Knaresborough – “Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales”

Mother Shipton’s Cave – http://www.mothershipton.co.uk

Scotton Old Hall ~ once the home of Guy Fawkes

Scotton Old Hall ~ once the home of Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes Arms, Scotton

Guy Fawkes Arms, Scotton

Guy Fawkes Arms menu

Guy Fawkes Arms menu

Hammering our 20p into a money log/tree on the walk to Mother Shipton's Cave

Hammering our 20p into a money log/tree on the walk to Mother Shipton’s Cave

Lots of riverside wood carvings

Lots of riverside wood carvings

Boats beside our waterside lunch stop at Marigold’s

The House in the Rock

The House in the Rock

St Robert's cave

St Robert’s cave

Painted houses

Painted houses

Blind Jack

Blind Jack

Bri making a wish at the Wishing Well

Bri making a wish at the Wishing Well

Suzie making a wish at the Wishing Well

Suzie making a wish at the Wishing Well

Mother Shipton in her cave

The Petrifying Well

The Petrifying Well

Two-night stays are the theme at the moment.  Our most recent stop was at the Knaresborough Caravan Club Site which we have to say was pretty perfect for us.

On arrival we were told there were just a few pitches left, and we spotted an ideal one before going to fill up the water tank.  We thought that was the way things were done, just to see another motorhome arrive after us and drive straight to a pitch, leave two chairs out to bag the space and then go and fill up.  Fortunately for us, they seemed to misjudge things a bit, squeezing into a corner pitch and leaving us with a spacious grass pitch we’d already spotted (No.62) through the main site area up next to the play area (very quiet though, because the schools aren’t out for summer yet!).

There’s a cheerful little bar/bistro on site.  Varying reviews for it, but we found it convenient for our first night and decent food.  They’ll plate it up for you if you prefer to eat back at your pitch – which we did, sitting at a picnic table in the sun 🙂  The next day you just drop your plate back at the bar.

The next day we did some sightseeing by bike and by foot.  We cycled this route:

http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/media/12386128/knaresborough_caravan_club_cycle_ride_final.pdf

Points of interest: Waterside in Knaresborough has rowing boats, cafes, the impressive viaduct and Mother Shipton’s Cave. Abbey road in Knaresborough is home to The House in the Rock, Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag and St.Robert’s Cave. There is also Jacob Smith Park in Scriven.

Unfortunately, the House in the Rock & Chapel of Our Lady were closed the day we went, but we managed a brief glimpse of them.  We then stopped off at St Robert’s cave, walking a few steepish steps down.  As Bri ventured into the cave I heard a big splash followed by “oh, sh*t”.  It was pitch black with deep puddles so I decided to just view it from the outside, haha.  Blue plaques adorn the town which is full of people and places of historical interest.  We didn’t get into town to see the statue of Blind Jack, so we’ll have to go back again to meet him.

We had a delicious meal at Guy Fawkes Arms Pub in Scotton just down the road from Guy Fawkes childhood home and 5 minutes from our return to the campsite.  Then enjoyed a relaxing evening.

The weather was kind to us and all in all it was an interesting and fun couple of days.  Next stop Grassington.

ONWARD!

Suzie & Bri.

 

 

The oldest building in Knaresborough, apparently.

Impressive viaduct

Impressive viaduct

River Nidd

Hawes, North Yorks

The walk to Hardraw

The walk to Hardraw

Local wildlife

Local wildlife

Ribblehead viaduct on the way home

Ribblehead viaduct on the way home

Cosy Inn

Cosy Inn

Green Dragon Inn

Green Dragon Inn, Hardraw

Hardraw Force, England’s highest single drop waterfall.

Another two-nighter stay, this time at Hawes Caravan Club site North Yorkshire.  We walked and cycled our way around Hawes and the local area.

After pitching up we walked across fields, part of the Pennine Way, from the site to Hardraw to see the waterfall and eat at the Green Dragon Inn.  The waterfall was definitely a site worth visiting and is situated to the rear of the pub.  You pay at the bar, £2.50 each, and it’s just a 5 minute walk away.  The food was average but enjoyable and we had a few drinks before walking back to the site.  Bri reckoned the cask ales were on form and the choice was good.

http://www.greendragonhardraw.com

Next day we cycled into Hawes to the Wensleydale Creamery to see the visitor centre, creamery and museum.  At the end of the tour we tasted and bought a whole heap of cheese.

http://www.wensleydale.co.uk

We cycled on to the nearby village of Gayle where there’s a woodwork mill that has been restored.  However, we arrived between the hourly tours and overheard the guide giving a tour.  I’m sure it was interesting but it sounded a little ?.. Zzzz … So we cycled back to Hawes and had a wander round the local market, sweet shop, and pubs instead!

