I was speaking to someone the other day, as you do, and he was telling me that his project of the moment was to try and find all the lime kilns in Swaledale, Wensleydale and Coverdale.
Apparently there are hundreds and he has found three hundred and fifty up to press and taken photographs along the way. He did say a lot, if not most, were not on a footpath or public rights of way so I didn’t feel inspired to follow in his footsteps, as it were. Got me thinking though and thought that there are limitless things someone could seek out and for you as a holidaymaker could quite easily come up with an idea to try and visit/find as many as you can whilst you are here. Or, even make it a project over many years, perhaps you already do this.
For example, there are loads of waterfalls, many on footpaths, marked on the OS maps to gaze upon, Cauldron Falls at West Burton, the famous Aysgarth Falls and Hardrow Force. Cotter Force near Appersett, Aysgill Force above Hawes, Keld Scar waterfall in Stalling Busk (one for my list I think not having been here). Redmire Force, park at Berry’s Farm Shop and Cafe in Swinithwaite for a cuppa and walk down to the river from there, just a short walk but very pleasant.
I’m not too sure about what waterfalls there are in Swaledale and Coverdale but again all to be researched and found. Perhaps a trip round all the villages in the dales, such pretty and diverse places, many with a pub and shop. Talking of pubs, what do they say, ‘pub crawl’? Well you could if you liked. Walk all the footpaths in a selected area, we’re still finding paths we haven’t walked on even after being here for nearly fifty years.
I’ll leave you to ponder but if you’d like to stay in this wonderful part of the world you know who to call on 01969 663559 or visit our website Country Hideaways for availability and to book online.
Written By Nadine Bell