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Aysgarth in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales

St Andrew's Church in Aysgarth, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales

A small linear village sitting along side the A684 midway between Hawes and Leyburn. The village may be small but well worth a visit as there are the magnificent Aysgarth Falls to see, a stroll round the majestic church of St Andrews, an Edwardian Rock Garden and various cafes and pubs. Now this might sound as if Aysgarth is much larger than the first impression given and I suppose the main village is separate to the falls area but well within walking distance to one another. Park your car in the village or in one the two car parks near to the falls and be entranced for a few hours.

The Georgian Theatre Experience at The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

The Georgian Theatre Experience at The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, Yorkshire Dales

Joanne and I were invited to the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond for a look behind the scenes! Literally! We arrived on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, along with others, and thoroughly enjoyed an interesting and informative hour or so led by our volunteer guide. The Georgian Theatre Experience is a one hour long tour, venturing back stage, into the stars dressing rooms, even onto the stage!

Tree planting with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust in Bishopdale

Tree planting with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust in Bishopdale

What fun Joanne and I had last Saturday morning in Bishopdale, it was a free event organised by the YDMT and part of this year’s Flowers of the Dales Festival. Essential work in practical conservation and couldn’t be done without all the volunteers who come and spend some time planting native broadleaved trees in our glorious Yorkshire Dales.

Circular walk into Walden from West Burton in Wensleydale

Circular into Walden from West Burton in Wensleydale

A lovely walk from the Cauldron Falls in West Burton into Walden and back down via the old/now newly planted plantation. Park your car at the waterfall area or by the village green and please wear suitable clothing and good footwear as the route takes you through pasture and moorland. Always a good idea to plan your route and take the map. The walk is about seven miles, quite easy going but some inclines. Fantastic views all the way.

Be a Ranger for the Day in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Be a Ranger for the Day in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Calling all children who are eight and over! Did you know you can experience being a ranger in the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park for the day and see for yourselves just what rangers do during their working day. There are various days to choose from and various venues too! Just bring yourselves and your enthusiasm along with snacks, drink and packed lunch and probably your wellies, oh and you need to bring an adult with you also! Don’t forget!

East Witton to Colsterdale on to Ellingstring and back to East Witton

East Witton to Colsterdale on to Ellingstring and back to East Witton

This walk is curtesy of Diana Jolland who has compiled a little book of ten circular walks in Wensleydale. You can find the book for sale in the Leyburn Arts and Community Centre in The Old School House. A route to walk after a good dry spell or be prepared for a bit of mud and standing water. A walk of magnificent views into Wensleydale, Colsterdale and Nidderdale.

Redmire to Castle Bolton, Dent’s House, Preston under Scar and back

Redmire to Castle Bolton, Dent’s House, Preston under Scar and back to Redmire

I know I keep on saying this but I am still amazed as to how many footpaths I haven’t walked, it’s really quite mind boggling as to how many miles of paths and tracks there are in the glorious Yorkshire dales and Nidderdale and how they intertwine with one another. Make long walks, short walks, whatever length of walk and you could still put in a stretch that’s unwalked although most certainly by many others past and present. Please plan your route beforehand, take the map and perhaps a compass if you’re unsure.

From Hawes into Cotterdale and the Pennine Way, two viaducts and a waterfall!

Hawes into Cotterdale and the Pennine Way, two viaducts and a waterfall!

On what turned out to be the perfect January day we set off from Hawes in a north westerly direction. A beautiful circular walk, just over ten miles with a good climb from Thwaite bridge. We saw a train going over Ribblehead Viaduct in the distance to the west and to the east at one point Wether Fell, Addlebrough and Penhill were all visible looking down Wensleydale, a total treat. Again, I cannot stress enough to plan your route, take your map for guidance, a compass is always a good companion, take water etc and snacks and always wear suitable clothing and good footwear.

Hawes in Upper Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Hawes in Upper Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

A town for all seasons? A total cliché but totally true, come anytime of year and truly immerse yourself in country life and the countryside. Market day every Tuesday, pubs, cafes, restaurants and of course miles upon miles of walking up hill and down dale!

Wild Walks in Nidderdale launched by Springwatch Star!

Wild Walks in Nidderdale launched by Springwatch Star!

This would seem like a lovely thing to try, wild walking! Lindsey Chapman, the BBC wildlife presenter and Patron of The Wild Watch in Nidderdale AONB, has launched three new Wild Walks. Rather than me typing all the details please follow this link Wild Walks launched by Springwatch Star to find out more and to download the walks.

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