos.

Happy Christmas 2017 all!!

Two choirs meet:
Settle Voices:  Settle to Ribblehead Station and back..
Lakeland Voices: Langwathby to Ribblehead to Settle to Langwathby..

(See record of some earlier years - just the Settle part

Settle Voices meet and sing at Settle Railways Station at 10.15 on Sat 9th Dec 2017. There is snow on the fields, but the station platform has been cleared. And there are sherry and mince-pies inside the waiting room.

This is a Judith and Althea (in red) adventure 
Meanwhile, Judith, the photographer, nips off to the
Operatic Society Coffee Morning (not shown)
(where I win some smelly body lotions stuff on the tombola)

 then to the Catholic Craft Fayre : above
(where I win a mystery raffle prize yet to be claimed)
and buy a Christmas Cake

Then off to Giggleswick Parish Church Christmas Event,
where I win a small bottle of water on the tombola. Hmmm did not make much on that...

Giggleswick Church

By 1.40pm the choir have  crossed the platform and are about to alight on the train to Ribblehead
Singing on the train:

 Here we meet the Lakeland Voices and crammed into the waiting room.
David led the singing in the Waiting Room.--

Ribblehead Waiting Room
 The singers sang silent night in four different languages. 
I met a real passenger in the adjacent room /cafe staffed by volunteers. - A young Latvian lady working in IT in Birmingham .. She was up for a walking weekend at Settle to see more of the UK - and had just climbed Whernside that morning.  I tried (but failed) to get her to go and sing "Silent night" in Latvian.

While some singers ate Christmas Cake and cheese at the railway station, other brave souls trecked down the icy track across to the pub

Where we entertained those having lunch.

We left the pub

and walked up the track back to the station

Passing (- and this would not be a normal post of mine if I did not include it - )
Passing and pausing at fence posts supporting the green filamentous alga Klebsormidium crenulatum.  The presence of this alga shows that there is nitrogen pollution (NO2 or Ammonia). We are a long way from the pig farms and intensive farming of East Yorshire, and from the motorways , car full roads and industries of Yorkshire and Lancashire - but  the heavy rainfall, drizzle - and today  fine snow - that capture the NO2 from the air,  mean  that the Pennines get more NO2 pollution than the lowlands. It acts like a fertilizer for this alga which grows especially well.

Look out for Klebsormidium on your walks

Returning to Ribblehead Station

We have a good trip down on the train, singing on the way.

Then at Settle we repair to the Royal Oak

David Burbidge of Sedbergh leads the Lakeland Voices in a rendering of the Slovenian Folk carol that Sedbergh's twin town in Slovenia taught them.

A group from Lancashire sing their joyful carols
Two views
-yes they have a big morror at the Royal Oak

At 6.30 the Lakeland Voices have soup at the Royal Oak..

..whilst Settle voices go over the road to take part in Settle Parish Church Community Carol Concert..

Seems a long time since we set off this morning

Big thanks to our leaders - Janet Russell and David Burbidge

(See record of some earlier years - just the Settle part)

Friday, 8 December 2017

40 Teashops & Eating places within 2.6 miles of Settle

Fancy a cup of coffee? You're in luck at Settle. 

42 Places within 3 miles of Settle!!   .. and the total is growing ..

I list all 42 lower down this post.  - I keep adding a place every few weeks.

 Place Number 13: Settle Railway Station. On Sat 9th Dec there will be  mince pies and sherry ( donations welcome) at 10am onwards -and the chance to hear Settle Voices singing folk carols at 10am  before they set off  on the train for Ribblehead (and more events at the station during the Open Day)
Right: Enjoying the Christmas Food at Settle Station Open Day 2016

Above: 10 December 2016 - Jumpy filming - but meaningful words

Below: 13 Dec 2014 - this makes a good story. 

Pen y Ghent will be white like this on 9 Dec.
(It is long so you may wish to skip the middle two thirds.)

Then in the afternoon (not sure what time) they'll be joined by Lakeland Voices and be singing in...

the Lion -


Place number 1: St John's Tuesday coffee  mornings 10-12

Place number 1: Settle Methodist Church BD24 9JH
: 10am-12midday - There is coffee every Tuesday - but the first Tuesday of the month it is always for charity


Place number 42: Coffee available from 5.30am!! - Lamberts: Newsagents on the Marketplace: 

 Lamberts has an outside  Notice board with small adds.

It's Settle FlowerPot Festival time of year - and Lamberts has a Liquorice Allsort Man!.

Place number 41: Opened on 27 June 2017: The Courtyard Dairy

Upstairs is the cafe
The shop
 This is 3.4 miles from the centre of Settle - so maybe not within the 2.6 mile definition.. But it's such a fine place I must include it:
See my blogpost 

Place number 40:-. Brand new Opened on 21 June 2017: The Coffee- House at The Folly
This picture was taken on 19 June -
as the electricians make final touches
to the new Coffee-house

Inside a Sneak preview
picture taken two days before opening:-
There are two coffee rooms.. 

