Places to eat

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.

Hawes in Upper Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Hawes in Upper Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

A town for all seasons? A total cliché but totally true, come anytime of year and truly immerse yourself in country life and the countryside. Market day every Tuesday, pubs, cafes, restaurants and of course miles upon miles of walking up hill and down dale!

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.

Redmire, Preston under Scar, Lord’s Bridge in Wensleydale

Redmire, Preston under Scar, Lord’s Bridge in Wensleydale

No long hills, easy going, wonderful views, about 6 miles in a circular manner, what more could you want with a walk? We parked in Redmire, there is a designated parking area at the top of the green. From here you’ll see a footpath sign pointing in a northerly direction to the left of the parking area. Take this path and keep going steadily up hill, pass over the railway line (don’t forget to look and listen) and continue on uphill until you reach a road/track and turn right and walk to the end to meet the road.

The Little White Bus in Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

The Little White Bus in Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

My friend Wanda and I thought we’d have an adventure and catch the Little White Bus to Askrigg and then on to Hawes. Wanda, from sunny Scarborough, has stayed in our holiday cottages before and felt like a trip up the dale. So having studied the timetable off we went from West Burton village shop at precisely 10:10. We were soon whisked to Askrigg where we alighted and first stop, not bus stop this time, was Humble Pie for coffee and cake, always excellent and we were made so welcome.

The Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton and Two Glasses of Fizz!

The Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton and Two Glasses of Fizz!

Joanne and I were invited to a really lovely event at the Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton in Wensleydale, a thank you lunch. Around sixty people were there who all offer bed and breakfast or let holiday cottages and who, throughout the year, had helped to promote the Wensleydale Heifer each in their own small way. We were treated to a three course lunch with wine flowing and Joanne and I met some really interesting people, the whole place was a buzz!

Circular walk by Addlebrough, taking in Bainbridge and Askrigg and back to Thornton Rust in Wensleydale

Circular walk by Addlebrough, taking in Bainbridge and Askrigg and back to Thornton Rust in Wensleydale

Another fantastic walk, about ten miles in all, pretty easy going for most of the way and some fabulous views across to Semer Water and the splendour of Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales. Again, take your map for reference as my directions may be quite sparse but will give you a very good idea of the route we took. Stay safe, wear appropriate footwear and clothing, take snacks and water and above all, you know it, enjoy!

Circular walk from Masham, venturing to Hackfall Wood, Grewelthorpe, Nutwith Common Wood and back to Masham

Circular walk from Masham, venturing to Hackfall Wood, Grewelthorpe, Nutwith Common Wood and back to Masham in Nidderdale AONB

For this walk of just over ten miles you really will need your map! OS Landranger 99. We set off on a wonderful autumnal day from Masham, easily parking our cars in the market place. Head off east past the Primary School and follow the track along the river through arable land to a path that goes off to the left. Continue along the river side until you come out onto the road, left again over the bridge and immediately over the bridge take the path to the left to take you along the river side. Keep going along here and you will eventually come to Hackfall Wood.

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!

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.

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