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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.

Lofthouse to Scar House Reservoir in Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Lofthouse to Scar House Reservoir in Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

What a truly wonderful walk. Was it the weather? Was it the terrain? Was it the fantastic views? All these things made this walk quite special. It’s been years since I’ve walked in upper Nidderdale, I’d nearly forgotten how beautiful it can be. Right at the top where the lush grass changes to moorland we set off on our, albeit ten mile, walk. We parked just at the side of the road on Trapping Hill before Lofthouse, we came over from Masham, and followed the footpath to Middlesmoor and beyond.

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.

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.

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!

The Work of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

The Work of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

As mentioned in a previous email we were invited to a Supporters Lunch at the Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and as you can imagine there was a brief talk about the work of this small charity. Joanne and I, and as I’m sure perhaps a lot of you would think, that they just raise money to plant trees, this as we found out is not the case at all, find out more here https://www.ydmt.org/how-we-work.

Galphay in Nidderdale an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Galphay in Nidderdale an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Galphay is a pretty little village of about seventy houses, some clustered around the large village green. The village boasts a pub, The Galphay Inn, and village hall. You'll find The Galphay Inn a welcoming place with hand pulled real ales, a varied menu, Thursday night is steak night and various little happenings through the week. Find out more at https://www.galphayinn.com/ Annual events in the village include Open Gardens and Summer Market, village BBQ and celebrating Yorkshire Dales.

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.

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