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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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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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Yorkshire's Favourite Summits - The Three Peaks

I was reminded the other day of the joy that is climbing a new summit for the first time. Of the rewarding feeling that you get when you get to the top of a hill, a ridge with a wonderful panorama or perhaps, even, a great big mountain.

I was driving along and saw two of Yorkshire’s ‘three’ iconic peaks – Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough – from the roadside. So I pulled over, and stopped to grab my camera and take a few photographs. I wasn’t hiking that day, or even planning to, but I wanted just to pause and capture them on camera. It reminded me of the two occasions when I walked the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks and loved the sense of achievement and stunning views along the way.

So here they are…

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About the farm

Newton Grange Farm is a 240 acre working sheep farm that has been in our family since the 1980s. The farm is a mixture of grassland for grazing our sheep flock and woodland copses and shelter belts which support a range of bird life.

The farm came back in hand in 2000 when a period of restoration and renewal began, first updating the Grade II listed buildings – the farmhouse and the Chapel – and later converting some of the farm buildings in to self catering cottages.

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