Ivy-leaved Toadflax growing near the door.

Place number 13. Settle Railway Station
Shop at Settle Railway Station -
serve Drinks of Tea and Local Ice-cream

Place number 20: 3 Peaks (Cycle Shop) Cafe

Three Peaks Cycle shop -New  Cafe -
Opening times || Picture of inside of cafe
Place number 8:. The Singing Kettle, Settle
The Singing Kettle, Settle

5.  Poppies Tea Room

Poppies Tea Room


We may be losing our local schools and petrol stations (and even pubs) .. but ..

Settle residents and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to partaking of tea or coffee.

Early-late evening meals: 16 places within 2.6 miles of Settle 

Cup of tea/coffee/cakes on a Tuesday morning within Settle itself (excluding even Giggleswick): 17 places (or 20 including take-aways).  Not bad for a resident population of c.4500 (including Settle, Giggleswick, Langcliffe and Stainforth)

Places nearby but outside Settle include (distances from Settle Market Place) : The Courtyard - 1.7 miles, Craven Arms (1.3 miles) The Knights Table. Little Stainforth (2.6 miles), The Craven Heifer, Stainforth (2.4 miles)

A big thank you to all the visitors who support our shops!!!.


6. Settle Down Cafe

Settle Down Cafe

Tuesday Mornings only:-
  1. Settle Methodist Ch. Tuesday Coffee Morning 10-12
  2. Settle Angl Ch. Tuesday Coffee & Lunches 10-13.30
  3. Traidcraft Tuesday 10-12 Friends Meeting House
  4. Victoria Hall  Tuesday 10.00-15.00 Coffee and Bacon Butties.

    Sunday Afternoons only:-
  5. Langcliffe Teas in Summer - Langcliffe Inst  2-4.30pm. *****

    All Week Days, and sometimes Sundays:-
  6. Lay of the Land Garden Centre 
  7. Poppies Tea Rooms   10.00-15.00  (Wed Closed)
  8. Singing Kettle
  9. Naked Man Cafe             Longridge ice-cream
  10. Settle Down Cafe
  11. 3 Peaks Cycle Shop Cafe
  12. Limestone View Cafe
  13. Settle Railway Station
  14. The Fisherman 11.30-20.30
  15. Fish and Chip Shop Cafe at the Shambles 11.30-19.30 (Cafe) 11.30-20.30 (shop). Yorks Tea
  16. Watershed Mill (really in Langcliffe Parish)
  17. Car and Kitchen
  18. Bar 13  3pm-11pm Internet Cafe
  19. The Falcon Hotel
  20. The Folly Coffee-House 9.30am - 4.30pm Mon- Sat and 10.30am - 4.30 on Sunday

  21. Talbot Arms - open all day
  22. The Royal Oak   Lunch 12-2.30pm and evenings
  23. The Lion  All Day

    Take Away:
  24. Forage and Feast      9-3.30pm M,T Th,F  9-1pm W, Sa
  25. Settle (Coop) Petrol Garage 7-11pm 
  26. Booths - Coffee
  27. Lambert's newsagents on the Market Place 5.30am-5pm

    Take Away / Evening restaurants:
  28. Dales Pizza 824411 Take Away and Delivery
  29. Ruchees
  30. R. Spice - Indian on the Market Place    5-10pm F, Sa 5-11pm
  31. China Choice - Take away (no tea/coffee)  825825  5pm-11pm (Fri,Sa -middnight)
  32. Italian - Basement of the Shambles    824929 (5-9pm). Summer June-Aug also 12-3pm)
  33. Griddle and Sizzle     5-9pm T,Th,Fr,Sa,Su  M,T closed. 822277
  34. Little House              W,Th, F, Sa, Su from 6pm Closed Mo Tu 823963
  35. The Craven Arms     (weekends and evenings) 
  36. The Black Horse 
  37. The Hart's Head        12pm-9pm
  38. The Tuck shop -        Well Ice cream--  and Fizzy drinks - no coffee,

    Within three miles of Settle:  
  39. The Courtyard
  40. Knights Table - Little Stainforth    BD24 0DP 822200 9.00-21.00
  41. The Craven Heifer, Stainforth
  42.  The Courtyard Dairy, Beyond north end of Settle Bypass  LA2 8AS - View: Google Maps.

Population (2011 Census) Settle:2560 Giggleswick 1270, Langcliffe: 231 (total S,G,L: 4061) 
Stainforth: 231. We also have two large caravan sites (not included)

The Talbot Arms has just had its doorposts painted for you.

Enjoy the beer garden at the back of the Talbot

Post first started 24 May 2017 but is frequently updated - latest update: 12 July

Settle Station December Open Day- Settle Voices and Kendal Voices singing on the Settle Carlisle Line

I am looking forward to accompanying Althea tomorrow Sat 9th Dec 10am - 
when she sings with Settle Voices on the platform at Settle Station Open Day. 
It is at 10am.  BE there to hear us!!

