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    • Day1107


      June 4, 2021 in England ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      A drive to Yorkshire by way of Bolsover and Mansfield. Bolsover where we had hoped to visit the castle but road closures barred our way and Mansfield to stock up with food and fuel.
      We arrived in early afternoon at another CL site deep in the countryside of the Yorkshire Dales. Hurries Farm near Airton and Malham, where we are planning to complete one of the iconic walks around Goredale Scar and Malham Cove. A truly beautiful location to stay for 4 nights, but quite a hairy drive along narrow winding lanes to reach it. All we can hear from our van is the sounds of sheep and cows, and there is a field adjacent containing 2 rheas. We received a fine Yorkshire welcome upon arrival - but then we are in god's own county!!!
      On Saturday we unhitched the bikes and cycled the 9 miles into Skipton to visit the very vibrant street market. The last time we were here there was snow on the ground just before a Christmas, this time we had glorious sunshine. We cycled along narrow country lanes surrounded by beautiful scenery and then along the Leeds-Liverpool canal from Gargrave with lots of narrowboat activity on the water. Swans and ducks were aplenty with ducklings and cygnets in tow.
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    • Day1109


      June 6, 2021 in England ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      The forecast for Sunday was a good one so we decided that this would be a good day for our walk. his brought about a sharp intake of breath from our farmer host who advised that it would be a very busy walk as it was the weekend.
      We set off anyway, as we had been looking forward to completing this walk for some time. We picked up The Pennine way at Airton walking northwards along a beautiful river side path. We passed a large walking party from a holiday group who had stopped to admire the views of the cove from across the valley then pitched off to the North East to pick up the footpath to Janet's Foss, a waterfall deep within a wooded glade. It was very busy here as the waterfall lies next to a road with car parking and it is clearly on the must see list. There were many children playing in the plunge pool below the fall.
      Afterwards we took the short walk up to Goredale, beneath the Scar, where the pathway passes through a narrow ravine, rock climbers were honing their skills on the vertical and sometimes overhanging valley sides.
      From here we returned to the main path and had our picnic in the valley before we climbed up to the hill tops at the side of Malham Cove, the views from the top were spectacular, although the walking route was busy there was enough open space for everyone.
      The Cove and the Limestone pavement at the top were well worth climbing up to, after a little time taking in the views we left the high ground to follow the path into the village of Malham.
      We returned to the site via The Pennine Way once again and two very weary souls completed the walk in late afternoon. Karen' phone app advised that she had completed 29840 steps
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    • Day1110


      June 7, 2021 in England ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      We enjoyed a shorter walk, this time we set off to the south east picking up a track to Bell Busk from wher we climbed up to join The Pennine Way on the top of a hill above Eshton Moor. Beautiful scenery around us once again and we soon dropped back down into the valley to follow the river back to Airton.Read more

    • Day1111


      June 8, 2021 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      We travelled to a site near Guisborough in Cleveland so we could reunite with Karen's family after our months of lockdown isolation. The CL site at Howla Hay farm is delightful with views over fields with horses - and our hosts were very friendly.
      Wednesday 9th saw us celebrate Donald's 90th birthday. Don and Margaret and Nicola and Claire joined us for an afternoon tea complete with birthday cake on the site, which we enjoyed in warm sunshine.
      In the evening we had booked a couple of tables at Tocketts Mill restaurant where we enjoyed a celebratory meal with all the Redcar contingent. Matthew and Karen both chose the Chicken Parmo - The Boro's great gift to the food industry.
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