Ellington Firth

Last weekend the conditions were less than ideal for getting out for a walk. Storm Arwen swept across Scotland, the North East and Yorkshire, leaving thousands (including us) without power. The lights went out on Friday night and we were without electricity (and consequently heating and hot water) until just after 6pm on Sunday. SoContinue reading “Ellington Firth”

Greenhow Lead Mines from the Coldstones Cut

We drive past the Coldstones Cut all the time on our way to walk in the Dales. A huge sculpture of a ram’s horns which can be explored on foot, I’d never stopped here, so when Sam suggested that we start a walk from here I was excited to look around. The walk we didContinue reading “Greenhow Lead Mines from the Coldstones Cut”

Goathland to Beck Hole

Back in the deep dark days of lockdown, when we weren’t allowed to drive anywhere to go for walks, I made a list of all the places in Yorkshire I wanted to visit when we were finally allowed out again. One of the places near the top of my list was the waterfall Mallyan SpoutContinue reading “Goathland to Beck Hole”

The Head of Swaledale

Swaledale is our favourite dale. Wilder, remoter, quieter. It’s our go to choice for a local walk on a weekend. Usually we head to Reeth to walk one of the many footpaths criss-crossing the dramatic swathes of moor littered with the industrial ruins of the lead mining industry, but last weekend we ventured slightly furtherContinue reading “The Head of Swaledale”

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”