Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Yorkshire Weekend....part 2

Hello Lovelies,
you may want to get yourself comfy for this post ,it's pretty long !! There are 43 photos ...and I could easily have included more ....what a day :0)

Mum and I were so happy to wake to bright sunshine on Saturday morning....woohoo,  the perfect weather to explore the wonderful Yorkshire Dales.
It's the first time I have ever visited this area as an adult, though I have been many times when I was a child. Back then I didn't get what all the fuss was about ....but now ....well I couldn't wait to explore .

Leaving the Aire Valley up a really steep hill ( you certainly need low gears in this part of the world ) we stop to look back and admire the view.

You really feel like you are up near the clouds in a place like this

The Gorse at the roadside looks pretty in the sunshine........


Over the brow of the hill now and we are heading into Wharfedale.....it feels like you can see for a hundred miles ...


We wind our way along the prettiest lanes and stop to say hello to Bolton abbey. This is a place in the dales I loved as a child. Playing in the river on a hot summers day was a great fun........


I'd love to stop and explore further but we have a lot to fit into one day.
A little further along the valley Barden Tower is somewhere else that looks interesting to explore ....


But we settle for a few photos and press on .........


Luckily mum is quite familiar with this part of the dales and she is keen to show me the pretty little village of Appletreewick...........



I love the bright red of the post box against the grey of the limestone wall........


Water is welling up from the drains and running in a stream down the street......


And every bit of low ground has a pool of water. The land must be saturated with all the rain we have had in recent weeks...........


A little fiurther along the road we pull over to see what's over the wall. " Do you think there will be a view here?" I ask mum. As soon as I get out of the car I think...stupid question Jacquie...there is a gorgeous view everywhere ........


I leave mum at the car and run up the road to see whats at the top of the hill.I love the way the broken clouds are making patchwork patterns on the distant hills...................


We are heading for the pretty village of Grassington...........


It's very pretty but soooo busy today. I decide to climb the hill


Ahh , that's better ...away from the crowds and a roof top view, perfect........


I climbed a little higher out of the village , up a sweet lane.........


And I'm rewarded by another wonderful view..........


After a few minutes I descended back into the village........


Loved this Saxifrage flowering on top of a dry stone wall............


There are lots of gift shops but I particularly liked this Hardware shop. Useful to the locals but with a pretty gift section too. Can you see the wonderful display in the window on the left........


Inside I'm happy to see a traditional , well stocked shop to the right .........

And to the left , among the pretty home wares .........
an open fire :0)

But the sun pops out again so I explore a little further, love this cute courtyard......


After a bit more exploring we head off, along the achingly pretty Wharfe valley..........

Past the imposing Kilnsey crag.........


Now we are heading towards Arncliffe.........the roads are narrow and winding but the post van hurtles along at an impressive speed.......


Every where are these wonderful dales barns......solid animal shelters and hay stores for the winter months....


At Arncliffe the Litton beck looks pretty in the sunlight...........


I love this working farm , nestled beneath the fell.........


We journey  further along a single tack road. Climbing steeply upwards. Stoping in an exposed spot to admire the view back towards the village and the amazing hillside ...........


I loved this road, up in the remote places , with just some Sheep for company. It's a chilly spot ,these animals definitely need their warm wool coat....


Presently we begin to decend into another valley.....down the winding track with it's hairpin bends and salt boxes for the winter snow and ice............


How romantic does this look !! Imagine living here and getting snowed in , sitting by a warm fire, looking out at the white winter landscape........maybe the reality is not quite so idyllic but that's how I like to imagine it :0).....


This is Malham Tarn, it's another high place, in fact ( so wikipedia tells me ) it's the highest lake in England........


Now we are above Malham cove , you can just see the amazing natural formations of the Limestone pavement....for a better view of it look HERE.........


Further down the hill we can look back towards the cove it's self..........


Malham Village is looking pretty in it's spring colours........




The Pennine way goes through Malham  and now I have looked up what Janets' Foss is I wish I had squeezed in a visit. I expect it would have been Pretty spectacular after last weeks rain !!


