Well gritted roads meant I was able to be dropped off near the junction for Ilkley Road, part tarmac and turning into a moorland track. Ice was much on evidence up here, wildlife was not though and there was little of interest for the camera.
Sheep farming is popular around here, winter vegetable feed to supplement the sparse grass on offer keeps the woolly beasts well fed.
The eery light on days like this is well summed up by the view eastwards as some watery sunlight shows briefly through the enveloping dense clouds.
I had no plan for a route and no map to consult, just trusting my local knowledge and instincts normally serves me well on the moors and there is one bird that never lets the wildlife watcher down up here.
I took a route towards a plantation hoping there might be a few creatures to observe in the shelter of the woods, the gamekeepers up here go to some lengths to protect the birds from predators and I found this trap, probably designed to capture weasels and not operable shortly after the photograph was taken!
The woodland has been partially cleared with single trunks being left to provide roosting points for birds, a good idea but unfortunately there were no roosters of any kind as I passed through.