Elm Hill, Norwich, England
The Great Wall of Bullpot. OK, fine, so it’s not exactly as epic as China’s world-famous wall but still, it’s quite impressive isn’t it?
One of the many many wonderful areas and landscapes that Lisabet showed me around was this place, called Bullpot in Cumbria. Well, actually what you explore is the fells and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales, even though it’s in Cumbria (when Cumbria as a county was formed in the 70s, it swallowed some of the Yorkshire Dales, so you can be hiking through the Yorkshire Dales in Cumbria. Confusing, huh?)
“Bullpot” is actually a modernisation, and contraction, of “Bull Pot of the Witches”; named, not so much because of its association with witches but rather to distinguish it from Bull Pot in Kingsdale and its proximity to Witches Cave. The Dales has one of the most extensive cave networks in Britain.
I always marvel at these seriously long stone walls that can often, like here, scale all the way down a valley and rise back up to the top of a tall Fell. You know that whoever constructed these dry stone walls (no mortar or binding used at all) were double-hard bastards.