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Fountains Abbey - My happy place

Fountains Abbey - if you haven't been before, go! Located near Ripon and cared for by the National Trust, it is an awe-inspiring place and somewhere that I simply love to go. I never tire of visits there, and so much so, I returned from a visit this weekend thinking that it is certainly up there as one of 'my happy places'. Why?

Fountains Abbey

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What's on in November and December

November and December, the time of year when the preparations for the festive season are well upon us and the calendar is packed full of local events every weekend in the run up to Christmas - from festive stalls through to running adventures, take your pick!

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November - Crafts in the Pen, Skipton Auction Mart - £5 for adults, free grotto for the children

Sunday 17 November, 1.30-4pm - Afternoon Tea & Pre-loved Clothing sale at Gargrave Village Hall in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance (£10 a ticket)

Friday 22 November, 7 for 7.30pm - Film night at Gargrave Village Hall, showing of the film 'Late Night'

Sunday 24 November - Great Skipton Santa Fun Run and Christmas Lights Switch on with festive entertainment

Saturday 30 November - Village Christmas Fayre 10am-12 noon, Gargrave Village Hall

Sunday 1 December - Skipton Christmas Market

Sunday 1 December - Gargrave Christmas Lights Switch on, 4.30pm & Mince Pies & Mulled Wine afterwards at church

Saturday 7 December - West Marton Pop-up Shop, 10am-3pm

Sunday 8 December - Skipton Christmas Market

A 5 mile route from Bank Newton to Gargrave

The second of 'walks from the doorstep' in our collection, here is a 5 mile circular walking/running route from the doorstep of Newton Grange Cottages to the village of Gargrave in North Yorkshire.

The route was followed in October, on a day of rapidly changing weather and a good dose of mud (check out the changing appearance of my trainers from start to finish!).

It was a joy to take in the perfectly rural scenes along the Leeds Liverpool Canal between Bank Newton and Gargrave, to get to know Gargrave and its amenities, and to take in the long range views on the climb out of the village along the Pennine Way footpath.

The route can also be started/finished in Gargrave where there are public car parks on Water Street and North Street. We always recommend taking a copy of the local Ordnance Survey map "OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western area" for this area with you. Copies are provided in each holiday cottage for guests to use.

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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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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.

Kilnsey Show - A great family day out

Kilnsey Show was a great fun-filled day on Tuesday. The setting of the showfield in Upper Wharfedale never ceases to impress and the landscape is as inspiring as it is beautiful. The day was action-packed from classes being judged in the morning, through to Falcony displays, the sound of the brass band playing, and watching Kilnsey Sports in the afternoon. A very big well done to all the organising team and to all those who entered the show too. Here are a few photographs from our day out.

Shire Horses at Kilnsey Show

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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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