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Circular walk to Buckden Pike in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales

Circular walk to Buckden Pike in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales

Another great walk, with simply sensational views, and again it’s a walk I’ve never ventured on before, about nine and a half miles the way we went. Please do take your map for reference, OL30, and remember that even if it’s lovely and warm in the valley bottom it may be freezing cold when you reach the top. We seemed to be going the opposite way to everyone else so you can choose which way to go round. We parked in Buckden Yorkshire Dales National Park car park, parking charge here £4.50 for the day and set off on a stunning spring morning along the Dales Way to Starbotton.

Walk from Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales, venturing up Whernside and back

Walk from Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales, venturing up Whernside and back

Walking up Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales was definitely a first for me. A small group of us set off to scale the heights in early spring on quite a windy day with occasional low cloud covering the tops which just as soon appeared disappeared again. The path was well made up with plenty of sign posts, and large flag stones to walk on for part of the way. We went in an anti-clockwise direction, an easier route, but for a more challenging walk do it the other way round. Just over eight miles start to finish with superb views every step of the way.

Circular Walk from West Witton to Penhill Beacon and Trig Point in Wensleydale

Circular Walk from West Witton to Penhill Beacon and Trig Point in Wensleydale

My friend Denny and I have been walking the Yorkshire Dales together more than usual just lately (Den is the one in the picture) we’re in training to attempt the National Three Peaks, Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike, and Mount Snowdon, beginning of June but what better training ground than in the glorious Yorkshire Dales and this time walking to the top of Penhill.

The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn, Wensleydale

The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn, Wensleydale

Have you been to The Garden Rooms yet for lunch? To be found in Leyburn at Tennants. Next time you’re here make a date. For something special try the restaurant, always best book, or after a walk in the hills perhaps a bite to eat in the café or afternoon tea even. Geoff and I went there a couple of weeks ago, we can’t resist always a good experience, food delicious, nice atmosphere and there’s usually an exhibition going on upstairs and if you come on a Friday its viewing day in next doors auctions rooms or on a Saturday there is almost always a sale.

Our cottages in Walden dale in the Yorkshire Dales

Our cottages in Walden dale in the Yorkshire Dales

For the last couple of weeks Joanne and I have been visiting the cottages for their annual inspection by the VisitEngland assessor. Not all cottages are inspected every year but this year first on the list was Grange House and Hill Top Cottage in Walden.

Up to 20% discount over the Easter Break!

Up to 20% discount over the Easter Break!

It's not too late to come away for the Easter break and with selected cottages offering discounts why wait any longer to book! Find out more about our Special Offers over the Easter Break here. Sleeping from two to five people, some with woodburning stoves and open fires, some to welcome pets. Short breaks available too!

Flowers of the Dales Festival - March until October 2018

Flowers of the Dales Festival - March until October 2018

This year will be the 10th anniversary of this wonderful festival which celebrates everything amazing about the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area, wild life, wild flowers, ancient woodlands, moors and valleys which help to form one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Aysgarth Falls in the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park

 Aysgarth Falls in the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park

I can’t believe I’ve been writing a blog for so long and haven’t written about Aysgarth Falls. There might have been mention within walks on here but not specifically about the falls. I suppose if you’ve visited the glorious Yorkshire Dales you will know of the falls, if not, indeed, have visited them already! If so you will know what a wonderful sight these can be, whether in dry weather or in wet when in full flood. A great place, in the better weather, to take a picnic and just lay back and listen to water flowing by.

Circular walk up Gunnerside Gill in Swaledale

Circular walk up Gunnerside Gill in Swaledale

Swaledale isn’t a place I’ve often walked, perhaps we feel there are so many lovely walks in Wensleydale that we don’t need to go much further afield. But a couple of friends suggested we did a circular walk up Gunnerside Gill and wow was it different. It was a cold winters morning, fine with light cloud and we made our way to Gunnerside above Reeth. Must just say though we did call in at the bakery in Reeth for scones and treats to munch along the way! There is a little car park just over the bridge in Gunnerside and luckily there was just one space left for us when we arrived.

Annual Swaledale Festival 26 May until 9 June 2018

Annual Swaledale Festival 26 May until 9 June 2018

The annual Swaledale Festival will take place again this year starting on Saturday 26 May and the last performances on Saturday 9 June. It’s always such a fabulous event. This year there will be young stars of the future alongside world-class instrumentalists, singers, actors, choirs, poets, films, exhibitions, talks, workshops, puppets, and a series of themed walks celebrating the magical landscape of the northern Dales.

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