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A lovely Autumnal walk in the Yorkshire Dales

Written by Kirsty Jones on

Llama in the Yorkshire Dales

What better way to spend a lovely September afternoon than a walk in the Yorkshire Dales followed by a well-earned beer? For those of you who love to walk, then the Dales is a haven and here is a mid-range circular walk myself and a few friends did last weekend. The walk itself took 3.5-4 hours and is roughly 11 miles long.

We started just north of Bolton Abbey (great place to explore with beautiful grounds but a touch expensive at £7 to park) and parked for free here  just across the bridge by Barden off the B6160. This conveniently picks the “Dales Way” immediately.

We set off following the river to an aqueduct – opposite this we followed directions to Simon’s Seat. A steady climb took us through fields, a few flocks of sheep, heather and a pretty woodland. We continued uphill until we reached Simon’s seat itself – a great place to stop and enjoy the view. A few were enjoying their sandwiches on the rock formations.

We then dropped down into Skyreholme and on to Appletreewick. On the way we spotted a couple of cheeky Lama's in a field - they looked like little cartoon characters popping their heads up over the dry stone wall! Afterwards we stopped at a charming little pub called the Craven Arms and had a well-deserved beer. A vintage wedding was on in the thatched small barn which looked lovely. The food looked good but we forced ourselves not to get ensconced and carried along the river back to Barden and our car feeling thoroughly refreshed.

That evening we headed into Keighley – not the prettiest place in the world but they do a fantastic curry. Try the Shimla Spice which recently won the best curry house in England and deservedly so!

We have a number of cottages in the Skipton area which are slap bang in the middle of this beautiful walking area. This walk was just one of many available in the Yorkshire Dales – why not get away from it all and have a long weekend enjoying the countryside and wonderful pubs in God’s own?

Kirsty Jones

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