Stream at Wycoller Country Park

Wycoller Country Park

Wycoller Country Park is one of the prettiest country parks in Lancashire and is famous for its association with the Bronte sisters.  The village is located four miles east of Colne in the Borough of Pendle.  If arriving by car leave the M65 at Junction 14 and follow signs for Keighley and on reaching Laneshawbridge …

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Exterior of Brabins Shop and Cafe, Chipping

Day 2. Ribble Valley highlights

After a traditional Lancashire breakfast at The Inn at Whitewell we were soon ready to see more of the beautiful Ribble Valley.  Our first stop of the day was just up the road in the charming small village of Chipping.  Narrow winding country lanes lead into the village centre, its attractive stone cottages bedecked with …

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View towards Pendle Hill

Day 1. A Ribble Valley short break

The Ribble Valley is an idyllic part of the north of England located in north east Lancashire and covering 212 sq. miles of the Forest of Bowland, an area of deep valleys and peat moorland.  It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but despite booming tourism with ever increasing numbers of visitors, it's still a …

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The Wheatley Arms, Ilkley

The Wheatley Arms, Ilkley

Location This handsome stone inn stands proudly in the small village of Ben Rhydding set amid leafy lanes and in the shadow of the famous Cow & Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor.  The hotel lies 18 miles north west of Leeds and just one mile from the Victorian spa town of Ilkley which oozes charm …

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New Inn, Clapham, Yorkshire Dales

Day 1. A short break in Clapham, North Yorkshire

We decided to spend a couple of days in Clapham, located just off the A65 in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  After the previous day's sunshine we were disappointed to be setting off in heavy rain but were hopeful that the weather would improve as we neared our destination. Our first stop was to the …

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Ingleborough Cave, Clapham

Day 2. Ingleborough Cave, Clapham

Our four poster bed was so comfortable at the New Inn that I could have slept in longer if it wasn't for the lovely view of Clapham Beck from the bedroom window along with a glimpse of early morning sunshine. Breakfast was served in the hotel's bistro where we found a varied selection of fruit, …

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Wicken Fen entrance, National Trust, Cambridgeshire

Wicken Fen Nature Reserve

One wintry weekend we decided to visit the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve in East Anglia.  It's one of Britain's oldest nature reserves and it has been owned by the National Trust since 1899.  My husband is a keen ornithologist, so equipped with binoculars and hiking boots we drove to the Cambridgeshire Fens. As we approached the …

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Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey

Day 2. The Bolton Abbey Estate

It was such a peaceful start to the day, being able to wake gently and admire the countryside views as we pulled back the curtains. Breakfast was served in the conservatory which was bathed in sunlight as we took our seats.  We helped ourselves to some cheese, fruit and yogurt and then chose hot dishes …

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Shipley Glen Tramway

The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway

One weekend we decided to travel to Saltaire to take a ride on the oldest functioning funicular railway in the United Kingdom.  Getting there by public transport was relatively easy, Saltaire having a railway station on the Airedale line with links to Leeds, Bradford and Skipton. Leaving the station by a short flight of stone …

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Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre, Malham

A Winter’s Day in Malham

Boxing Day walks are popular to work off the excesses of Christmas Day but as we entertained family visitors then, our bracing walk took place the following day.  Setting off from home towards the Yorkshire Dales National Park it was a bright morning but as we approached Gargrave we encountered fog which made driving difficult …

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