Mick's still using up holiday left over from last year so he took another day off work on the Friday before the bank holiday. After A Day Out In Derbyshire the week before, we decided we'd stay in Yorkshire on this occasion and visited the Yorkshire Dales.
I consider myself very lucky to live in this gorgeous county. I know that most places here in the UK have something going for them, it really is a beautiful country, but it isn't hard to see why Yorkshire is known as God's Own Country.
We started our day in the small market town of Settle.
Market day is Tuesday so it wasn't on when we visited but we had a wander around the little shops.
What an impressive building. This is The Folly, built in the late 17th century. Throughout its life The Folly has been a family home, a farmhouse, bakery, warehouse, furniture shop, refreshment rooms, fish & chip shop, bank, salvage business and recently a holiday let.
We treated ourselves to a steak and ale pie and a pork pie for our lunch from a local butchers. Goodness me, they were good, it's no wonder they've won awards.
After a leisurely stroll round we were on our way to our next destination, Clapham.
We've never visited Clapham before but we were really taken with it, such a beautiful place. I'll tell you all about it in my next post but in the meantime, here's a photo to be going on with.
Not far out of the village we saw a sign for Ingleton Pottery so we made a little detour to take a look. Wow, such beautiful pieces of stoneware pottery, and all at very reasonable prices. I couldn't resist this beautiful vase and a little glazed dish. We shall definitely go back, we saw some pieces which will make great gifts.
Just north of Clapham is Ingleborough, the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales and one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, which are part of the Pennine range. We passed it on our way to our next destination, though the top was clothed in cloud on this particular day.
A little further along we came to the Ribblehead Viaduct which carries the Settle-Carlisle railway across Batty Moss in the Ribble Valley.
The photo here was taken further along the road. It's such an impressive structure.
It wasn't long until we reached our final stop of the day, Hawes, and you can't go to Hawes without visiting the creamery. We came away with some delicious Wenseleydale cheese.
We like Hawes, it's a bustling market town in Upper Wensleydale, however, I have to admit that I was a tad disappointed as most of the little shops were closing when we got there and it was only about 4.30pm! We saw people arriving at B&B's, presumably for a weekend away, but the town was already winding down for the night.
Still, it was nice to have a little wander around.
It wasn't long before we were setting off for home, taking in the beautiful scenery along the way.
It was a lovely day out. I hope you enjoyed coming along with me and don't forget, my next post will be all about Clapham.
Perfect day trip, thank you for the photos.ReplyDelete
There's always so much beauty in the Yorkshire Dales to photograph.Delete
I have spent time in both Derbyshire and Yorkshire, they are beautiful counties. Now I am busy exploring Wales and loving it.ReplyDelete
I love all the places you mention. I think we're spoilt for choice in the UK.Delete
So beautiful, what a great place to visit.ReplyDelete
I think the Yorkshire Dales is my favourite place to be, I absolutely love it there.Delete
You do live in a beautiful place... thanks for sharing it with us!ReplyDelete
We're very lucky in the UK, so many beautiful places to visit.Delete
looks like a lovely p;ace, great pics.ReplyDelete
It's a beautiful place, I'm always happy to have a day out in the Yorkshire Dales.Delete
More beautiful, beautiful countryside and towns..... Simply lovely...ReplyDelete
It's such a beautiful part of the country.Delete
What a beautiful trip you had. So gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I always enjoy visiting the Yorkshire Dales, we had a lovely day.Delete
Beautiful countryside and villages. Gods own country indeed. XReplyDelete
I know I live in Yorkshire but this particular part of the county makes me feel right at home, I love it here.Delete
Thank you for a tour round Jo, it does all look a lovely place to live and visit. Thomas the Tank engine fans (the teens many yrs ago) would've been drooling all over the viaduct, ha ha. I remember having to stop once on a journey for a closer look, Cathy xReplyDelete
The viaduct is very impressive and attracts many visitors. Apparently a train was due across it but it was already running late when we got there and though we lingered a while, we didn't hang around too long.Delete
What a lovely day out and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing your day out I really enjoyed it. Best, Jane xReplyDelete
It's such a picturesque part of the country with so many interesting places to visit, I always enjoy spending some time there.Delete
I would love to take a ride on one of the canal boats. They look so relaxing.ReplyDelete
I had to laugh about Wensleydale -- that was the cheese that Wallace (Wallace and Gromit) like. LOL
