Hannah Hauxwell

Why did I call my bike Hannah Hauxwell?

Because Hannah Hauxwell is my hero.

If you're from Yorkshire/ Co. Durham you will know who Hannah Hauxwell is, if you're not, well she was an amazing woman who ran a farm in North Yorkshire with no running water or electricity for years and years - all on her own.
Yorkshire TV made a documentary in 1972 about difficult winters on Yorkshire farms, Hannah was one of the farmers and everyone loved her.
She was so popular, they ended up making programmes just about Hannah.
She's a wonderful woman in ways that aren't considered wonderful much anymore, her values and determination is connected to bygone years and the innocence she had aged 40 wouldn't be found in any 10 year old today.
If you can look up any footage of Hannah Hauxwell do, though I think most of it has been removed from youtube because there are dvds you can buy (or borrow from me, I have all the programmes on dvd!)

Here's the wikipage for Hannah.

This year I turned 40 and me and C hired a campervan, sorry 'Motorhome' to travel around Yorkshire.

It was a stunning holiday, we drove to Hull, Spurn Point, Withernsea, Flamborough, Filey, Bempton Rocks, Scarborough, Whitby, Horcum's hole, the North Yorkshire Moors, The Yorkshire Dales, Haworth, walking the moors to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Cotherstone, Hebden Bridge, Todmordon, Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale, Skipton, Ilkley, Harrogate, Leeds, Holmfirth and more I can't remember at the moment.

But the highlight, don't ask me why, was visiting Hannah's old farm - Low Birk Hat farm in Baldersdale (old North Yorkshire, now Co. Durham).

There was something about that day I'll never forget.

The stream running down to Hannah's farm, Feb 2013.

Low Birk Hat Farm on the edge of Blackton Reservoir, where Hannah used to wash her clothes.

Blackton Reservoir and Hannah's farm.

Hannah's farm is bottom right with the reservoir behind. This was taken from the 'main road' (pot holed excuse of a lane in the middle of nowhere).

This area was North Yorkshire for most of the time Hannah lived here and when the first the documentary was filmed in 1973. They moved the administrate boundaries in 1974 and this area became Co. Durham

The hay barn where Hannah used to sleep next to her cattle for warmth during really cold winter nights. 

Black grouse, amazing to see in a field opposite Hannah's farm. They're in decline in the UK (non existent in Ireland). There were 5 of them, quite tame.