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Richard Bell's walks, local history, natural history and sketchbooks from Yorkshire and the Peak District.

Rough Patch, post free* offer
(*in the UK only)

The Wilder Side of the Garden in Spring

Rough Patch'Richard Bell could be another David Attenborough, with his tales of astonishing plants and carefully observed wildlife – except that he never gets beyond his own garden fence.'

Terry Fletcher, Dalesman

At this time of year my Rough Patch, a back garden nature reserve with veg beds in the centre, is at its best, as the hawthorn hedge bursts into leaf. It's been a good year for the frogs, the blackbirds are busy and house sparrows have just ousted the blue tits from the nestbox by the back door. My Rough Patch sketchbook tells the story so far.

'full of lively incidents and observations, not to mention a couple of poems, recipes and children’s drawings. We meet all kinds of creatures from the garden, from moths to bats, bees to newts, and even look up at the stars.'

Country Smallholding

Price £4.99, post free in the U.K.

If you'd like me to post overseas, please get in touch with me. The simplest way to do it is to order TWO copies, and then I'll put the cost of the second copy towards the air-mail.

160 pages, hand-written sketchbook (A5 in black and white and colour), paperback.

As I say, please let me know if you would like me to send a copy further afield.

Current titles

All Sorts of Walks in Liquorice Country
Walks in Robin Hood's Yorkshire
Walks around Horbury
Walks around Newmillerdam
Walks around Ossett
Around Old Horbury
Around Old Ossett
Sandal Castle
Thornes Park
Waterton's Park
Coxley Valley
Malham Magic
High Peak Drifter
Rough Patch
Drawing on Reserves
The Normanton Chronicles
Wakefield Words

Out of Print

Walks in the Rhubarb Triangle


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