I think the canal boats are a lovely way to travel along the waterways, as you say, so relaxing. Yes, Wensleydale is Wallace and Gromit's favourite, they do have Wallace and Gromit themed cheese in the shop in Hawes.Delete
OK Jo, now I've a huge lump in throat. I just want to be there. Thank you!!!! We've had lunch in Settle, travelled over Ribblehead in the train, explored Hawes, eaten Wensleydale cheese (yum, yum), and walked along parts of the canal & I'd do it all again in a heartbeat tomorrow. Aah......take care & huggles.ReplyDelete
I'm glad my post has brought back some happy memories for you. We've visited the Yorkshire Dales many many times but I never tire of spending time there, so many beautiful places, things to do and happy memories.Delete
What a lovely tour you gave me! I love that the one building has had so many lives! Here In Wisconsin we celebrate our dairy goods as well! I just bought a 7 year aged cheddar that wins State fair awards every year for a guest. She loved it and so did my husband!ReplyDelete
I love hearing about the history of buildings, especially when they're use has changed such a great number of times over the years. I must admit that Wensleydale cheese is my favourite but Mick and Eleanor's favourite is a good mature Cheddar. Can you believe that Daniel doesn't like cheese!Delete
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Thank you for letting me know, I shall pop over soon.Delete
The creamery have a very good restaurant too - I guess that you were too full to take advantage of it.ReplyDelete
We had to go into the creamery one at a time as we had Archie with us, a little problem we always encounter when we're out and about. We do usually find decent places to eat though which will allow dogs in too.Delete
A most enjoyable post and lovely pictures. It's nice to see that you had such a good day. It's an area that I've not been to for many years but always enjoyed my visits, and the local food and drink. xxReplyDelete
I'm pleased to hear that you've experienced the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales too. It's such a lovely place for a day out and there's always good local food and drink to sample.Delete
You are so lucky to be so close to all that beauty, I'd love to visit more often. You had a really good day out.ReplyDelete
We are lucky to live close to the Yorkshire Dales, but I think there's beauty in every county in the UK. We live in a beautiful place.Delete
It looks like a lovely day out, it is indeed a beautiful part of the worldReplyDelete
I've been visiting the Yorkshire Dales since I was a little girl, it holds so many memories for me so every day out we spend there is very special.Delete
Looks lovely Jo and looks like you had a lovely time visiting around your own doorstep. Sometimes we are so busy visiting other places we forget what we have around us.ReplyDelete
That's very true. I think we all have wonderful places to visit on our doorstep but we often overlook them.Delete
That does look like an excellent day out.ReplyDelete
We always enjoy spending time in the Yorkshire Dales, it's such a beautiful place.Delete
What a nice day out, lots of pretty places visited. DH had designs on travelling the Settle to Carlise over the viaduct someday.ReplyDelete
The Settle to Carlisle railway takes a brilliant route through stunning landscape, and you get to enjoy it all without having to drive.Delete
You took us on a wonderful tour, a County I am fond of. Shame the shops were shutting when you were keen to browse but I must admit it is the old fashioned aspects like opening times and such that appeal to me.ReplyDelete
We still managed to have a lovely wander around Hawes but I do love all the little shops there too. It was a wonderful day out.Delete
A wonderful day out - it's too bad the shops closed so early...that is so odd, especially for a Friday when you would expect more folks to be out wandering, especially weekend visitors. And that vase is gorgeous! I'm such a sucker for pottery - it's always my first choice for a souvenir but I have so much now, I've had to cut way back as I only have so much cabinet space!ReplyDelete
You hear so much about small businesses in small villages having to close down because trade's bad, I'd have thought they'd work long hours, especially during the summer months to compensate for winter when they won't get as many visitors. There were still lots of people around when we were there. I love pottery and I could have spent a fortune in this shop, it was all to my taste. I've seen things which I think will make great gifts so we'll definitely return to buy more.Delete
What stunning photo's of the countryside, wow...you are right, the UK has so many beauty spots. So glad you had such a lovely time and enjoyed it all with Archie. What a lucky lad!xxxReplyDelete
You're spoilt for choice for views in the Yorkshire Dales, it's all so beautiful. Archie always enjoys his days out with us, as you know, he's quite well travelled.Delete
I feel very relaxed looking at your beautiful photographs.ReplyDelete
What a great day out you had.
All the best Jan
It was a lovely day out, and very relaxing in such beautiful surroundings.Delete