The Wensleydale Hotel, Middleham, North Yorkshire

Hotel Review Location: The Wensleydale Hotel is located in the delightful small town of Middleham nestled on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's just two miles from the bustling market town of Leyburn and 10 miles from Richmond.  For those travelling from London or the south, Middleham can be reached by taking …

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Yorkshire Dales National Park Sign

Day 3. Exploring Hawes, Wensleydale

Our stay at the Wensleydale Hotel had been lovely and before checking out we enjoyed another of their delicious breakfasts to set us up for the day.  We then packed up the car and headed off to explore more of this beautiful part of Yorkshire. Our first stop was at Aysgarth Falls just a 25 minute …

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Richmond Falls, River Swale

Day 2. A walk around Richmond, North Yorkshire

Our day started in the best way possible with a delicious breakfast at the Wensleydale Hotel, Middleham and this set us up nicely for the day ahead.  We'd planned to spend the day exploring the historic market town of Richmond, noted for its Norman castle, elegant Georgian architecture and riverside setting. It took us just …

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Black Sheep Visitor Centre Sign

Day 1. Weekend in Wensleydale

We were up bright and early for our road trip to scenic Wensleydale in North Yorkshire.  The area is famous for the cheese to which it gives its name but for lots of other interesting things too as we were soon to discover. Our first stop was to the village of Masham (pronounced massham) to …

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Cheese judging trophies at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022

The Great Yorkshire Show 2022

The Great Yorkshire Show (GYS) was back with a bang this year with all 140,000 tickets selling out in advance of the 2022 show.  The 163rd show took place between 12-15 July in Harrogate, North Yorkshire with fine weather and mostly sunny conditions each day.  The show is England's premier agricultural event organised by the …

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Afternoon Tea at the Devonshire Arms Bolton Abbey

Afternoon Tea at The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey

When an invitation dropped into my inbox inviting me for afternoon tea at the Devonshire Arms Hotel I couldn't have been happier as it's such a beautiful country house hotel.  It's located on the Yorkshire estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in Bolton Abbey lying in a tranquil setting along the banks of the …

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Pig judging, Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate

After the disappointment of last year's show having to be cancelled due to the pandemic I was excited to be returning to Harrogate this summer.  The Great Yorkshire Show is one of the largest agricultural shows in the country and a wonderful showcase of rural life. Organising an event of this size to make it COVID …

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York Cathedral

York – What to See and Do

Getting there: York is easily accessible from all parts of the country with trains between York and London taking only one and three quarter hours meaning that visiting the city can easily be combined with a trip to the capital. Attractions: York Minster This is one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals (adult admission £11.50).  …

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Kilnsey, Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales villages of Kilnsey & Kettlewell

Kilnsey is a small village located in the heart of Wharfedale and is noted for its impressive limestone cliff.  Situated 12 miles north of Skipton and easily accessible from the motorway network as it's just 25 miles from the M65 at Colne or 40 miles from the M1 at Leeds. Leaving the motorway and driving …

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Malham Cove

Malham Cove

Malham is a small village at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales and is an idyllic little place.  Nowadays hill farming and tourism are Malham's main activities with a good selection of accommodation to suit all tastes dotted around the village.  Located at the upper end of the River Aire valley, the area has …

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