This painting was completed at the head of Bilsdale, part of the North York Moors. Just up from Hawnby where the lush wooded valley, or dale, rises to meet the heathland. After several miles of narrow roads enclosed by dry stone walls, it suddenly opens up to the moorland characteristic of this part of Yorkshire.
Bilsdale is on the Western edge of The North York Moors. Typical sheep farming terrain, with narrow lanes and steep climbs up and decents down, it's popular with cyclists and walkers. It ends here at Bumper Hagg. Hagg, I beleive means wooded slopes, which it must have been in the past – the remains visible below the rocky outcrops.