Thursday, 11 June 2015

A Walk in the Dales II

Went for a walk around the Clapham Nature Trail yesterday. It takes you around the Ferrer estate, which owns about 70% of the properties in the village. You can't rent any of the estate houses unless you have children, as they want to keep the local school going and have a very heavy commitment to keeping the village as a working community, rather than allowing it to become a chocolate box village of 2nd homes. Sounds like a viable strategy.

Apparently Alan Bennett lives here for some 3 or 4 months of the year and another famous citizen was Michael Faraday, who electrified the village using an early form of hydro-electric power from the waterfall.

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