Wensleydale

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.

From Hawes into Cotterdale and the Pennine Way, two viaducts and a waterfall!

Hawes into Cotterdale and the Pennine Way, two viaducts and a waterfall!

On what turned out to be the perfect January day we set off from Hawes in a north westerly direction. A beautiful circular walk, just over ten miles with a good climb from Thwaite bridge. We saw a train going over Ribblehead Viaduct in the distance to the west and to the east at one point Wether Fell, Addlebrough and Penhill were all visible looking down Wensleydale, a total treat. Again, I cannot stress enough to plan your route, take your map for guidance, a compass is always a good companion, take water etc and snacks and always wear suitable clothing and good footwear.

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 Fabulous Swaledale Festival coming up 25 May to 8 June 2019

The Fabulous Swaledale Festival coming up 25 May to 8 June 2019

Again an amazing programme to enjoy for fifteen exciting days in May and early June not only in Swaledale but Wensleydale too, Richmond Georgian Theatre, local churches and other local venues and villages. Some of the highlights include the legendary flamenco guitarist PACO PEÑA will play solo in Grinton Church. The phenomenal cellist SHEKU KANNEH-MASON will perform chamber music with his talented siblings and friends from the Royal Academy of Music. The great violinist TASMIN LITTLE will perform a solo recital and give a masterclass.

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!

The Yoredale Way, an interesting walking trail in the wondrous Yorkshire Dales

The Yoredale Way, an interesting walking trail in the wondrous Yorkshire Dales

Someone rang the other day to book a holiday, as you lovely people tend to do, in fact it was two Country Hideaways holidays, two consecutive weeks to be precise. The first week was in Lion Cottage in Bainbridge and the second at Holly Tree Cottage in East Witton.

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