Wed, 4 October 2023

Newsletter sign-up

Subscribe now
The House Live All
Making strides towards Net Zero: Programme Management Offices for transformation Partner content
By AtkinsRéalis
Empowering British energy saving communities and businesses Partner content
Sellafield spotlight: Why innovation is thriving at the UK’s largest nuclear site Partner content
Keeping the UK at the forefront of the offshore wind market Partner content
Press releases

My New Years' Wish... To spend more time in the great outdoors

"There’s no better place to do it than in the serenity of our magnificent Yorkshire countryside." (Alamy)

2 min read

After the drama and tumult of the last 12 months, what might 2023 have in store for us? Here is Dan Jarvis’s resolution.

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?...

WH Davies’s poem reminds us that amidst the fray and fracas of Westminster, we all need to find some relief and respite. So, despite the pressures of life in politics, my New Year’s resolution for 2023 is to carve out a little bit of precious time to “stand and stare”. 

There’s no better place to do it than in the serenity of our magnificent Yorkshire countryside. Start at Langsett Reservoir, walk up the steep winding path to Cut Gate, and then on to Margery Hill. You’re quickly elevated above tall trees towards the sanctuary of the moorland. Once scaled, low-lying clouds sit above a carpet of gorse, touching at the horizon. Sheep outnumber people here.

Solitude is a welcome companion – encouraging calm reflection. There is space to stop, sit and survey the world below. The sound of wind lashing the landscape is punctuated by laughing grouse. This exposed, bleak, but beautiful terrain allows the weather to provide a theatre of extremes from one to another: sun, heat, dust, rain, hail, snow and lots of mud! 

It’s mystical; be in awe of it.

Being in the great outdoors is special because it is extraordinary. Wherever you are, it’s heartening to know it will always be there to escape back to, guided by Davies’s undeniable truth.

…A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

Happy New Year!

Dan Jarvis is Labour MP for Barnsley Central.

PoliticsHome Newsletters

Get the inside track on what MPs and Peers are talking about. Sign up to The House's morning email for the latest insight and reaction from Parliamentarians, policy-makers and organisations.

Read the most recent article written by Dan Jarvis MP - Britain must face hard truths to become a global force for good once more