Places to eat

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!

Remember to visit Bedale whilst you’re here in the Yorkshire Dales

Remember to visit Bedale whilst you’re here in the Yorkshire Dales

Bedale a lovely Georgian market town with cobbled setts and interesting architecture. There are independent shops, walks along the river, bowling green, small museum at Bedale Hall, a park, golf course, and St Gregory’s, a very beautiful church. Market day is Tuesday so make a date!

Looking for somewhere to stay in Masham?

Looking for somewhere to stay in Masham? Badgers Holt just one of our lovely cottages

If you haven't visited Masham before you don't know what you're missing and if you have maybe it's time you returned for another visit! We have 8 properties in Masham (soon to be 9) ranging in size from 1 bedroom apartments sleeping 2, to 4 bedroom houses sleeping 6 and some welcome dogs too.

The Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton, Wensleydale plus Complimentary glass of Fizz!

The Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton, Wensleydale plus Complimentary glass of Fizz!

What a lovely lunch we had at The Wensleydale Heifer the other day. Delicious food, friendly, helpful staff and great surroundings with the bar, the snug, the bistro and, for a more formal meal, the restaurant, with each having their own different atmosphere where you can enjoy your meal. The menu was so extensive we had difficulty choosing although, for us, time was short so we plumped for soup with crusty bread and we were not disappointed. If you have time, as you will when on holiday, why not walk afterwards or before your meal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visit Masham, an interesting town of the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale AONB

Visit Masham, an interesting town of the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale AONB

Have you ever visited Masham? Situated just on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it’s a visit not to be put off any longer! If you’ve been you’ll know all about the delights to be found here, nearby and otherwise. Artisan shops, pubs, eating houses, a couple of breweries, galleries, two weekly markets and all well within a comfortable five or ten minute walk from one of our cottages. Park in the market square if you’re a little further out and have a stroll or bring your walking boots and set off along the side of the River Ure.

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