Stobb Cross

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object – earlier in the week we went for a four mile walk across the high ground above Allendale – Hexhamshire Common. This is magnificent, wild, empty moorland with not a man-made object in sight – except, Stobb Cross, which seems to act like a magnet. We thought we were entirely alone, but no, sat at the base of the cross was another lone walker. Contemplating life, taking deep drags on a cigarette, he too thought he had found complete solitude, but then we popped up:

Stobb Cross - lone walker

I admired his determination to be alone. It was long after we had drifted west that he finally headed east – if you click to enlarge the image, on the distant horizon you can just make out the solitary figure rising from the cross:

Stobb Cross on the horizon


  1. Jean's Photography · February 2, 2014

    Great photographs. They add so much depth and emotion that one must only look at the images to understand the underlying tone and message it emphasizes.

  2. Cindi · February 2, 2014

    Desolate and beautiful. And the lone hiker adds so much *humanity* to the feeling of your images!

    • northumbrianlight · February 2, 2014

      Many thanks Cindi. I was vaguely irritated that we didn’t have the place to ourselves (it’s an age thing 🙂 ) but as we left I realised the lone figure added to the scene rather than detracted from it.

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  4. LaVagabonde · February 2, 2014

    A fine place for a winter’s walk. It would be an eerie feeling to be out there totally alone.

    • northumbrianlight · February 2, 2014

      Pam said the same thing and then spotted the lone hiker “and what would I do if I met him out here on my own” – she watches too many Scandinavian crime dramas….I don’t think Pam could cope with Chuuk 🙂

  5. littledogslaughed · February 2, 2014

    I like both of these images very much-there is a real sense of isolation, even desolation, in the top image particularly to me-the black and white really works well here-lovely job!

    • northumbrianlight · February 2, 2014

      Many thanks. I was pleased with the black but even though it is deep winter, there is actually some surprising amounts of colour right down at ground level.

  6. suej · February 2, 2014

    Desolate and beautiful describes it for me, too….

    • northumbrianlight · February 3, 2014

      It is a splendid area and somewhere I had never been before. Northumberland is a wonderfully empty place compared to the rest of England.

      • suej · February 3, 2014

        It certainly is!

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  9. Tish Farrell · February 3, 2014

    What a very eerie place, Robin. V. Garneresque.

    • northumbrianlight · February 3, 2014

      Yes, you are right Tish, I had not thought of that…..and appropriately, the Allen Valley is littered with the remains of Lead and Fluorite mines.

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