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”

East Witton & Jervaulx Abbey

There is nothing better than a crisp winter walk with blue skies and a carpet of frost cloaking the grass underfoot. Add in a dash of local history and you can’t get much better for a Sunday afternoon stroll! Jervaulx Abbey in Wensleydale is one of many ruined abbeys in North Yorkshire, harking back toContinue reading “East Witton & Jervaulx Abbey”

Hardraw Force

I mentioned in my blog about Wensleydale a few weeks ago that nowhere in the Yorkshire Dales is more abundant with waterfalls (or that’s how it feels to me at least!). My original intention was to write a blog post featuring some of the most impressive, however, having had a few weeks to think aboutContinue reading “Hardraw Force”

Fremington Edge

Fremington Edge, or ‘Fermenting Pike’ as it was once mistakenly called by a friend of ours, is a five kilometre limestone escarpment which dominates the landscape to the north of Reeth. This dramatic swathe of scree and rock is littered with relics of the area’s mining history, with old shafts and openings sprinkled haphazardly alongContinue reading “Fremington Edge”

Grimwith Reservoir: It’s Not So Grim Up North

As I write this blog we should be travelling up to Tomintoul to spend the week over New Year exploring in the Cairngorms. Alas, like many people our plans have been scuppered by Covid, but we are taking this as an opportunity to explore lots of new walks closer to home, as well as re-visitingContinue reading “Grimwith Reservoir: It’s Not So Grim Up North”

The Druid’s Temple & Masham Moor

Given the rather unpredictable nature of the weather forecast this weekend we didn’t stray too far from home. We ventured over to Masham for a slightly longer than usual walk to make the most of the December sunshine – and what a Christmas cracker of a walk it was! It had it all: blue skiesContinue reading “The Druid’s Temple & Masham Moor”

5 Wanders in Wensleydale

Wensleydale is without a doubt one of the most popular dales. Crammed full of tumbling waterfalls, lush meadows and of course the famous Wensleydale Creamery, people flock from far and wide to experience all that Wensleydale has to offer. The waterfalls deserve a blog entirely of their own, so today I’m going to focus onContinue reading “5 Wanders in Wensleydale”