Farleton Knott is a small limestone crag beautifully situated near the border between Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria, in North-west England. I’ve been coming here for years to wander and think; to sketch and paint; to photograph the landscape; and to simply ‘be’. I am yet to visit anywhere else that can capture the imagination quite as much as this place, and it continues to draw me back again and again. There are many similar limestone landscapes within a stone’s throw from my home in Lancashire, and I have come to know them all, but this one is my favourite.
I park in a lay-by on a single track lane, climb the style, and stride out across the farmland that surrounds the Knott, usually occupied by a small flock of sheep. The ground slopes gradually upwards towards a modest limestone cliff, and before long the terrain becomes more rugged. Rocky limestone pavements abound, exposed to the elements, with small trees and shrubs scattered randomly across them. It seems incredible that they grow here, from the gaps between the rocks, reaching eastwards, blown by the wind. Lumps of rock stand on the pavement; known as erratics, debris left behind by glaciers. All of it an amazing feast for the eyes. I get the sense of being miles from anywhere; even though the motorway, and a scattering of towns and villages are situated in the valley below.
I feel a special bond with this place, an emotional response that is difficult to put into words. I have made a great deal of work as the result of my experiences here, and always carry a sketchbook and camera. I have even brought large canvasses up here and painted barefoot on the rocks. An experience I’d love to repeat again soon.
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