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22/02/21

Briar Cottage in Middleham in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales

Briar cottage, dating from the 18th century, has been carefully renovated to reveal some of its original features and is part of a small, interesting, terrace which sits on the fringe of the cobbles looking out towards the torn ramparts of Middleham Castle.

 
20/02/21

Hackfall, an ancient woodland near Masham in the Yorkshire Dales

Hackfall woods, in between Grewelthorpe and Masham, is so much more than trees, now a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) there are of course many trees, oak, beech, sycamore, limes and ash trees but go any time of year

 
14/02/21

The Work of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Like a lot of other organisations the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust have found the last twelve months a challenging time but you, our holidaymakers, have continued to support them throughout the year and we, and the YDMT, would like to say thank you.

 
06/02/21

The Yorkshire Dales National Park voted best in Europe!

So now it must be official, what we’ve known all along that the Yorkshire Dales National Park is the best, the best in Europe that is and eleventh in the world as voted by users of Tripadvisor. Quite an accolade but how could it not be so?

 
30/01/21

A beautiful walk from West Burton into Bishopdale, not to be missed!

Yes, we are in lockdown but the Yorkshire Dales are still here waiting for you whenever you’re ready and able to return. January 2021 hasn’t been the best of months weather wise, it is winter after all, or has it just seemed so because of the situation we are all in. However on a good, clear, very still day with the ground hard and crunchy under foot I set off in the direction of Bishopdale.

 
26/01/21

One Day by Donna Ashworth, a beautiful poem of hope

A lovely friend of mine sent this poem to me and felt I needed to share with you, do hope you enjoy. The poem is written by Donna Ashworth and the image, One Day, is by the wonderful Charlie Mackesy, author of ‘The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse’

 
13/01/21

Harmby and Spennithorne, villages near to Leyburn in Wensleydale

Perhaps a little mention about Harmby and Spennithorne in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales, I talk about them both together as they are small villages just east of Leyburn about half a mile apart. Some of the walks on my blog take you through the villages but not a mention otherwise.

 
02/01/21

Circular walk from Richmond to find Willance’s Leap

On a bright, shining, truly stunning winter’s day we set off from Richmond in a westerly direction to find the monument at Willance’s Leap, an interesting if gory story but well worth a read and well worth walking to!

 
21/12/20

From Darkness to Light by Leslie Annaliese, a poem for the Winter Solstice

I seem to have posted a few poems this year, perhaps it’s the times we are living in but 2021 will be better! These particular few days in December, the Winter Solstice, are always important to the Bell household as we know we are now on the way back to Spring and longer days.

 
18/12/20

The Ancient Trees Walk at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon

The day was quite grey and a little drizzly when Joanne and I set off on the Ancient Trees Walk at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon but in no way did it spoil our enjoyment of this lovely walk. About three and half miles, including to and from the car park to St. Mary’s church, easy going and so interesting.

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