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Four Villages Walk from West Burton in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

St Andrew's Church in Aysgarth, Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales

Well, I hate to say it, but I’ve never done this before, been on these footpaths and through these villages many, many times but never all in one walk! Set off from West Burton, you can park at the waterfall area or park on the road by the green. Whatever you do you must have a peep at the Cauldron Falls, such a pretty waterfall. Go over the packhorse bridge here, known as Blue Bridge and make your way up the steps and follow sign to Barrack Wood. Pause in the wood awhile to see what wild flowers you can find and gaze on the views across to Bolton Castle and to Carperby.

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.

Circular Walk from West Witton in Wensleydale

Circular Walk from West Witton looking toward the North York Moors

What a lovely walk the other day, easy going, panoramic views, river side walking, wildlife, seemed to have everything going for it. Start from West Witton in Wensleydale, we parked in the large layby on the east side if the village by the A684, walk up to the bus stop and take the track to the right. Quickly leave this and take the footpath to the right. Continue on until the walled section finishes through a couple more fields then veer round to the left to join the footpath coming from Wensley.

Gifts to celebrate and support the Yorkshire Dales

Gifts to celebrate and support the Yorkshire Dales

Christmas is nearly upon us and sometimes it can be so difficult to find that perfect present, why not buy something from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust? They are a small charity doing big things in the Yorkshire Dales and any thing you buy will go towards vital projects that will protect and enhance the environment, landscape and people of the Dales.

Lime Kilns, Waterfalls, Footpaths, Villages………….

Cauldron Falls in West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales

I was speaking to someone the other day, as you do, and he was telling me that his project of the moment was to try and find all the lime kilns in Swaledale, Wensleydale and Coverdale. Apparently there are hundreds and he has found three hundred and fifty up to press and taken photographs along the way. He did say a lot, if not most, were not on a footpath or public rights of way so I didn’t feel inspired to follow in his footsteps, as it were.

West Burton Bonfire and Firework Display!

West Burton Bonfire and Firework Display!

Were you there? If you weren’t you missed a very special evening. There seemed to be even more people attending than before, I may be mistaken, and the bonfire was a great blaze. After fourteen years of organising this event Andrew and Keren have passed the work on to someone else, but what a finale they put on. The fireworks were just breath taking, I’m sure better than ever and our grandchildren couldn’t stop saying ‘Wow’ and ‘Amazing’ as they do.

Thornton Rust in Wensleydale, the Yorkshire Dales

Thornton Rust in Wensleydale, the Yorkshire Dales

Thornton Rust, where does that name come from? Apparently the village was mentioned in the Doomsday Book and you can find out more on Wikipedia. A peaceful village with small greens in front of most of the cottages, a linear village looking down towards the river Ure on its way through Wensleydale. Some six miles from the upper Wensleydale market town of Hawes and a couple of miles west of Aysgarth, famous for its magnificent waterfalls.

The Return of the Salmon to Walden Beck, West Burton

The Return of the Salmon to Walden Beck

Every year in October for many, many years the salmon have travelled along their demanding route upstream from the sea to Walden Beck, when they get to West Burton they are nearly at their journeys end but there is just one last big obstacle to conquer, the Cauldron Falls. The water flow needs to be just right for them to scale this pretty waterfall, not too dry and not too much in flood. Where they actually spawn I don’t know, only that it’s past West Burton further upstream into Walden. Walden Head is where the beck eventually reaches its source.

Parkrun every Saturday at Fountains Abbey. Getting ready for the off!

Parkrun every Saturday at Fountains Abbey!

Are you a ‘parkrunner’? Have you heard of parkrun? I didn’t until just a little while ago when my daughter Joanne started entering into the spirit of parkrun. She now takes the grandchildren and they all love it! If you’re a seasoned parkrunner then have you joined the one at Fountains Abbey near Ripon? A picturesque route, running in the ancient grounds of Fountains Abbey with the abbey nearly always in sight.

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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