Another good break.  Couldn’t fault the site or location.

Next stop Knaresborough.

ONWARD!

Suzie & Bri

Ravenglass, Cumbria

Ravenglass sunset

Ravenglass sunset

Ravenglass & Eskdale railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale railway

Bri at Muncaster tarn on the Eskdale cycle trail

Bri at Muncaster tarn on the Eskdale cycle trail

Roman bath house ruin

Roman bath house ruin

Ravenglass estuary sunset

Ravenglass estuary sunset

Ravenglass estuary

Ravenglass estuary

Ravenglass estuary

Ravenglass estuary

Suzie, Ravenglass estuary

Suzie, watching the sun set

This was our second camping trip to Ravenglass, but our first time there in Jolly.   Our first trip was in a tent and involved spending one night during gale force winds, praying the tent stayed pitched and the humongous tree above didn’t crash down on us.  An experience we smile about now more than we did that night.

The Camping & Caravan Club site is ideally located for some serious cycle, foot and rail travel amongst spectacular scenery.

http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/cumbria/ravenglass/ravenglass

Ravenglass is a coastal hamlet lying on the estuary of three rivers – the  Esk, Mite and Irt.  On a clear evening the sunsets are to die for.  Can’t comment on the sunrises as we slept too well to see one ;-).  One evening, however, we sat by the estuary (obligatory beers in hand) watching an amazing sunset (my camera in my other hand) – see the pics attached.  It was perfect weather conditions that night and these are my favourite sunset shots to date.

Check out more about Ravenglass here: http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/ravenglass/

We visited Muncaster Castle on our first trip, taking in a guided tour around the home, and a leisurely walk around the grounds.  We also took the western railway to Whitehaven for the day on our first visit, so this time pursued an alternative adventure …

After an afternoon sitting in the sun when we arrived,  we ate at the Ratty Arms just 5 minutes from the site.  There was a whole bunch of folk musicians having a meet in the pub that night and randomly playing/singing.  It was a great atmosphere and we ended up drinking with them.  The headache the next day was worth it 🙂

Next day,we took the 40 minute Ravenglass & Eskdale steam railway journey from Ravenglass to Dalegarth, taking our bikes with us (pre-booked our tickets and bike space) for the return.  We biked the Eskdale Trail back, at our leisure approx. 9 miles in total that day.  Google it, if the weather’s pleasant it’s a fairly unchallenging ride.   On the return into Ravenglass you pass the ruins of an ancient Roman bath house.

We crammed plenty into 2 days and the sun shone, so happy days!

Next stop Hawes, Yorkshire Dales.

ONWARD!

Suzie & Bri

 

 

 

 

 

Sunny Settle, North Yorkshire

Settle

Settle

Bri on the cycle path

Bri on the cycle path

River Ribble

River Ribble

Suzie

Suzie

The big beast of a pudding!

The big beast of a pudding!

Giggleswick church

Giggleswick church

Old fashioned sweet shop, Giggleswick

Old fashioned sweet shop, Giggleswick

Black Bull pub, Giggleswick

Black Horse pub, Giggleswick

Just chilling by Jolly on site

Just chilling by Jolly on site

Settle selfie

Settle selfie

Enjoyed a few days in Settle, staying at Langcliffe Park Campsite.  We were lucky with the weather and came home with a tan 🙂

http://www.langcliffe.com

Settle town centre is approx. mile & half walk from the site,  Plenty of good places to eat and drink, we chose the Lion’s Den at  The Lion Pub on Duke Street.  We were not disappointed but were beaten by the size of the steak pudding!  Delicious.

We cycled and strolled around the local area, along the path by the River Ribble, spending an afternoon in Giggleswick, which has an old fashioned sweet shop well worth a visit.

For local walks in this area – http://www.walkinginyorkshire.co.uk/settle.php

Settle is so pretty and the campsite friendly and immaculately kept.  A definite for return visits in the future.  Had a great weekend.

Next stop Ravenglass.

ONWARD!

Suzie & Bri.