To Furness Abbey and a Starlight Hike

Busy Saturday with two major events to photograph. First there was a drive up to Cumbria for a Medieval Fair at Furness Abbey and then a dash back to Oxenhope for Sue Ryder's Starlight Hike.

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Unfortunately things didn't go quite to plan with the Medieval Fair. The rain poured throughout the two hour drive north and if anything it intensified once we arrived. So overall there wasn't a great deal to photograph, not if you're looking for blue skies, sunshine and happy faces.

The situation brought an early departure and we were home with time to spare for the night's Starlight Hike. Regular readers will know that ickledot's photographed this event before; for the last two years in fact. As last year, the Hike began for the walkers with a ride on the famous Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, a steam train transporting them from the station at Oxenhope to Oakworth.

From there a meandering 10km walk led back to Oxenhope via the equally famous Haworth Main Street then through the grounds of the Manorlands hospice and down to the station.

As the photographs show, many people were brightly dressed, a lot of them as characters from film or book. It was a great night. You can see some more pictures over on Flickr and even more here. And you can help the people at Sue Ryder in their most valuable work by donating here. Why don't you have a go next year?

Happy Finisher

The final picture below was taken just before everyone boarded the train. I thought the guard's uniform and the steam gave the scene a feeling of the past; the 1940s perhaps. So I gave it this sepia look which I quite like!