Lots to see and do
poor public transport, houses too expensive for me today :(
God's Own County - so the locals will tell you!
In the north-west corner of the excellent Ingleton Waterfalls Trail you'll find Thornton Force,a delightful waterfall formed as the River Twiss cascades 14 metres over a limestone cliff -it inspired the great artist William Turner and I'm sure it'll inspire you as well :)Below a link to the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail...more
This is a beautiful garden to visit and a great day out.Originally we were going to visit Thorp Perrow Arboretum, just a few miles away from the site we were staying on but as we had a two for the price of one voucher for Newby Hall, it made better economic sense to go there.The drive is impressive enough but the hall and gardens are something...more
Jervaulx Abbey comes as a pleasant surprise, not over-hyped or full of forbidding notices. It is actually on private land and admission is by honesty box.It is reputedly the second largest privately owned cistercian church in the UK.Parking is across the road outside the tearooms.The ruins sit in beautifully kept park-like grounds, cultivated and...more
Our Easter break 2011 was spent in Wensleydale, on a small site in the village of Thornton Steward, between Leyburn and Bedale.We were booked on to a 5 van only site which was well off the beaten track and completely away from any roads. The site offered perfect peace and quiet with stunning views to the Jervaulx valley.We had looked at visiting...more
Another waterfall we couldn't miss, just off the Pennine Way, in ideal conditions.This fall is walked to from the village of Hardraw, north of Hawes. You have to enter through the Green Dragon Pub and pay an entry fee as the grounds belong to them. It is a short walk along a paved path, passing an arena type area where the annual brass band concert...more
West Witton, Yorkshire Dales National Park DL8 4LS, England
Good for: Solo
2 minutes walk down the road from our B & B (Kilnsey Old Hall) was this wonderful place to eat. The Tennants Arms is a hotel/pub/restaurant on the main road of Kilnsey. The pub is a large traditional country pub with beamed ceilings and original fireplaces. There are several rooms. The food was excellent. They have a imaginative and varied menu...more
Before we all ventured out to the Abbey itself, it was "tea time". We ( Hans and I, June (poons), Sue (Suet), Angie (Angiebabe) and Sue (Suvanki ) headed for THE TEA COTTAGE and took an outside table at the Tea Terrace, overlooking the wonderful Bolton Abbey Priory. We all had our "pot o' tea" and scones with creamy butter and jam. I also had some...more
There are many pubs and restaurants in the Yorkshire Dales but one worthy of mention is the Cross Keys Inn at Cautley on the western edge of the Dales -- it's actually now in Cumbria due to government boundary changes.The inn dates back to the mid-17th century and is a temperance inn -- this status followed an incident around 100 years ago when the...more
Car is the best means for getting around the Dales but failing that, there are more buses than you think, especially summertime. Hubs outside the park like Richmond, Harrogate, Ripon and Skipton have buses to interesting places, sometimes involving just a corresponding change somewhere like Leyburn. The website below will give you all the times you...more
The best way to see the Yorkshire Dales is by car, but you can get to places of interest by bus or train -- the following information is taken from the official Yorkshire Dales website :-By RailLeeds, York, Darlington and Lancaster/Oxenholme on the edges of the Dales are all served by frequent express train services from all parts of the UK,...more
This 22 mile stretch of railway has recently been re-opened by the local community. 18 miles of it are by train, from Redmire to Leeming Bar and the last few (or first ,depending which way you take the journey) are by bus to Northallerton which joins the main East Coast line.The first train ran in July 2003, some 50 years after the line had...more
Swaledale Woollens is a place where your average knitted sweater or cardigan costs quite a bit more than at Poundstretcher. To justify this, you get little tags on each garment, telling you who actually knitted it and what yarn she used! It could say something like "Mrs Robinson of Richmond knitted this of murano wool" for instance. Not that all...more
There are sheep dog trials and shows in the Dales every summer. You can see dogs in action at the farm shows in Muker and Reeth in Swaledale in spring and autumn, but there are also shows in Hawes once a week summertime. Check with the tourist offices to see the times during your visit. There are also posters all over Hawes' shops in summer.more
The Yorkshire Dales was a centre for lead mining already in Roman days, but had its peak in the 18th and 19th century on the desolate fellsides above the dales themselves. It must have been awful to work the mines and get lead poisoned bit by bit whilst your family squeezed together in a tiny and cold cottage somewhere in the area. As the use of...more
I say this now so that you are prepared (and this is true for most people I know)...the Yorkshire Dales are very addictive. Once you've seen them, you will want to come again and again and in fact, you will feel like uprooting there and then and move all your belongings to Bishopdale...or Swaledale...or Wensleydale...or...more
Because of public transport, you're often better off driving yourself in Yorkshire - especially the Dales. Just bear in mind that driving conditions are special here. For a start, most roads are fairly narrow country lanes and again this is especially true for the national park areas. Secondly, those roads often have either hedgerows (in the Vale...more
491 Reviews and Opinions
I know Hardraw Force is in the grounds of the Green Dragon Pub but I still think having to pay £2 a head to see a natural feature is a bit steep.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy every last minute. Actually, it was a bit annoying because bridges and footpaths were closed so there was only one route to walk.
You can always have a damn good moan to each other, as we did! I know, we are really tight with money!!!!
Fun Alternatives: There is no alternative if you want to see the fall. In times gone by, we had actually accessed the footpath from the churchyard but we noticed fences had been errected since our last visit. Was this God's handiwork??
A small rucksack if you're doing some walking. Walking shoes / boots, wet-weather clothes, warm-weather clothes -- this is England, the climate is changeable ! Available locally Definitely bring your camera and spare batteries / memory card if it's digital. A good map and guide are essential, there's so much to see in the Yorkshire Dales --...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
There are lots of alternatives for those who want to walk in the Dales. The most famous paths to go through the park are the Coast to Coast walk, and the Pennine Way. The Coast to Coast walk enters Yorkshire from Cumbria up in Swaledale in the north and you follow that dale to Richmond at its lower end. The Pennine Way follows the Pennine Hills...more
Oh yes, extreme sports! hahaha!!!There is a little book which describes a pub walk in the Yorkshire Dales. You walk from pub to pub, sleep and eat (and drink!) there.Our friend and my beloved will do this walk someday. Mostly because the furthest pub is only 15 miles from the friend's home so the wife can pick them up anytime if the going gets too...more
Monday, September 8, 2008The YORKSHIRE DALES is a special place. Established in 1954, the Park has breathtaking, dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife and rich cultural heritage. Covering an area of 1,762 square kilometres (680 miles), the National Park is located in the North of England and straddles the central Pennines in the counties of North...more
To me, the most peaceful and serene part of Bolton Abbey was THE GRAVEYARD. Many date back hundreds of years.I googled Bolton Priory Graveyard and came across the website "Mostly Haunted" which tells of a ghost story about Bolton Priory. It's as follows:"It is quite common for many ruined abbeys in the country to claim to have a ghost of a monk or...more
Founded in 1151 by the Augustinian Order. BOLTON ABBEY PRIORY was built on the banks of the River Wharfe, on land which was given to the order in 1154 by Lady Alice de Romille of Skipton Castle.In the early 14th century, Scottish raiders caused the temporary abandonment of the site and serious structural damage to the Priory. The nave of the Abbey...more