Last weekend was the annual Heritage Open Days event which celebrates England's heritage and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.
I joined a group walk in one of our local dales to visit old farmhouses, some of which are still working farms, led by an historian who has written about the area.
The meeting point was at a distinctive landmark monument, which, in fact, is a water tank for a farm. (The farmhouse is in the wooded area). It was then embellished by one owner to include a roof and obelisk. Made of local stone, the structure doesn't look out of place in the rural landscape. The date carved on it is AD 1856.
It was a lovely day for a walk. As usual I'm bringing up the rear with one or two others who were taking photographs.
This is one of the farms we visited with solid stone walls and interesting doors, windows and ventilation openings in the barns and outhouses.
The farmhouse with a date plaque for 1697
We appreciated the fact that the owners enabled us to visit farms that are not usually open to the general public who walk in this beautiful area.