Leyburn

Redmire to Castle Bolton, Dent’s House, Preston under Scar and back

Redmire to Castle Bolton, Dent’s House, Preston under Scar and back to Redmire

I know I keep on saying this but I am still amazed as to how many footpaths I haven’t walked, it’s really quite mind boggling as to how many miles of paths and tracks there are in the glorious Yorkshire dales and Nidderdale and how they intertwine with one another. Make long walks, short walks, whatever length of walk and you could still put in a stretch that’s unwalked although most certainly by many others past and present. Please plan your route beforehand, take the map and perhaps a compass if you’re unsure.

The Sandpiper Inn in Leyburn, Wensleydale

Our walking group decided we should have an evening meal together near to Christmas, as you do, and chose the Sandpiper Inn in Leyburn. None of us having been there for a while felt it was a good opportunity to try the place again. We were not disappointed, from the moment we walked in to leaving. Because there were quite a few of us we had been asked to choose our meal beforehand, from the Christmas menu of course, which didn’t really matter either way as I for one had completely forgotten what it was I had ordered.

The Wensleydale Railway Christmas Events for 2018

The Wensleydale Railway Christmas Events for 2018

There seems to be so much happening on the Wensleydale Railway end of November and into December that I thought it was well worth a mention on its own. Follow the link for full information The Wensleydale Railway but here’s just taster.

Santa calls on 1 December at 12 noon and there after during the afternoon and lots of dates in December until Christmas Eve, so miss him!

Great things happening in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounds in the lead up to Christmas 2018!

Great things happening in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounds in the lead up to Christmas 2018!

There’s always fun and excitement in December, as everywhere, with Christmas trees appearing, along with the usual Christmas decorations. Carols wafting on the breeze as you wander round the towns and just a general hum getting louder as the big day approaches! To get in to the spirit things there are always Christmas markets to be found. Harrogate Christmas Market, always very popular with over two hundred stalls of food and drink, crafts and Christmas gifts. Santa and his reindeers will be making an entrance and there will be a children’s funfair.

Circular Walk from Leyburn, along The Shawl, over Lords Bridge and back to Leyburn in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Circular Walk from Leyburn, along The Shawl, over Lords Bridge and back to Leyburn in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Well, I suppose that just about sums it up, the title that is but what a really lovely walk. Start from Leyburn and follow the sign for The Shawl from Commercial Square. Follow the path along the side the children’s playing field, on through the wood, beware of the exposed tree roots, I nearly came a cropper! Keep going, ignore a footpath descending on the left following the way marker on the high path, keep going until you eventually go down hill to open fields.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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