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East Witton to Colsterdale on to Ellingstring and back to East Witton

East Witton to Colsterdale on to Ellingstring and back to East Witton

This walk is curtesy of Diana Jolland who has compiled a little book of ten circular walks in Wensleydale. You can find the book for sale in the Leyburn Arts and Community Centre in The Old School House. A route to walk after a good dry spell or be prepared for a bit of mud and standing water. A walk of magnificent views into Wensleydale, Colsterdale and Nidderdale.

Wild Walks in Nidderdale launched by Springwatch Star!

Wild Walks in Nidderdale launched by Springwatch Star!

This would seem like a lovely thing to try, wild walking! Lindsey Chapman, the BBC wildlife presenter and Patron of The Wild Watch in Nidderdale AONB, has launched three new Wild Walks. Rather than me typing all the details please follow this link Wild Walks launched by Springwatch Star to find out more and to download the walks.

Walking on Wether Fell above Hawes in Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Walking on Wether Fell above Hawes in Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

The hills above Hawes in upper Wensleydale are places I’ve not really explored in all the time I’ve lived here, can’t really understand why but not for much longer I feel after a wonderful walk around Wether Fell. I joined our walking group to enjoy a different part of this amazing part of the world, for me anyway. Splendid views as we went along high above the world we seemed to be, the wind was blowing and there was soon not a cobweb to be had on our persons, totally exhilarating!

Special Treat at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park near Grewelthorpe

Special Treat at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park near Grewelthorpe

Joanne and I were invited to join the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for their Supporters Lunch at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park at The Hutts near Grewelthrope which we accepted with great pleasure. The last time I visited here was in 2011, I think, and a lot has changed since then. Our day started with more information about the work of the YDMT of which we wholeheartedly support and which some of you have very kindly donated towards over the years. Do please keep on donating to this very worthy charity.

Lunch with the girls at the Aysgarth Falls Hotel!

Lunch with the girls at the Aysgarth Falls Hotel!

We had a very nice lunch at the Aysgarth Falls Hotel in Aysgarth, Wensleydale the other day. The hotel hasn’t been known by this name for very long as before it was always Palmer Flatt Hotel, or Palmer. Forty and fifty or so years ago it was the meeting place in the dales, if you hadn’t been to Palmer on a Saturday night you just hadn’t been out! Many romances and future partners developed here, my own included and probably still do!

‘Tis the season for festivals and agricultural shows in the dales!

‘Tis the season for festivals and agricultural shows in the dales!

It would seem so, 14 July saw the Hawes and District Gala, plus the Party in the Park held at Catterick Racecourse following a very successful first event in 2017, the Leyburn 1940’s weekend 21 and 22 July, Richmond Live 3 and 4 August, GeorgeFest 18 until 27 August, Leyburn Agricultural Show on 25 August and Reeth Show 27 August. Kilnsey Show 28 August and the Nidderdale Show 24 September marking the last of the year’s agricultural shows just a few of the events going on in the dales.

The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate 10 until 12 July 2018

The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate 10 until 12 July 2018

The Great Yorkshire Show has been held in Harrogate annually since 1838 making this year’s the 160th. No wonder it’s such a popular and long standing event with over 1200 trade stands and 2000 competitions, enough to keep anyone amused for three days or more! The finest livestock are brought here to be judged including cattle, sheep, pigs and pigeons. If you’re into tractors and agricultural machinery you won’t be disappointed, this is where the latest state of the are machinery is showcased and displayed.

Leyburn 1940’s Weekend - 21 and 22 July 2018

Leyburn 1940’s Weekend - 21 and 22 July 2018

We’re all getting very excited about the next annual event coming up in Leyburn, Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales on 21 and 22 July 2018 which is the Leyburn 1940’s Weekend! Held in the market place, Thornborough Hall and throughout the town, there’ll be fun, laughter, music, singing, dancing, stalls, military vehicles, vintage cars, farm machinery. This annual event, now in its 11th year, is not only a great day out but educational too and an important reminder of what happened in late 30’s and 40’s.

Dales Festival of Food & Drink 2018 Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June!

Dales Festival of Food & Drink 2018 Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June!

Did you know that since 2002 the Dales Festival of Food and Drink held in Leyburn has generated surplus funds of over £154,000 which has been distributed to local community organisations around the dales. Organised by the Leyburn & Mid-Wensleydale Partnership Ltd we can say a large thank you to them and also for all their hard work in making this event such a superb and varied affair along with the support of local businesses in and around Leyburn, volunteers and members of the Partnership itself.

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.

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