Pen-y-Ghent and Language

A video poem for Walk Number 7 from thecheesewolf’s series Ten Walks. This piece was filmed on Pen-y-Ghent (The Hill of the Winds) in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, northern England. One of the main themes of this poem is language and naming – in this case the names of hills. Pen-y-Ghent is believed to be the Brythonic name for the hill – it is very similar to the Welsh for “Hill of the Wind”. Clearly there is a Celtic resonance in the name, and there are many remnants of the pre-”English” cultures of the Dales. Indeed, on nearby Ingleborough there are the clear outlines of ancient round houses, and just up the dale from Pen-y-Ghent itself are the remains of a small Roman outpost.  If you are ever in this neck of the woods, do try to check out Pen-y-Ghent, and the other hills around (Ingleborough, Whernside, Buckden Pike etc). It is a special place, and the food, wildlife and walking are all wonderful.


if you would like to read the poem, go to, and look under the Ten Walks tab. Alternatively, click on the captions button on the video for a “sub-titled” version. this may not work on Kindles, for some reason.


A Breath (A Stream) – video poem


A video poem of the piece A Breath (A Stream). This video poem was filmed in the summer of 2013, and is of the upper reaches of the River Wharfe (Yorkshire Dales National Park, England). It is one of a series of video poems which I am making to accompany my 14 line poetry.


If you’d like to read the poem, the following link will take you there:

However, if you’d rather, you can click the youtube commentary box (bottom right of the video poem) and it will bring up the English “subtitles”. Just click it again to remove them. This facility doesn’t appear to work on Kindle, for some reason.




a video poem by set around the site of a Roman fort on Mastile’s Lane, above Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.

The written version of this video poem can be found at:

this video poem is copyright Gavin Jones 2013