11 Dec: and if you click here you can see the post I have now written in December 2017 about our trip on 9th December 2017

Below are videos from last year and earlier years. 

After the three videos I write about what we will be doing this year..  
Then we will be going on the train to Ribblehead to sing ......

Above: 10 December 2016 - Jumpy filming - but meaningful words

Above: 10 December 2016 - This one makes a nice story watching it.

Below: 13 Dec 2014 - this makes a good story too, though it is long so you you may wish to skip the middle two thirds.

Pen y Ghent will be white like this tomorrow.

At Ribblehead we will be meeting Lakeland Voices and singing with them.. I have no pictures or vidoes of singing at Ribblehead-- I hope to get some when we get there.

Then the Lakeland Voices People come back and sing with us.. In 2015 they sang at the Lion in Settle

We will be going on the train to Ribblehead...  and meeting up with Kendal Vioces

 Settle Voices at Settle Station on 10 Dec

Enjoyed the Christmas Food at Settle Station 

See also

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Robert Starling

Robert Starling of Giggleswick died this 6 November. He was an active participant in Craven Conservation group for 29 years and our Secretary for 28 of them. He was very active in conservation issues. We will miss him.

The service of celebration and remembrance will be at 11.30am on Thursday 23
November 2017 at Giggleswick Church.

Natural England / Craven Conservation Group Work Party at Lord's Pasture, Giggleswick, Settle. Robert on the right.

I'll put a few more pictures up after the service

Sunday, 29 October 2017

CCG Fungus Foray at Giggleswick October 2017

 28 October 2017

Despite a forecast of fog and 40 mile an hours gusts, 13 of us turned up to the Craven Conservation Group foray including the leaders Jane and Archie. It was actually reasonably warm. The strong winds did not materialise so it was just another typical damp Craven day...

And a typical fun, action-full, informative, fascinating fantastic foray. Thanks again Jane and Archie!  We walked from  Giggleswick  up the footpath through the fields towards Giggleswick School chapel.

So what did we find.

First - Galerina atkinsoniana (formerly Galerina vittiformis subsp. atkinsoniana) recognisable by its hairy stipe

 Galerinas are small gingery fungi that grow amongst mosses

Galerina atkinsoniana

We found several waxcaps. This white one which does not have a smell is  the Snowy waxcap  formerly Hygrocybe virginea but now Cuphophyllus virgineus. (We had earlier found Hygrocybe russocoriacea which is whitish -slightly brownish but has a smell of  cedar shavings)

Snowy Waxcap 


We found three examples of Hymenoscyphus. This is a tiny Ascomycete (cup fungus)

First we noticed the Ash Dieback near Settle HighSchool
That used to be called Chalara but now it is called Hymenoscyphus fraxinius.

Then we found this Hymenoscyphus sp on a pine cone. The head is about 1mm across

 Here is a view from the side. See the moss for comparison

The third one was on a dead (deciduous tree) log, along with some purple Ascocoryne sarcoides (Purple Jellydisc fungus)

Ascocoryne sarcoides

The stones on the walls of the fields were covered with the filamentous alga  Klebsormidium crenulatum. The very wet October has enabled this alga to continue growing.

Or maybe it is because there is EVEN more NOx in the air - or because this field has had lots of fertilizer applied.  Or all three.

If we peep over the Klebsormidium covered wall we see the Chapel

Here is an old Yellow Fieldcap - Bolbitius titubans (formerly vitellinus)

and here is a younger one

There was a big old Ash tree. "A bough had fallen off and bent the gate in the past" said Robert. The trunk was hollow.
Inside was Ganoderma australe - Artists' fungus. 

 This is a section of the cap but upside down.  The "flesh" part of the cap is thicker than the gills, making it australe,  (rather than G applanatum) and the edge of the cap is obtuse not acute. 

I also found this lichen on the bark of the old Ash trunk

On the slope by the cricket pitch were some Clouded Agarics or Cluded funnelcaps Clitocybe nebularis

And a beautiful tiny inkcap called Parasola

 Once the black spores are shed only the edge of the cap is dark

Beside the footpath parallel to the very steep tarmac road down to Giggleswick there was a mossy edge to the path with lots of Marchantia

And growing in the Marchantia was this bright orange Omphalina type fungus which may well be Rickenella fibula, though the larges one was over 2cm across.

Archie took this with him next day when he was visiting Roy Watling in Edinbugh. and Roy recognised it as Loreleia postii  (Formerly Omphalina postii)- which grows on Marchantia Liverwort.  Distribution Map
It is similar to Loreleia marchantiae which was spotted by Bryologist Sam Bosanquet on Twitter two weeks later in Wales.
People who came included
Diana, Geoff, Robert Starling, Julie, Ken, Jo, Christine, Maureen,Doris, Paula, myself, Jane, Archie.
We did not know it then, but this was Robert's last trip out with CCG
Jane and Archie have now sent me an updated list. I can send it to people if they ask.

Welcome to future CCG meetings.