Friday 8 July 2016

A Week in the Yorkshire Dales

I had intended to complete a daily blog but the Wi-Fi connection at our holiday cottage was not good and it took hours to upload the photos for the only blog I managed so these are a selection of photographs from the week. This is our lovely 4 bedroom cottage which has been a barn conversion and the owners had made a first class job of it. 
The conservatory was our dining area and we only managed to sit out for drinks on Thursday evening in beautiful sunshine. Overall the weather was perfect for walking with little or no rain and not too hot. 
An interesting tree house discovered on our Sunday walk 
Ken and Anne 
A bridge over the river Ure dated 1674 
On a day off from walking Gaye and I met this lady and her dogs in the lovely village of West Burton. In our long conversation we discovered she came from Carlisle and her son works for Apple in Cupertino, California very close to where Fraser works for the same company.  
Dinner on Monday evening provided by Peter, Elizabeth & Gaye
Another bridge
Sandria wrestles with a Crocodile
Breakfast on Sunday morning
The toughest walk of the week was in Reeth on Tuesday when we tackled Fremington Edge. This ridge walk had a very steep climb up to it but once on the ridge the views were excellent.
Almost at the top and onto the ridge
Walking along Fremington Edge
The view from the ridge into the valley
Near the end of the walk we defended from Fremington Edge to my cousin Hilary's house called The White House where she had prepared a lovely afternoon tea for all of us with help from Gaye. The house sits at 1000 ft up and it has a large garden with lovely views of Reeth below in the valley.
Our hosts Hilary with her husband John and Grandson Sam in front of The White House
The final walk of the week on Thursday started at the village of West Burton which has been suggested by many people as the nicest village in the Yorkshire dales. It rained all the way to the village but as soon as this photo was taken at the start of the walk the rain stopped and the weather improved dramatically.
Sandria loved these wild Sweet Peas which matched her colours
This walk had 32 of these stiles in the dry stone dykes and they were all in perfect condition and fairly easy to get through.
Being slim like Peter was a distinct advantage
Anne and Ken went through together
Some of the stiles even had stone steps to help you get back into the field
This dairy cow had been trying to get over the fence and it got its foot stuck in the wire. Just as we were about to assist it to get free it managed to release itself much to our relief.
The walk took us past the middle part of Aysgarth Falls
Back in West Burton we contemplated putting John and Peter in the village stocks
Drinks on the patio on Thursday night followed by a nice meal in the Richard III Pub.
We had completed 5 walks with a total of about 38 miles and had been so lucky with perfect walking weather. 

Sunday 3 July 2016

Walking Week in the Dales - Day 1

Our group of walkers gathered at the lovely holiday cottage in Middleham in the Yorkshire Dales. Martin & Aileen are here for a long weekend and will be replaced by Peter & Elizabeth on Monday. 
Middleham Castle where there is a Richard III weekend taking place this weekend. 
Our holiday cottage which is the nicest we have had in all the years we have been holding these walking holidays.
Martin practices his golf in the garden. Tom would certainly approve. We are so missing Tom who has missed this holiday for the first time due to being in hospital. He is back home and on the mend so best wishes to him from all of us. 
Our day 1 walk is a circular walk at Middleham taking in the river Cover and finishing along the Moor Gallops for the many racehorses trained in Middleham.
This week we should cross many bridges.
No photograph in this area should not include the many racehorses trained in the area. Almost as many as the villages population.
This one is almost in the centre of the village.

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