Back in the Dales
Yep half term holiday was spent in Yorkshire again. Much more holidaying up there and I think we need to move house, we spent many hours daydreaming of living in the Dales, but for now we’re sticking to Derby. We stayed in the same cottage at Hebden and did similar things to last year. Although this year we aimed to get the boys waking a bit more. We figure if we could get the boys enjoying going for a walk and exploring then it makes holidays much easier, easier to occupy and entertain them. We really don’t want to have to rely on big family attractions and just stick to them as special treats. So we did quite a bit of walking, usually 2-3 miles, which for a four and three year old is more than enough.
Our first walk was just a short walk around Grassington centre, down to the river then along the river to Linton Falls and back up the footpath to the car park, which was just over a mile. The Farmer was reluctant at first, but as soon as we’re off the roads and there’s space to run, he’s more than happy.
Linton Falls is very impressive, there are some beautiful houses alongside the falls, but I can imagine the water being so loud. We’d been to visit the farmer’s market that day and went home happily with masses of cheese and sausage.
The next walk we did was from our cottage in Hedben, down the footpath next to the beck to the village centre. From there we followed another footpath down to the River Wharfe and had a bounce on the suspension bridge.
We had a box of nuts and raisins to keep us fuelled along the way. For almost all of this section we had been walking in pouring rain, yet the boys were still happy, even happier when they discovered the chocolate bars we hid!
We walked back up to the village centre to the cafe for lunch. Now why on earth I decided to wear jeans I do not know?? We were all soaked. A nice big lunch with chips seemed to help us forget. We carried on back to the cottage, the walk back along the lane was tougher, being uphill, but I was so proud of them for doing it with only a tiny bit of complaint at the last bit.
The next day we visited Brimham Rocks, another chance to make use of our NT membership, free parking. We probably walked a couple of miles, but none of us really noticed because the place is so fascinating with it’s hundreds of boulders to scramble over and around.
We fuelled up with pork pies from Pateley Bridge, I could so eat one of those right now. The puddles were also good for a bit of jumping in wellies
Our final walk was in perfect sunshine, for a perfect place. Malhamdale. A walk down to Malham Cove and back over the fields on a sunny day was brilliant. The beck was almost in flood due to the two previous days of heavy rainfall.
We had a lovely picnic in the sunshine. I think The Farmer was actually starting to enjoy being out walking, or maybe he was hating it due to fact he wanted to run everywhere, laughing crazily as he went. Back in the village and there were more bars of chocolate hidden in the trees 🙂
Both The Cyclist and I decided for the moment we might as well walk in our wellies, it encourages the boys to wear theirs without a fight and to be honest for such a short distance, a comfortable, supportive walking boot would not be necessary, but for our next outing I really need to find some nice welly socks!! Please let me know if there’s any you can recommend?!