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A walk from West Burton of bridges, valleys, a couple of villages and stunning views

On a very windy January morning I set off from home in West Burton, didn’t really know where I felt like walking but in the end had a walk with stunning views, easy valleys, a couple of villages and survived the wind! About five miles depending on detours.…

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When is a hamlet a village and the other way round?

I thought I might mention some of the tiny settlements in the dale and felt I had a good idea as to the difference between a hamlet and a village, i.e. the number of inhabitants or houses there but interestingly there is more to it.…

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Here's wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a great New Year!

Here’s wishing you all very happy Christmas and a great New Year celebration. What will 2020 bring? Exciting times? Perhaps, perhaps not! But whatever, the dales are always here for you to enjoy with a warm welcome.…

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Carols by Candlelight at Fountains Abbey in Ripon

What a lovely Christmassy experience we had last Sunday in the run up to Christmas.  A short walk takes us from Fountains Abbey reception to the abbey itself, a most impressive building as you would expect from a World Heritage Site.…

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From the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes in a circular manner

It’s coming up to Christmas and our ladies walking group thought it would be a nice idea to gather together for the last walk of the year and to finish with lunch afterwards.…

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Our visit to Alice in Winterland by Millie, Daughter and Grand Daughter

On 21 November, Country Hideaways was invited to an exclusive night for the opening of Alice In Winterland at Lightwater Valley, so of course I said that I would like to go too. On our drive up to the car park, through the trees we could see some lovely brightly coloured lights. ‘What are they?’ we all thought. When we went in, one of the first things we saw was a pair of upside-down blue legs in a hole - obviously this was Alice when she falls down the rabbit hole. We looked to our left and there was a giant rabbit lantern, and we hadn't even seen anything compared to what was on its way!…

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