Yorkshire Dales

A pleasant day in the Yorkshire Dales taking in the spectacular scenery, starting with the Ribblehead Viaduct, a beautiful railway bridge built between 1870 and 1875 and restored in between 1988 and 1991.

Ribblehead Viaduct

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Around Yorkshire Dales

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The morning we spent in Hawes which is a small market town and home to Wensleydale Cheese – made famous by Walace and Gromit. We got to taste all varieties of cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery. Some 20+ variations on Wensleydale with favourites being Wensleydale & Cranberries, Wensleydale Blue and Oak Smoked Wensleydale.

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There was a great little old fashioned playground in Hawes that was a good break from exploring the antique and specialty shops.

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We also took a morning tea break at Laburnum House Tea Room for crumpets (Molly and Kerrie) and scones (Emily and David).  The clotted cream was fantastic on the scones.

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From Hawes we made our way to Masham with a stop on the way for Aysgarth Falls. This was a short 1km walk from one end of the falls to the other – basically relatively flat 3 small sets of falls.  Kerrie and I walked it alone while the girls stayed in the car and read and listen to music – teenagers!!!

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At Masham we had a late lunch at The Black Sheep Brewery and then took in the brewery tour.  We have done a number of brewery tours but what was different with this one is seeing the process for Yorkshire English Ale’s. The process of fermenting using the Yorkshire Square Fermenting System certainly requires more effort but in doing so does create he perfect ale.

I tried all of Black Sheep’s standard 4 ales plus their special ale (Velo) made for the Tour de France, which started in Yorkshire this year.

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A bit of driving between places and a long day saw Emily fall asleep in the car while reading.

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