29 September 2017

Hutton le Hole and Lastingham

Hutton le Hole is a scenic little village in North Yorkshire and where we stopped for dinner the other day before going to see the heather on the moors. Hutton le Hole is home to the Rydale Folk Museum which is worth a visit if you have time.

We parked in the pub carpark, which was free as we were having lunch there, and followed a walk that we had found that took us to the village of Lastingham. The walk is 3 miles there and back and is quite well sign posted along the route. The walk passed through lots of purple heather and a little farm where lots of pheasants were living.


22 September 2017

Coniston, Lake District

Another place we visited during our trip to the Lakes was Coniston, a little village that is home to the third longest lake in the Lake District (Coniston Water) and Coniston Old Man. The Old Man of Coniston is a mountain that reaches over 800m. We were going to climb it whilst we were here, but with it having rained and the hills being shrouded in mist, we didn’t think the views from the top would be that good – so that’s a trip for another day.

While walking round the lake, we came across Coniston Hall which is owned by the National Trust, but sadly not open to visitors. The hall is a grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century.


19 September 2017

Grasmere, Lake District

We stopped off at Grasmere on the way to our hotel. It’s a shame it was only a fleeting visit as the village looked so lovely, I’d like to come back another time to explore this part of the Lake District further. We did manage to tick off the main attractions though – Grasmere Gingerbread probably being the top one. The shop is so small you can only fit a couple of people in at a time!

We also walked round the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden and even though it was the wrong time of year to see them in bloom, it was still a lovely place to walk around. The poet, William Wordsworth, once lived here in Grasmere and he and his family are buried in the churchyard. There is a path made from stones that people have bought with their names on which was just being completed when we were there.


12 September 2017

Aria Falls, Lake District

I went on a little trip to the Lakes the other week and it was one of the few times I’ve been where the weather hasn’t been too good. It was raining heavily as we drove up but by the time we left the car, luckily it stopped.

Our first destination was Aria Falls. The area is managed by the National Trust but your entry fee allows you to visit not only the waterfall, but also Ullswater and the surrounding ancient woodland. The main attraction though, is Aria Falls – a 65 foot waterfall which can be viewed from below or from a bridge crossing over the top of the falls.


5 September 2017

High Force

High Force Waterfall lies deep in the County Durham countryside and is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country.

Admission to the waterfall is £6 which includes parking. Just across the road from the carpark is the shortest and easiest path to the waterfall; following it until you reach a few steps it takes you right to the foot of High Force. You can hear the roar of the water as you make your way down. 

The main area surrounding the waterfall was quite busy when we visited, with people trying to get the best shot of the falls, but after admiring the waterfall from here, you can head back up and there are several other footpaths that you can follow, including one which goes to Lower Force and one which takes you to the top of High Force. 

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