Variations on a Theme


A few posts back I posted a picture of a stile, typical of a method to get from one side of a fence or wall to the other. (  On my walk the other day, I encountered 4 alternative designs, which is somewhat unusual. This first one is a practical up and round set of steps that I haven’t seen very often. I can only presume that as it was easy to get the materials to the location, being next to the road, the farmer thought it worthwhile.

Another practical, low impact solution, with stone being built into the wall and the coping stones left off. For somebody reasonably sprightly it’s easy enough to cross this one. But anyone a bit dodgy on their pins would have trouble as there is no convenient handhold – as two elderly ladies testified, it effectively stopped their walk along the footpath.  We spent a few minutes chatting about what there was to see – I mentioned I’d seen a Weasel, the first I’d seen for some time – I learnt that the older lady had been a professional botanist and, like me, was not too impressed with Himalayan Balsam.

A kissing gate.  These are quite common.  I don’t have much problem with them, even with my camera pack on my back, but I suspect that the larger person might find them a bit of a pain.

This is probably the simplest arrangement, a large stone lintel on either side and the top rail dropped a bit. The top rail here has taken a hammering as people have clipped it with their heels, backpacks and bicycles.


11 thoughts on “Variations on a Theme

    • I have no doubt that most places where fences/walls impede the walker there will a local solution to the problem. Of, course a gate would be the ideal – but from the farmer’s point of view the last thing they need is for one numpty to leave a gate open, letting the farmers livestock have free rein

    • 🙂 leprechauns are native to Ireland and I’m in the UK – but our society is such a mix nowadays anybody or anything is likely to turn up!
      My timetable doesn’t allow it at the moment but the best time to wander these paths is twilight – that’s when the real magic shows itself and imagination can take control.

      • Now why did I think you are in Ireland? I am mixing you up with somebody else who ALSO takes great pictures, but maybe more ‘etched’ than yours. Not much leprechauns stirring there. Yes; it is NIGEL BORRINGTON,’ A Photographers blog’ on word press too.
        (hmmm…I wonder now if he is really in Ireland…..)
        What have you in the UK, ‘things that go bump in the night’ ? Macbeth’s witches? bog bodies? …

      • Nigel is in County Kilkenny, Ireland.
        As to our beasties…fairies, ghosts, Vampires, etc.
        Black Shuck – a large black dog used to wander East Anglia, where I was born.
        Unfortunately, a lot of our folklore has been subsumed by American interpretation – and become less ‘mysterious’ because of it.

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