At very short notice took off for the Yorkshire Dales with the intention of enjoying a 48 hour break and particularly as the weather forecast for the two days in question was pretty good.
First stopping off point on the journey was Knaresborough and a visit to the 12th century castle (or what remains of it) with wonderful views along the River Nidd and particularly the view of the railway bridge across the river. Then time for a quick coffee before moving on.
Bedale was the next port of call, a small market town dating back to the Domesday Book………very enjoyable lunch at a local café, which served very substantial portions, as you would expect in Yorkshire.
Back on the road and the next port of call was Aysgarth Falls and because of all the rain we have had the river was in full flow making the falls look even more impressive. A quick visit to the café for afternoon tea and scone with jam and clotted cream…………..
Back on the road and along the A684 to Hawes before turning right to make the ascent of the famous Buttertubs Pass (this will be part of the route for the 2014 Tour de France route in Yorkshire) and then down into Swaledale and eventual destination of Reeth, a village about 11 miles west of Richmond in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire. It is considered to be the principal settlement of upper Swaledale.
Reeth is a meeting place for walkers, cyclists and touring cars and the large village green is surrounded by cafes, pubs and various other little shops.
Evening was spent in the Buck Inn (on the green) where substantial amounts of food and local beer was consumed.
Day 2 was a journey back over the hills to Askrigg. Driving along the road back to Muker I was taken aback by the amount of water in the fields, at one stage it looked as though the Lake District had been transplanted to the Dales
The a left turn along a narrow “road” a word that needs to be used very loosely here as in parts is was virtually a dirt track.
However, the views from the top were stunning despite the clouds that were rolling across the hills……….of course, out came the camera to take a substantial number of photos.
The journey continued on to Hawes and a visit to the Hawes Creamery and Cheese making centre (made famous by Nick Parks animated cartoon characters Wallace and his famous sidekick Gromit)………….for coffee and purchase of some excellent Coverdale and Wensleydale cheeses and six bottles of locally produced beers.
Final leg of the journey was a quick visit to Grassington for refreshments and then back home to Golcar.