Attermire Scar

We are just home from one of the best bank holiday weekends we’ve had in a long time. We spent three nights in Austwick on the North Yorkshire/Lancashire border, aiming to spend the weekend exploring the Forest of Bowland, after finding it almost completely deserted last August bank holiday. On our final morning, rather thanContinue reading “Attermire Scar”

Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay was voted Britain’s most beautiful beach by The Times and it’s not hard to see why. The sweeping stretch of sandy beach is overlooked by a cluster of red roofed cottages, perched at the bottom of the cliff, with seagulls swooping overhead and the occasional fossil waiting to be discovered. We’d been toContinue reading “Runswick Bay”

Gargrave and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The weather forecast for Bank Holiday Monday was for a beautiful sunny day, so we decided to head down to Gargrave for a nice easy stroll along the Pennine Way, before heading back along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. This walk can be completed as a short circuit of about three and a half milesContinue reading “Gargrave and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal”

Stoodley Pike & Withens Clough Reservoir

Generally, we don’t venture out of North Yorkshire for our day trips. We don’t need to: we’ve got the Dales to our left, the Moors to the right (I think there’s a song there somewhere), and if that wasn’t enough the Yorkshire Wolds offer a slightly gentler option to the south. However, this weekend weContinue reading “Stoodley Pike & Withens Clough Reservoir”

Keld & Kisdon Hill

Anyone who has read my blog Super Swaledale will know that Swaledale is by far my favourite of the Dales. There’s a sense of remoteness that you just don’t get anywhere else: not just on the hills and fells of the dale, but also in the tiny communities which are scattered in the far reachesContinue reading “Keld & Kisdon Hill”

Aysgarth Falls and Woods

Last summer we discovered a handful of short walks which we had previously discounted for being a bit too short. However, the lifting of lockdown restrictions saw what we termed ‘hiking mania’, and we started sneaking out for quick evening strolls when the crowds had died down. This didn’t always work in some of theContinue reading “Aysgarth Falls and Woods”

Castle Howard

It’s definitely started to feel like Spring has sprung over the last week or so. The snowdrops which herald the last throes of winter have faded away to be replaced by bright and beautiful daffodils, new shoots are budding in the garden and hedgerows are a-chatter with the sound of birds busily searching for foodContinue reading “Castle Howard”

A Tale of Two Waterfalls: Whitfield Force and Mill Gill

I’ve mentioned in previous blogs that Wensleydale is a veritable treasure trove of waterfalls. Some, like Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force, can be relied on to draw a steady stream of visitors. Others are tucked away in secluded corners of the national park and are only to be discovered by more intrepid wanderers. This walkContinue reading “A Tale of Two Waterfalls: Whitfield Force and Mill Gill”