But all too soon it's time to say good bye to the lovely Yorkshire Dales. I really hope it won't be too long before I'm able to return and explore further afield.....


After some food and a rest we did rustle up the energy to pop to Bingley, I was keen to visit the Five Rise Locks. Here is the view from the top towards Bingleys mills......



But the best way to appreciate them is from the bottom. There are five locks in what's known as a staircase and it's the steepest one in Britain...........


An impressive feat of 18th century engineering, don't you think?

The evening light on the canal was very pretty...........


Ummmmmmmmm, just had to stop and gaze at the hills one last time before bed :0)............




It was certainly a day to remember and I'm so happy to have this place to record and share it all.

Next time ,day three , not sightseeing but socialising and shopping :0)
Jacquie x

28 comments:

  1. I have been trying to remember where the limestone pavement was where I walked as a teenager to tell my husband - so thanks Jacquie - now I know!!
    Lovely pics.
    L.x.

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  2. Wonderful shots!
    ♥Crissi♥

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  3. Absolutely stunning...my dream to someday travel across the pond to your beautiful country. My ancestors are from Cornwall and I know where they lived and raised their children and their church. Some day I will get across the Pond from Philadelphia PA to see such wonderful sites. As for now I totally enjoyed looking at your photos!!!

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  4. sooooo beautiful the lush green landscape and beautiful cottages scattered about the fields ;0)...such wonderful photography! x

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  5. Just stunning.

    After reading your last post I told MrVV that we are heading to Yorkshire in the caravan this summer - just looking for a well placed campsite now :)

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  6. What beautiful views. I love the stone walls that separate the fields and the stone houses- The canals are so pictoresque too. A beautiful part of the world to discover thanks to all your photos.

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  7. Another lovely tour. Hope you said hello to Postman Pat!
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  8. Brilliant photos and what gorgeous places - I just love the colours!
    My favourite is the one with the post van in the distance, it's like postman pat but in real life! (you can tell I'm a 90s child can't you?)
    Keep up the good work :)

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  9. Wow...it looks absolutely glorious, love all the rolling hills and lush green grass...i feel like i've had a little holiday myself...thank you :o)
    love jooles x

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  10. Beautiful pictures . Thanks for sharing .X

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  11. What lovely pictures. I haven't been to Yorkshire for years - I had forgotten how green and lush it all is. Can't wait for day 3! Lily. xxx

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  12. Simply stunning, you picked a great weekend for your visit.

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  13. What brilliant photos! I have been through all of them.....never been to Yorkshire before but looks as if I shall have to visit...its beautiful.I love to see those green fields...I miss the green.

    Amanda :-)

    at Crafty in the Med

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  14. So so lovely! Thanks so much:)

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  15. What scenes, it feels like I'm there, thank you for posting these, I love the look of this green village.

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  16. I am so enjoying your Yorkshire posts - you took some fabulous photos and Ive made my mind up that I am never leaving this fabulous county. xxxx

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  17. What stunning photos, I have Yorkshire envy now

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  18. Aren't we lucky to live in such a wonderful country?

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  19. You could have popped in for a cuppa, I'm not far away!!!

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  20. Wow, it looks a great place for going cycling, with a camera of course to capture those lovely views. Beautiful!

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  21. Loved both your posts. Absolutely stunning countryside and such pretty, solid looking villages. Hope you had a great time...

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  22. I'm without words...these countries are like a dream......
    Manu

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  23. Oh! To Yorkshire I will one day go.

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  24. love watching all the pics. just brilliant!

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  25. Oh Jacquie, so much breathtaking scenery every which way you look..........I bet you have alot more pics still on the camera too...

    "Another wonderful post" she said as she searched frantically for her passport, hehe.....

    Claire x

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  26. Hi Jacquie, I don't know if my last comment came through or not, but again, Thank you for sharing your Gorgeous pictures!!! So breath taking!!! :) ♥♥♥

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  27. Lovely photos on this, and your last post!

    I love locks, and those Five Rise Locks are amazing. That is so steep!

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