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.