01/07/2014

The Yorkshire Dales

We really fell in love with the Yorkshire Dales on our holiday last week; beautiful countryside, picturesque villages and friendly people (and no rain!). As much as I wish we could have stayed for longer we did manage to fit a lot into our four days. And just to give you an idea, here’s the math...
18 miles walked
2 books read
5 pub dinners, including 3 at the same pub
1 metal duck purchased (she’s named Daisy)
9,568 sheep seen (estimated figure but they were everywhere and surprisingly noisy)
2 National Trust properties visited
10 minutes in a Jacuzzi at the local swimming pool
5 swan feathers collected

As you can see, we spent most of it walking and exploring local villages and pubs! We stayed in the village of Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales National Park at Raines Close Bed and Breakfast, which was only a 2 minute walk from the village centre so great for pubs in the evening. I’d definitely recommend the B&B - yummy breakfasts (the most important thing, let’s face it), clean room, comfy bed and nice views. Their breakfast room overlooking the garden had the best view in the house and you could watch the rabbits and ducks who were regular visitors to the bottom of their garden! The joy of watching ducks over breakfast may have influenced the metal duck purchase listed above. Oops.

Our walks included several around Grassington, a visit to Fountains Abbey (more on that in another post) and walk to Malham Cove, which is a natural limestone cliff with great views and a strange stepping stone-like limestone pavement at the top, fantastic fun to walk and jump across. We printed most of the walks from this website.

As usual I took a lot of pictures, but here are some of my favourites.









Have you ever been to Yorkshire?

15 comments:

  1. Such lovely photos, it makes me want to visit RIGHT NOW! I love how many pub lunches you squeezed in and the fact you got sunshine makes it all the better x

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  2. So glad you liked my new home county! Fountain Abbey is gorgeous and Malham Cove is on my list of places to visit! Next time you must stop by Hebden Bridge for a coffee and a browse in all the independent shops!

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    1. You're very lucky to live there! Will remember Hebden Bridge for next time, thanks! x

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  3. Lovely photos! While I'm a resident of South Yorkshire I visited Grassington in January, as well as several holidays in other areas of the Dales and love it there. So much history and character! x

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    1. Thanks. So true - all of the buildings and streets have so much character! x

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  4. Oh that waterfall looks beautiful.

    Even though with growing up in East Yorkshire, we never really headed to the Dales that often (bar many a trip to Fountains Abbey) we tended, for whatever reason to go more to the Moors. Our GCSE geography study thingymebob was on studying Malham Cove, gorgeous countryside - can never see too many old barns and stone walls.

    Can't wait to see your post on Fountains Abbey - that'll take me right back to the home county!

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    1. Thanks, lucky you growing up so close and visiting Fountains Abbey. Would like to do the Moors too at some point! X

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  5. All wonderful photos - they remind me of our holiday last year; we got engaged at Fountain's Abbey so the Dales will always be special to us!

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    1. Wow congratulations! Great place to visit for all your anniversaries :)

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  6. Eeek! I LOVE THIS. The little 'math summary' is so cute haha, I dunno why but I really enjoyed that and the photos are making me jealous.

    Best wishes, Danielle.
    http://underlandtowonderland.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. I've never been but it looks and sounds beautiful! I love a good pub dinner (or two) when we're on holiday- it's always the perfect ending to a day of long walks xxx

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  8. Such beautiful pictures, I have lived in Yorkshire for a couple of years now and it has so many stunning places that I just didn't expect to see! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.x

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  9. This sounds like fun! Looks so pretty and green. The one time I went to Yorkshire dales it was a bit muddy and gloomy...makes me a little jealous of your weather! :-) x

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