Summer Hay Meadows in the Yorkshire Dales

Summer hay meadows, did you say? But it’s December. Quite.

Hay Meadows

But I like to think back to six month’s ago in June and midsummer days because even on the greyest of days, it cheers me up. I remember that sure enough spring appears leading in to those long summer days that I so cherish. Read More »

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Winter walking in all the elements

Sometimes wintery weather does nothing to entice us outside to stretch our legs, and yet at other times it has the greatest appeal. I must admit, I love a good day hike in winter – provided I have all the right clothing and layers on, and am wrapped up to the elements. When crisp, winter days arrive with a morning ground frost and clear sky, the clarity of vision is superb – especially when the leaves from deciduous trees have long since fallen. Hiking in the Yorkshire Dales is a year-round activity for sure, you just need to be prepared.

This scene captures the essence of winter walking in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Winter walking

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Look forward to stargazing at the amazing Dales Dark Skies Festival in February

I have heard it several times from returning guests and a friend who lives locally in Gargrave, the impact of travelling out of the town and the village to Bank Newton and how the stars hit you! There is very much less light pollution here at Newton Grange Farm, and in a similar way, this is the wide appeal of stargazing in the Yorkshire Dales National Park itself.

For a few years the National Park has promoted a Dark Skies Festival coinciding with February Half Term, and happily plans are forming for the Festival in 2021. Head’s up that the dates are 12th – 28th February 2021 and the schedule of events will be forming between now and then. It is worth keeping an eye out on the Yorkshire Dales and Dark Skies websites to find out more.

Dark Skies Festival

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Majestic Malham Cove

It was a week day in September. Schools had just gone back. This felt like a monumental moment this year after the extended closures during the Lockdown and I think we were all glad about it, if a little apprehensive.

Most of the past few months had been our family of four at home, mainly, with me taking on the task of looking after the children round the clock and home-schooling and my husband working at the desk full time, with the occasional break or short lesson and some enjoyable lunchtimes together.

So just being my youngest daughter and I felt suddenly quiet, and we decided to go to Malham and arrive early (entirely possible with the school run starting 10 minutes earlier these days, with staged drop-offs). We were happy to meet my friend and her little boy there and catch up on each other’s school summer holiday times. We took a walk through the village and up to the Cove and had a lovely time. We had the place almost entirely to ourselves, which was wonderful as it does help you to take in the beauty of the place even more.

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Wonderful walking to climb Sharp Haw

Sharp Haw

Climb a hill
Take in the view
Look all around you
From me to you
And breathe in the air
It’s fresh and crisp
Then you can tick
Wonderful Sharp Haw off your list

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Don’t miss Skipton Castle Woods

Skipton Castle Woods

Skipton Castle Woods is a captivating place that we have loved spending time in this autumn. It is so close to the top of town and accessible from it, that it’s quite possible to combine a visit to the High Street’s Eateries with a walk in the woods. Read More »

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Puddle Jumping – One of life’s simple pleasures

When did you last discover the joy of puddle jumping?

Puddle jumping

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Daily Bread

Daily bread.

Daily BreadMany local food and drink businesses are offering vouchers as gifts for those looking to enjoy food and drink together – what better way to support local this Christmas. Read More »

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Expedition or gentle stroll?

Walking in WycollerDo you prefer a mini-expedition or a gentle stroll?

Mini-Expedition

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More cheese please

More Cheese, Gromit?

Wensleydale please. And ginger thrown in – brilliant.

Wensleydale Cheese

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