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Leyburn, a small market town in Wensleydale, the Yorkshire Dales

Leyburn, a small market town in Wensleydale, the Yorkshire Dales

Leyburn, a popular market town, can be found luxuriating on the hill above the River Ure and has magnificent views of Wensleydale. Walk along The Shawl footpath to experience these to the full, quite, quite breath taking. Structurally it hasn’t changed much at all for many, many years but yet the town and it’s custodians always manage to keep it up to date and interesting. Market day is held every Friday, visit the pretty Anglican church of St Matthew’s and the Catholic church of St Peter and St Paul, enjoy great food in the numerous café’s dotted around the square, quite a few pubs too.

Walk from Coverbridge Inn near Middleham, lower Wensleydale

Walk from Coverbridge IInn near Middleham, lower Wensleydale

Who knows how far we walked, some said seven miles, some six miles so we’ll call it six and half miles, all flat going, and really very, very pleasant. Lovely views to enjoy and walking on the sunny side of the dale! Park in the Cover Bridge Inn car park, no restrictions and set off in the direction of East Witton over the bridge. Immediately over the bridge take the footpath on the left and walk along the riverside. Couldn’t see any wild life, perhaps it was too cold and everything was staying in doors, but there were geese honking nearby although we couldn’t see them.

Introducing Noster's Cottage in Nosterfield, lower Wensleydale

Introducing Noster's Cottage in Nosterfield, lower Wensleydale

We would like to introduce you to Nosters Cottage in Nosterfield to sleep 4, the newest addition to the Country Hideaways family.

This very recent conversion is perfect for couples or families. Upstairs is a spacious open plan room with lounge, fitted kitchen and dining area with the lounge separated by an island unit, while downstairs there are 2 bedrooms and a wet room.

Berry's to Berry's and Lunch!

Berry's to Berry's and Lunch!

You’re on holiday and maybe you feel like just having a shortish walk, with some wonderful views, a bit of a hill to make you think it’s going to do you some good, which it most definitely will, a ‘cuppa’ to start and lunch awaiting at the end, or start with lunch, if you’re late risers and finish with that all important ‘cuppa’ and cake etc! Start at Berry’s Farm Shop and Café in Swinithwaite in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales just off the A684, plenty of parking here, and when you’re ready make your way out to the road and turn right.

Tour de Yorkshire, Stage 3, Richmond to Scarborough Saturday 5 May!

Tour de Yorkshire, Stage 3, Richmond to Scarborough Saturday 5 May!

There’ll be great excitement again at the beginning of May when the Tour de Yorkshire comes to the dales. Stage One and Two are in south and west Yorkshire but on Saturday 5 May the peloton will be setting of from Richmond market place to attempt the 184 kms ending up in Scarborough. The route will take them into Wensleydale through Leyburn then out into the Vale of York and to Morton on Swale and on to Northallerton and Thirsk with the task of riding up oh so long and steep Sutton Bank in the North York Moors to Scarborough on the coast.

Grewelthorpe in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty

Grewelthorpe in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty

Grewelthorpe, again where does the name originate from? To quote ‘the name Grewelthorpe derives from the words Gruel and Thorpe, Gruel being a family name and thorpe meaning "outlying farmstead", the village is also mentioned in the Domesday Book when it was known at Torp. Grewelthorpe can be found some three miles south of Masham and six miles from Ripon and is in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty. Beautifully placed to explore the surrounding countryside with plenty of walking to stretch those legs and take in clean, fresh air.

Happy New Year!

Masham Sheep Fair, just one of the many events in 2018

Happy New Year everyone, hope you have an excellent evening no matter where you are! Hope you’re looking forward to 2018, may you enjoy good health, happiness and peace. Talking of next year, lots going on in the dales as always and just waiting for you to come and join in with the fun too. Want to stay in this glorious part of the world, you know who to call on 01969 663559 or book online at Country Hideaways, our cottages.

Four Villages Walk from West Burton in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

St Andrew's Church in Aysgarth, Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales

Well, I hate to say it, but I’ve never done this before, been on these footpaths and through these villages many, many times but never all in one walk! Set off from West Burton, you can park at the waterfall area or park on the road by the green. Whatever you do you must have a peep at the Cauldron Falls, such a pretty waterfall. Go over the packhorse bridge here, known as Blue Bridge and make your way up the steps and follow sign to Barrack Wood. Pause in the wood awhile to see what wild flowers you can find and gaze on the views across to Bolton Castle and to Carperby.

Humble Pie in Askrigg in Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Elizabeth and Betty at Humble Pie in Askrigg

Humble Pie, where does the name come from? When I’m next in Askrigg I’ll call in and ask Elizabeth and Betty. Mother and daughter team have returned to their little shop, Elizabeth opening it first of all in 1999 when Betty was just 10 months old, closing in 2004. The building coming available once again and luckily for us all they opened in partnership in April of this year.

Circular Walk from West Witton in Wensleydale

Circular Walk from West Witton looking toward the North York Moors

What a lovely walk the other day, easy going, panoramic views, river side walking, wildlife, seemed to have everything going for it. Start from West Witton in Wensleydale, we parked in the large layby on the east side if the village by the A684, walk up to the bus stop and take the track to the right. Quickly leave this and take the footpath to the right. Continue on until the walled section finishes through a couple more fields then veer round to the left to join the footpath coming from Wensley.

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