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Aysgarth Falls in the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park

 Aysgarth Falls in the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park

I can’t believe I’ve been writing a blog for so long and haven’t written about Aysgarth Falls. There might have been mention within walks on here but not specifically about the falls. I suppose if you’ve visited the glorious Yorkshire Dales you will know of the falls, if not, indeed, have visited them already! If so you will know what a wonderful sight these can be, whether in dry weather or in wet when in full flood. A great place, in the better weather, to take a picnic and just lay back and listen to water flowing by.

Circular walk up Gunnerside Gill in Swaledale

Circular walk up Gunnerside Gill in Swaledale

Swaledale isn’t a place I’ve often walked, perhaps we feel there are so many lovely walks in Wensleydale that we don’t need to go much further afield. But a couple of friends suggested we did a circular walk up Gunnerside Gill and wow was it different. It was a cold winters morning, fine with light cloud and we made our way to Gunnerside above Reeth. Must just say though we did call in at the bakery in Reeth for scones and treats to munch along the way! There is a little car park just over the bridge in Gunnerside and luckily there was just one space left for us when we arrived.

Annual Swaledale Festival 26 May until 9 June 2018

Annual Swaledale Festival 26 May until 9 June 2018

The annual Swaledale Festival will take place again this year starting on Saturday 26 May and the last performances on Saturday 9 June. It’s always such a fabulous event. This year there will be young stars of the future alongside world-class instrumentalists, singers, actors, choirs, poets, films, exhibitions, talks, workshops, puppets, and a series of themed walks celebrating the magical landscape of the northern Dales.

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.

Introducing Noster's Cottage in Nosterfield, lower Wensleydale

Introducing Noster's Cottage in Nosterfield, lower Wensleydale

We would like to introduce you to Nosters Cottage in Nosterfield to sleep 4, the newest addition to the Country Hideaways family.

This very recent conversion is perfect for couples or families. Upstairs is a spacious open plan room with lounge, fitted kitchen and dining area with the lounge separated by an island unit, while downstairs there are 2 bedrooms and a wet room.

Berry's to Berry's and Lunch!

Berry's to Berry's and Lunch!

You’re on holiday and maybe you feel like just having a shortish walk, with some wonderful views, a bit of a hill to make you think it’s going to do you some good, which it most definitely will, a ‘cuppa’ to start and lunch awaiting at the end, or start with lunch, if you’re late risers and finish with that all important ‘cuppa’ and cake etc!

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.

Grewelthorpe in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty

Grewelthorpe in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty

Grewelthorpe, again where does the name originate from? To quote ‘the name Grewelthorpe derives from the words Gruel and Thorpe, Gruel being a family name and thorpe meaning "outlying farmstead", the village is also mentioned in the Domesday Book when it was known at Torp. Grewelthorpe can be found some three miles south of Masham and six miles from Ripon and is in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty. Beautifully placed to explore the surrounding countryside with plenty of walking to stretch those legs and take in clean, fresh air.

Happy New Year!

Masham Sheep Fair, just one of the many events in 2018

Happy New Year everyone, hope you have an excellent evening no matter where you are! Hope you’re looking forward to 2018, may you enjoy good health, happiness and peace. Talking of next year, lots going on in the dales as always and just waiting for you to come and join in with the fun too. Want to stay in this glorious part of the world, you know who to call on 01969 663559 or book online at Country Hideaways, our cottages.

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