Thursday, 25 August 2011

Fun in the Yorkshire Dales

Having spent a week in the Yorkshire Dales last summer, we decided to go back and sample more of the delights of this Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty and we weren't disappointed. Not only that, a week in a cottage in Masham, food, petrol and all the following days out cost, in total, around a quarter of that of our week at Center Parcs. (Hmmmmmm ........... food for thought)

So here's what we did.

We had a lovely day walking at Aysgarth Falls, after buying up half of the stock of the Wensleydale Creamery ("Abbot's Bronze" is the best cheese ever!):

After a morning at Middleham admiring the racehorses and watching them train on the Gallops:

there was an amazing trip to The Forbidden Corner (even after two hours we hadn't managed to find all the items on the list in this weird and wonderful garden!):

We had a free day at Lightwater Valley Theme Park (TGFTesco Clubcard points):

We enjoyed climbing all over the rocks at Brimham Rocks:

Whilst walking the Masham Leaf Trail (a walk punctuated with sculptures of leaves symbolising things about the area) daughter was delighted to be joined on our walk by a few ponies who wandered across the stream to see her:

We had a super day at Fountain's Abbey......

.............. and Studley Royal:

There was dressing up both at the Ripon Museums and at Fountain's Hall:

and of course, a trip to the Black Sheep Brewery, fudge from Joneva and ice cream from the Brymor Ice Cream Farm.

Guess I'll be going back on the diet now........


Maggie May said...

Looked real good fun.
Loved the outfit!
Photos were very good and gave a feel of the holiday.
maggie X

Nuts in May

Sarah said...

Looks fantastic, and fabulous value compared to Center Parcs. I'd love to go back to Yorkshire for a holiday. Last time I was there was late 80s!

libby said...

What a fabulous week! just goes to show how beautiful this country is too don't you think? and as for Center parc? well I've never tried it but a cottage and days out sounds much much better....and those are lovely photos too!

BNM said...

Can I say we went there and there and there... and did you know I could live in the Wensleydale cheese shop (found out I can get on the web though!)

Looks as you had a fab holiday!


Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Lovely blog! Your photos are lovely and your recipes wonderful. I'm now following and look forward to future posts.

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed your blog for some time now.Can't remember how I came across it! I live in the US, but like so many, I love England and its fun to see it through your eyes. I cannot tell you how magical that picture is of your daughter and the horses! Like a scene out of a movie.

Polly said...

what a great break away - love your snapshots too.

Sara Cart said...

Your daughter is just too adorable.

scrappysue said...

wow - what a fun day! only the uk can do castles'n'such like that!