A Drive In the Country … Yorkshire Dales, England



Not for the faint of heart

Those devil-dare roads

That wind and course

And spill o’er vale and rambling hill.


‘Tween walls of stone unyielding.

Scarce room to breathe as

Bumper whispers to bumper

“Take care o’er there by Malham Cove.”


As mists roll in a view obscured.

One dare not say, nor breathe, a word

As through the rolling roads we pass and

Pray for cushion of the grass.

Dorothy Chiotti
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Malham Cove

Malham Cove

This short, haphazard poem was inspired by a rather haphazard drive through the Yorkshire Dales.

My husband wasn’t driving at the time. His uncle, who resides in Skipton, sped us through a jam-packed one-day excursion, which took us by many lovely ancient villages; up into the hills at Malham; over to Bolton Abbey and whatever else he could squeeze into a whirlwind tour.

The scenery was glorious. I really wish we could have spent more time there.

It was a long driving day and Lloyd’s uncle, who is 86 and has lived in the area for many years (and who swims 34 laps of a 25 metre pool four mornings a week), drove those familiar narrow, winding stone wall-lined roads like a speedway ~ that is to say FAST!!!

To be fair, everyone drives those roads ~ roads that were never designed for modern-day passing traffic ~ like speeding demons.

It’s all part of the charm, I suppose … and why it’s unlikely I shall ever take the wheel of a car in the Yorkshire Dales myself. 😉


While in England, in September, I adopted a bit of a writing experiment.

As we travelled by car around the country, my husband driving, I kept a blank-paged journal and a pen ever at hand to write down whatever inspired as we went.

It was a fun exercise which, apart from leaving me with a few inspired gems (and some jibberish, but that’s the creative process, right?) also instilled a greater sense of how much of my heart still resides in this land where I spent my formative years.

The view inspired, the memories flowed, my heart was filled and the words came.

I’ll be posting them as the spirit moves.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

10 thoughts on “A Drive In the Country … Yorkshire Dales, England

  1. Thanks, Dorothy. Reminded me of my ride with Uncle Frank through the same winding roads of Yorkshire, 15 years ago with Roberto. Queen Anne’s Lace was abundant and lining the roadway. They shivered like excited race car spectators as we sped by. It can be so exhilarating to survive the journey, yes? K

    • Yes. It was quite something. Especially given the “bump” we experienced at the end of our little journey. 😉 Did we tell you about that? … Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

    • Thank you, Valerie. … It is a beautiful area. I was mesmerized by all the little villages. I wish we’d had more time to explore them … Settle looked really interesting. Still, I guess that just means we’ll have to go back. 😉

    • I could probably do it if I was in a car with automatic transmission, could remember to stay on the “other” side of the road and didn’t have to contend with too many on-coming speed demons. … Still, there is something lovely about sitting in the back seat of the car watching the scenery and jotting down my thoughts as we go. Hmmm … yes, in that case I’ll stick with a driver … 😉

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