Yorkshire Dales National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • View from Druid's Temple
    View from Druid's Temple
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    Camping at Fearby.
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  • Fearby village.
    Fearby village.
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    Garsdale, Heading To Sedbergh

    by nickandchris Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    On our route home, travelling west,after Wensleydale we hit Garsdale. This is another Yorkshire valley that follows the Clough river. Much of the year, this is nearly empty but on a wet weekend in winter,it can be pretty spectacular, as you can imagine.
    Garsdale Head is a good place to stop to view the steam trains as they cross the viaduct here.This is the famous Settle to Carlisle line where frequent "specials" run in season.
    Along the valley are a few houses and farms, mostly accessed by their own private bridges. To me, the valley has a closed in feel until you come out onto open moorland and unfenced road about three miles east of Sedbergh. This bit of road,Longstone Fell, is most attractive with a large, extremely pot-holed parking area with a viewpoint looking towards the Howgills. There are one or two more grassy areas to pull off the road. From here there is a minor road leading steeply downhill to the Clough River and the pretty Danny Bridge. There is a footpath, the Sedgwick Trail,(after geologist Adam Sedgwick) running along the river bank and it's an excellent place to picnic. Be careful with children as the river is deep and the banking steep and unguarded.
    Grazing on the open land are shetland ponies which you are warned not to feed.
    This is where we tried out Philip's petrol radio controlled car, across the road on the grass. No ponies present!!

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    Walking in Spectacular Countryside

    by nickandchris Updated Nov 22, 2006

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    We arranged to meet up with Nick's sister and husband during October half term 2003, and decided to stay at Little Cote CL. in Wensleydale. From the site, we set off for a leisurely stroll, or so we thought. Ian was in charge of the map so we left it to him. Louise and Ian had two elderly, plump dogs and this walk involved quite a few stiles which were extremely narrow. We had to laugh as Ian hauled the dogs over the stiles. I wonder whether he would have chosen this route had he known he would end up doing this??

    Anyway, it was a glorious walk, although a little longer than we had hoped and unfortunately, the homeward section was far less interesting than the outward part. (We walked back down the road on the opposite side of the river which was easier for Ian, no stiles!) The highlight for Philip was spearing semi dried cowpats on his stick and flinging them far and wide, not always far enough!!!

    The colours of the trees were beautiful and for late October, it was an incredibly mild day. By the time we arrived back at camp, we were ready to collapse, as were the dogs. Still, it had been a great day out in all the wonderful Yorkshire fresh air and we were very ready for our meal, that evening, which was a barbeque.

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    Tan Hill

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 1, 2006

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    Leave the main road here...

    Off the beaten path as long as it is about getting there, this place is now so famous it is no longer off the beaten path when it comes to visitors. Still, it's not like there's a rush. Hidden on a fell three miles above Keld in Swaledale, this is England's highest located pub and stands on its own out on the moors. Until just a few years ago, it had no mod cons whatsoever and a visit here will show you photos of how man and beast both seek shelter in front of its open fire in winter :))) Nowadays, the owners have a licence to marry people so weddings are popular!

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    Around Fearby

    by nickandchris Updated Mar 9, 2012

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    Part of the Druid's Temple, near Fearby.
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    Yet another weekend spent in North Yorkshire, anyone would think we liked the area!!!This time we chose the tiny village of Fearby as our base, camping on a certificated site on the edge of the village.A great choice as we discovered lots of good rides for the motorbike.

    Fearby itself is a small hamlet 5 miles south west of Bedale and 3 miles west of Masham.It boasts a popular pub and a caravan site, two CL's and some great walking in beautiful countryside. Nearby is the wierdly amazing Druid's Temple, a remarkable folly built by a local in the 1820's.

    We spent a wonderful couple of days in this area, possibly the highlight to forget being losing the back brake on the motorbike descending very steeply into Kettlewell.Ah well, at least we lived to see another day!!

    For more info on this area, please look at my Fearby page.

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    Thornton Rusk

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 1, 2006

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    A place to go to if you want wonderful Wensleydale scenery, this village, climbing a fellside on the southern side of the dale has not much more than a little post office but it is the setting which is fantastic. I wouldn't want to live here on a windy winters afternoon, but on a sunny summers day, this place brings tears to your eyes. You will find the village if instead of going the main road downhill towards Hawes as you leave Aysgarth, you follow the smaller road along the fellside (signposted).

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