Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fences and gates

In our ramblings—and our many times getting lost—we became very familiar with fences and gates. On our Mountain Goat tour, I learned that the stacked stone fences can last 300 years, which means my Regency characters could have leaned against the very fences I was looking at—if my characters were real, of course. People used whatever stones were available, so if the stones had been tumbled around by a river, they were round. If they came straight from the ground, they were flat.

Here’s a fence with mostly rounded stones.

walls and gates goat round stones

And here’s one where I’d say the stones are mostly flat.

walls and gates hill top walk close up of wall

Here’s a longer view of the flat-stone fence.

walls and gates hill top walk wall

I even got some pictures of fences that had fallen down.

walls and gates fallen wall hill top house walk

If you’ve got a fence, you need a way to get to the other side of it. You can go over it via a stile. (This was on Wansfell Pike.)

Walls and gates--Wansfell Pike--stile

Or maybe you can go under it.

walls and gates hill top walk hole in wall

I’m not sure what this is, really. I did peek inside and this is what I saw.

walls and gates hill top walk hole in wall close up

Mostly we went through fences via a gate. There were a variety of gate types. Here is the one that got us into Levens Park, but from the park side. It was less noticeable from the highway side.

walls and gates levens hall park 2

Here’s Mr. M posing so you can see how narrow the opening is.

walls and gates levens hall park

A large, farm-style gate was relatively common. Sometimes they had a latch, but other times they closed with just a piece of rope to loop over the fence post.

Walls and Gates--Dove Cottage day Rydal Watel

A common gate—and rather ingenious, I thought—that I hadn’t seen before was one that required you to step through an opening into a box kind of arrangement and then swing the gate so that it closed up that opening and opened the other to exit. Here’s a picture that might make it clearer.

Walls and gates--Hill top walk

The gate is on the right. Sometimes with a backpack and camera, it was a bit of a tight fit to stand in the box area and swing the gate into the other position.

We saw an odd structure on one of our long rambles that looked like a fence across a stream. I couldn’t figure out what it was for—to corral the fish? But they could just swim through.

walls and gate--closeup of sheep gate hill top walk

I asked our guide on the Mountain Goat tour, and he said it was to keep the sheep from wandering.

Here’s another that you can clearly see is part of a fence.

walls and gates goat trip

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