On our first week of our holidays we were in Yorkshire, enjoying a relaxed week with friends and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Here’s just a few of our highlights. (I must give a recommendation if you’re ever looking to stay in West Yorkshire, our cottage in Denby Dale was homely and perfect for us and our friends who have two kids).
On our drive down to Denby Dale, we stopped off at the very pretty town of Hawes, one of the bigger towns in the Wensleydale area, and home to the Wensleydale Creamery. We may have bought quite a few varieties of Wensleydale to enjoy on an evening cheeseboard!
We also had a walk around the town which was full of character, and to supplement our packed lunch, we tried a Yorkshire cheesecake, also known as Curd Tarts. Curd tarts were traditionally baked for Whitsun, when many Yorkshire villages held festival feasts and fairs.
Hawes was also on the route for the Yorkshire Tour de France and this is obviously still very much part of the town’s identity with memorabilia and bikes all over the place!
There were of course, being a town nestled deep in the Yorkshire Dales, alternative forms of transport too…!
Added to that some lovely antiques and vintage shops, stone walls, and it’s own set of falls, Hawes and the surrounding area is definitely on the list to visit again some time (and that’s not just the cheese talking!).
When staying in Denby Dale, also did a couple of day trips. Before our friends joined us, we visited the National Coal Mining Musuem. We even got to don some hard hats and flashlights for a trip down the mines for a 90 minute tour. Our guide had 3 generations of mining experience behind him and was a brilliant tour guide. There’s also a sizeable museum with exhibits on everything you can think of connected to mining, including home life and language differences between the regional mines, as well as exhibits reflecting the political environment when the mines were eventually shut.
We also had a lovely stop off at the Pure North Cider Press in Holmfirth. The weather was awful so we weren’t able to explore the town but it meant I could enjoy a nice cup of mulled cider in the warm! Tucked right away up a tiny lane is a lovely little cafe. If we hadn’t have taken packed lunches we would have definitely had more than cake and drinks here as the apples used to make the cider were incorporated into a lot of the menu items.
Finally, a family friendly place that we all enjoyed was Cannon Hall Farm. Lots to see and do, including some newborn lambs, and some of my favourite – Highland cows (though it was a bit bizarre seeing them on a farm in Yorkshire than roaming free in the Highlands!). Look at that pile of piggies (and the smiling one below!). There was a really good Farm shop.
See you on Thursday for something entirely different, as I show you an alternative walking tour we took in East London!