Late on Monday afternoon this week I looked at the weather forecast for the coming five days and saw that “good weather” was forecast for the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire.
So I phoned up a B&B we had once stayed at (The Old Town Hall at Redmire) to see if they had a room for the next two nights. As luck would have it, they did. So on Tuesday morning we set out for the Dales at a very leisurely pace.
We stopped off at the excellent farm shop just outside Skipton for coffee and then motored on to Hawes and one of the steepest drops I have ever encountered driving a car. The view from the top was spectacular, well it was when I opened my eyes occasionally to steer the car downwards!
After the obligatory visit to the Hawes Creamery and a snack at a little tea shop in the village we motored onwards to Aysgarth Falls. The river was still in full flow and the falls looked very impressive as I and numerous other “photographers” took advantage of the excellent light and impressive scenery.
We dined that evening at the Bolton Arms in Redmire village, a word of warning though, if you plan to eat here I suggest fasting for two days before hand as the portions are enormous and I ate virtually nothing the following day except for a delicious plate of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast (the best I have EVER tasted) until a light meal in the evening.
Day two saw us drive north to Reeth then wet through Gunnerside, Muker, Thwaite and Keld before veering north westwards to Kirby Stephen via Tan Hill and the famous pub that regularly gets cut off when ever it snows (highest pub in Britain that dates back to the 17th century)). The view from Tan hill is spectacular with the Pennines in one direction and in the distance the outline of the Cumbrian fells of the Lake District.
After stopping in Kirby Stephen for tea we then headed south running alongside the famous Settle to Carlisle railway line, which has just re-opened.
Then eastwards towards Hawes and the ascent of “Buttertubs”, the climb made famous as part of the Tour de France in 2014. On our way up we passed a cyclist attacking the climb and as we paused a little further up for me to take photos I commented to the cyclist as he approached that “Miguel Indurain would be proud of him”. The young man stopped to have a chat and then we both continued on our way. I did manage to get some photographs of him on the ascent and just as he was starting his descent. And you need real nerves to ride at speed as he was doing.
We paid a quick visit to Keld, a wonderful little hamlet with a very pleasant walk to the waterfall and a very impressive building, which turned out to be the Mechanics Institute. Finally back to Redmire, a quick rest and then dinner at 13 Restaurant in Leyburn. Food is excellent but service a little on the slow side.
The following morning we awoke to a glorious blue sky and after another outstanding breakfast (thank you to hosts Louise and David) we made our way back to Golcar in West Yorkshire.
The Dales as ever, never disappoint and no matter how many times you have visited, there are always new things and places to discover. And yes, the weather can be “iffy” at times, but if you are lucky as we were, you will see of the finest scenery this planet has to offer.
Photographs (c) Kindadukish (if the cyclist who I photographed would care to contact me I will be happy to send the photos I took of him free of charge).