Out and about in the Yorkshire Dales – Our little guide

A week in the Yorkshire Dales, it’s bloomin lovely up there.  After our stop at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park we carried on up to the Dales to our our little cottage for the week. Hidden away down a long lane was Robbin Middlecottage in Hebden.  If you’re after a self catering family holiday, happy to be in almost the middle of nowhere and provide your own entertainment this is perfect!  It’s was our third visit here and we still think it’s the nicest holiday cottage we’ve ever been to.  The cottage itself is really nice and simple and well laid out.  What’s even better is they can provide high chairs, travel cots and have basketful of toys and loads of children’s books. Also when we arrived there was a freshly baked cake and milk in the fridge, you can’t get much better than that!

The back garden

The location is stunning.  Outside there are a couple of rope swings and a beck with a little troll bridge. Here’s some of the things we got up to whilst we were there.

A little bit of mud along the way

A walk down to the River Wharfe in Hebden.  The river is only about 2km from the cottage, but this is just a little too far for The Farmer, he also had a virus/outdoors allergy, so we parked in the centre of the village.  There’s quite a nice cafe in Hebden, The Old School Tea Room, a little bit pricey, but nice food and welcoming. Next door is a small playground (we win bonus points for that) and then a nice walk along a stream to the river.  

The River Wharfe monster

At the river is this brilliant suspension bridge, which you HAVE to bounce across.  We even spotted a crayfish, first one I’ve ever seen, alive, in a river, just hope it was the white clawed type. Sunday we headed to Grassington farmer’s market, with our friends from Harrogate who visited for the day.  Two bigger boys visiting, The Fireman was so happy and they had toys guns, they were his immediate new best friends. Held on the third Sunday of each month, the market sells lots of yummy pies, cheeses, samosas, and cakes, which of course we bought and then devoured in the picnic area, was it cold sat out there?? No!!! Oh I mean Yes!!! To warm up we walked down the the River Wharfe at Linton Falls this time. Linton Falls is a spectacular set of waterfalls and rapids and offered the chance to lob stones into the river, happy, happy, happy boys.  I even managed to get a quick run in, on a glorious afternoon whilst the sun was setting, good job as it rained for the rest of the week! Regardless of the rain we still had a trip to Brimham Rocks.  This is such an amazing place and quite surreal, like you’ve landed on another planet.  The Fireman was so excited, he’s been talking about rock climbing for a while.  Brimham is a giant rock climbing playground!

He adopted more of a caving technique than that of climbing

On our way to Brimham we picked up some pork pies from H Weatherhead in Pateley Bridge, I cannot describe how delicious these pies are, especially when warm.  Eventually we had to run away from Brimham due to The Farmer being upset and the rain. After another day pottering about and a visit to Pateley Bridge playground, we stopped at Greenhow on our way back to have a walk up to The Coldstones Cut . The Farmer being unwell stayed with me in the car listening to hits like Bob the Builder and Incy Wincy Spider, crazy stuff, whilst The Cyclist and The Fireman walked up.  Here’s picture from last year.  It’s a brilliant piece of public artwork which leads to an even more brilliant view of a working quarry, cue a very excited Fireman. That night we treated ourselves to dinner at at The Fountaine Inn, Linton, excellent food and beer. Another trip was to Skipton Castle, I’ll do a separate post for this one as it was very good. On a very rainy day we drove over to Hawes, it was a lot further than I thought, but a trip to the Wensleydale creamery cheered us all up.  They have a nice cafe, we just tried the coffee shop, I was impressed as all the food seemed homemade, reasonably priced and very tasty. Of course whilst there we tested a little cheese 🙂 All very yummy but cheese should not contain fruit, just saying. It was a tiring week with an unwell two year old who woke up numerous times each night and lots of rain during the day, but it was nice to have some time together and I hope they have good memories.  There’s still so much to explore in the dales though, until next year I shall have fond memories of rocks and pork pies……..