Just over a month ago a very silly thing happened, I was bending down to pick up the vacuum cleaner and ping my back goes into spasm, didn’t even reach the thing in question! Anyone who has experienced this, and I think I’m one of many, will understand the excruciating pain and total immobility, for a while at least! So, having had this a few times in the past, I knew that all I could do was to be patient, try and do a few exercises, try not to sit (sitting is the worst!) and just wait it out, mostly on the floor or in bed, being horizontal is the only way forward for me. As it happened the weather wasn’t so good, is that an understatement, so I wasn’t too bothered about setting off for my usual daily walks but I did get to dreaming and remembering about all the lovely walks I’ve done, on my own and with others. It was good to relive some of them and thought I might share some of them with you again. You will find all the walks and loads more on our Blog, just click on ‘Walking in the Dales’ in the Categories section of the Blog.

Here are just a few remembered wonderful days walking in the glorious Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It would seem appropriate to start with a walk into Walden from West Burton, a pretty dale with wonderful views into Wensleydale and you always seem to be able to see Bolton Castle wherever you may be!

Cover Bridge to Cover Bridge! Always popular, go anticlockwise and make it longer with a detour at Kilgram Bridge. Another one in mid Wensleydale, East Witton and up into Colsterdale, walking some of the Six Dales Trail and returning via Waterloo Farm.

A terrific walk from Hawes into Cotterdale and returning via the Pennine Way into Hardrow, just stunning. Short walks from West Burton, Askrigg, Hawes, Carperby, Penhill, Buckden Pike, I’m getting carried away! Please do have a look on our blog for ideas, make up your own walks with the help of a map. But above all enjoy this amazing part of the world, up close and personal!