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Middleham in Wensleydale, the Yorkshire Dales

Middleham in Wensleydale

Now famous for its racehorses, although they been based here for 300 years, Middleham has been in existence since the Roman era and the castle which dominates the town, from 1190. We’ve all heard of Richard III, he became master of the castle in 1472 and it was his favourite home, having visited since 1462 learning the skills of knighthood, until 1485 when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth.

Hard at work! West Burton village cross

Hard at work! West Burton village cross

Couldn't resist capturing these two hard at work on the village cross when walking down the green in West Burton. The village cross was originally built in 1820 and I would think has seen many changes in the inhabitants of the village, look out for the stocks on the east side, you can try them for size if you like! Follow the path that runs across the green here and see if you can find the bull ring, now disused of course but exposed as a remainder of past times.

April in West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales

April in West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales

5th April and it's a lovely sunny morning, again, good to be out walking here in West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales, can see for miles. Come and join us, we'd love to see you. Stay in one of our lovely cottages, bring family or friends, bring the dog, or just be together! Call me, Nadine, or my daughter, Joanne for friendly help and advice or if you're sure you know which cottage you would like to stay in, book online. We are here to help if you need us though, 01969 663559 or email info@countryhideaways.co.uk

Walking in Wensleydale, Leyburn to Harmby and back

Walking in Wensleydale, Leyburn to Harmby and back

It never ceases to amaze how many footpaths there are that I still haven’t walked in the glorious Yorkshire Dales and even just in Wensleydale, our last walking group walk was definitely no exception! We set off from Leyburn and took a circuitous route via Harmby and finished up at the newly refurbished Posthorn in the market place.

It must be spring in the Yorkshire Dales!

Spring is officially here at last and of course we are on British Summer time, somewhat confusing and contradictory. In The Dales over the last few days we have had beautiful sunny days with clear blue skies from dawn to dusk, occasionally spoilt by early morning mist but atmospheric and dew dropping if nothing else. The dawn chorus is getting louder and longer each day and there is more than a hint of romance in the avian air. A swallow’s nest from last year hangs under the eaves of our house and is currently being spring cleaned and refurbished with wisps of dried grass and straw.

The Dales Festival of Food and Drink 17 and 18 June 2017 in Leyburn Market Place

The Dales Festival of Food and Drink 17 and 18 June 2017 in Leyburn Market Place

The Dales Festival of Food and Drink is coming up in June, a celebration of the very best the Yorkshire Dales has to offer held the large market place in Leyburn. Now a free event, please park at Tennants and let the shuttle buses take you into town.

Exciting things happening in Leyburn for 2017

Exciting things happening in Leyburn for 2017

Dates for your dairy! Annual events in Leyburn, don’t miss, book your holiday with us and experience to the full.

West Burton in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

West Burton in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

I wondered if perhaps it might be a good idea to focus on individual villages in the Yorkshire Dales and venturing further to Nidderdale even and look more closely as to what each has, a bit of history (if possible!) maybe even some statistics! Might take a little research but should be possible.

Flowers of the Dales Festival - March until October 2017

Flowers of the Dales Festival - March until October 2017

This year there are over 120 events taking place between March and the end of October including walks, talks, arts and crafts, family activities, conservation days and photography workshops. An exciting collection of activities inspired by nature here in the Yorkshire Dales.

Walking along Eastfield Lane from West Burton to Thoralby

Walking along Eastfield Lane in between West Burton and Thoralby

A wonderful February day, too good to miss not walking out. An easy walk, just for an hour, setting off from West Burton to Eshington Bridge and along Eastfield Lane, known locally as Spickles Lane, to come out at Thoralby. Here you can go down Goose Lane and over the little footbridge and return walking on the road or take a longer route, not a lot further, and walk to Newbiggin in Bishopdale and return across the fields. Wonderful views at every step and back in plenty of time for tea!

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