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Discover five canal bridges on a 4 mile circular walk to East Marton

Discovering what's on our doorstep is a joy. I took the chance this morning to go for a run and compile the descriptions below, so that you can follow it too.

Here is a 4+ mile route that you can enjoy on foot from our holiday cottages in Bank Newton - taking in a short section of the Pennine Way national trail and the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool Canal - and leading you to the village of East Marton.

Bank Newton to East Marton Route

Navigationally it is quite straightforward - helped by the canal towpath and the five bridges that you pass - all of which have their own number (Bridges 160-164). Highlights along the way include the 'Double Arched Bridge' at East Marton, which sits beneath the A59 main road. Doesn't the bridge look fabulous?

Double Arched Bridge

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Walking along the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Leeds Liverpool Canal

Taking a walk along the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath in Bank Newton last week, I enjoyed pausing to take some photographs of the canal locks and their wonderful setting. It is always a joy to potter along the canal towpath, to watch canal boats travelling through the locks in Bank Newton and to marvel at the feat of engineering that the Leeds Liverpool Canal is.

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What's it like in Bank Newton?

Here in Bank Newton we are lucky enough to have an abundance of space, plenty of green fields to play out in and patios to sit on. From the doorstep of the holiday cottages you can enjoy peaceful, canalside walks to see historic canal bridges and swans gliding along the water. In springtime we love seeing the bright yellow daffodils and pretty spring flowers. We look forward to the arrival of newborn lambs as the sheep and lambs move outside of the lambing sheds in to the surrounding pastures. A popular bridleway runs through the farm where horses and riders enjoy hacking out on. We are a working farm, with tractors and sheep dogs. We have fresh air aplenty and room to breathe. You can enjoy a network of footpaths from the doorstep of the cottage, including the Pennine Way national trail. Bank Newton is wonderfully rural and a perfect antidote to busy lives.

Our delightful cottages are in different shapes and sizes and include one, two and three bedroom units. Some of the cottages have ground floor bedrooms and two are entirely on the ground floor.

Here are a selection of photographs taken in March this year that capture our setting, and the holiday cottages we have.

Newton Grange Holiday Cottages

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World class cycling recognised in Yorkshire

We are delighted to hear the news that Yorkshire has been recognised as a World Class Cycling Destination by the World Governing Body for cycling, the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI), in its recent accolade of a 'UCI Bike Region'.

Cycling in Yorkshire

Well done to everybody involved in promoting cycling in our region, much enjoyed by many.

The status of a UCI Bike Region is given to locations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to growing and promoting everyday cycling and to hosting major UCI cycling events.

It is great news, too, to learn that the Tour De Yorkshire is returning to the region again next May, this time for 4 days not 3. Watch this space for more information on the Tour de Yorkshire taking place from Thursday 3rd May until Sunday 6th May 2018.

1st August - it's Yorkshire Day!

Tomorrow marks the First Day of August - Yorkshire Day. It's a time to celebrate the wonderful county that we live in. As celebrations commence throughout the county, here is a flavour of the events taking place to mark the occasion.

Sunflowers

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Food, Farming, Famous People, Freedom Milk, Family and the Fun Bus!

This weekend saw the arrival of the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival to our family's very own Funkirk Farm, just outside Skipton, for the very first time. It was a fantastic weekend with a vibrant atmosphere. Here is a flavour of what we discovered over the weekend.

Celebrity Chef Demonstration Marquee

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Teddy Bears Picnic Day

Fancy that! Today is a day of the year especially dedicated to Teddy Bear Picnics. My daughter would love that.

Do you remember the lyrics of the song that begins:

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise

If you go down in the woods today, you'd better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain

Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic...

Does the song conjure up lots of memories?

Do you have a treasured Teddy Bear (or soft toy) that you hold dear?

I think it's never too late - too old or too young - to own or value a Teddy Bear. My Grandma loved them and they brought a smile to her face in her later years, and what can be wrong with that?

So with my trusted Doggy in hand and an armful of my daugther's teddies, I'll be in search of somewhere today for a picnic.

Here are a few picnic spots in or near the Yorkshire Dales that are a good choice (with or without your Teddy Bears...)

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Musings on the longest day of the year

Today, the 21st June, is Midsummer’s Day when we recognise the Summer Solstice and the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere.

For me, Midsummer’s Day has often been a day that has been long awaited in the middle of winter when I crave daylight – and sunshine – more than ever. Now today we have daylight in abundance – the longest period of time between sunrise and sunset. I am thankful.

In the annual calendar of events, today is known as National Daylight Appreciation Day. I know I for one feel happiest the more that I can be outside. Especially when living in the countryside when the darkness on winter nights really is dark, the long daylight hours on summer evenings in contrast feel such as gift. A time to potter in the garden, to take a walk around the fields or to try out a new walking route. Perhaps time simply to catch up on jobs (inside or out) or if we are lucky, simply to sit outside with a good book and enjoy the light. Sometimes with daylight around you it just feels like you can do more than you might if it were dark, even if you don’t.

There is opportunity.

Newton Grange Farm

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