One of the features of Brayton Barff is it’s photography potential during most daylight hours and weather. The gnarled and twisted old oaks offer amazing opportunities for those wishing to capture that moment in time of light and shade contrasts. Together with misty mornings and sun just breaking through the Barff becomes ethereal with the mist subduing most unwanted sounds. It is not hard to realise where writers and poets find their inspiration. Especially in spring, late April, when the Barff is blessed with it’s outstanding display of Bluebells and their intense perfume on still mornings is a joy to behold. Elizabeth Kinch wrote:
Unfolding through the woodlands,
A carpet of bedazzled blue,
Bells summoning the fairies,
To the Springtime review.
They've come to make their magic,
To cast their seasonal spells,
The bluebell's nodding head's,
Beckons that all is well.
The fairies fill bluebell thimbles
And drink ambrosia essence,
Sitting on spotted toadstools
Beneath leaves so luminescent.
If you're walking through woodland,
Don't trample the beautiful bells,
It will bring you such bad luck
To disturb the fairies spells.
Copyright © | Year Posted 2017
And don’t forget the views from the top of Brayton Barff. Views over Selby and Brayton are often stunning but from the right spot York Minster can be clearly seen and on a very good day the Kilburn White Horse is visible at approximately 30+ miles distant.
Kilburn White Horse from the top of Brayton Barff. Distance approx 30+ miles.