I have just spent four days in one of the snow huts at Dent Railway Station on the Settle & Carlisle line!
Originally built because of the inhospitable conditions and to enable the workmen to shelter from the snow, they have been refurbished and come complete with log burning fire and all the home comforts. It makes an excellent place to spend a few days away from it all and do some writing.
There was snow on the roads and on the hills, and the scenery was breath taking. The village of Dent by the way is four miles from the station! One evening while sitting by the log fire I had a visitor perching on the kitchen sill looking in — a wonderful snowy white Barn Owl.
I was there to write my murder mystery novel. "Murder on the Ribblehead Viaduct" which will be published next year. Why not join me for the launch on the weekend of 25th /26th September at Ribblehead Station — it's already booked. There will be drinks and a few nibbles and you may be lucky and see a steam train!
What is it about railways and their fascination? I really enjoyed my stay with the goods trains rattling past only yards away from the snow hut.
Rev Malcolm Lorimer.