Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Day 3. Exploring Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley

Our stay at the gorgeous Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Chipping had been lovely and after packing up the car we didn't hurry off but instead relaxed awhile on its sun drenched terrace.  Overlooking the beautiful landscaped gardens and rolling hills beyond, the setting is idyllic and the perfect place to unwind. Although we could have lazed there …

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Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe

Day 2. Touring the Ribble Valley

It was the perfect way to start our day, sitting in the conservatory of the Gibbon Bridge Hotel enjoying a cooked breakfast with views across the delightful landscaped gardens. Our first activity of the day was then just down the road at Leagrams Organic Dairy just outside the picturesque village of Chipping.  The entrance to …

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Forest of Bowland

Day 1. A weekend in the Ribble Valley

The scenic Ribble Valley is one of northern England's best kept secrets being an area of outstanding natural beauty noted for its rural landscape and welcoming hospitality.  How do we find this hidden gem, you may well ask?  Well, it's quite easy actually as the Ribble Valley is located in Lancashire and accessible from the …

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Dorchester town centre

A day in Dorchester

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset in south west England and on one sunny Sunday morning recently we decided to go along and explore this historic market town.  We left our car in the Fairfield long stay car-park which we were pleased to discover offered free parking all day Sunday making this a welcome …

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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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The Coldstones Cut, Pateley Bridge

The Coldstones Cut is said to be Yorkshire's biggest and highest piece of public art work.  It was created by Andrew Sabin and overlooks the Coldstones quarry on Greenhow Hill just outside Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire. Perched at a height of just over 500 metres above sea level it can be freely explored by …

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River Aire, Gargrave

Exploring Gargrave

The picturesque village of Gargrave is located four miles north west of Skipton in North Yorkshire.  The A65 runs through the village linking Leeds in West Yorkshire with Kendal in Cumbria on the edge of the English Lake District.  Gargrave has its own railway station on the Leeds to Morecambe and Carlisle lines enabling walkers …

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Addingham weir, River Wharfe

A walk around Addingham

The village of Addingham is situated between Skipton and Ilkley and just one mile from the Yorkshire Dales National Park close to Bolton Abbey making it an ideal starting point for numerous walks in the surrounding countryside. The Dales Way long distance path starts in nearby Ilkley passing through the edge of Addingham along the …

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