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Travel Blogs from Richmond
... the end of our steady climb up Wharfdale, flowing east, and the beginnings of Dentdale and the river Dee flowing west.We arrived at the Sportsmans Inn with an hour or so til check-inn, and could have easily pressed on to the village of Dent. But that would have to wait until tomorrow. For now it’s a nice warm bath, pub dinner and sleep to the sound of the nearby river.
A bit of a hard slog today. We started with a scrumptious full English breakfast looking out the picture window into a beautiful garden where the birds were having their breakfast too. As we checked out a steady drizzle greeted us and kept us company until lunchtime as we tracked alongside the Wharfe and through nearby fields. Fortunately the rain was blowing at our backs and ...
... call from someone wanting to book for next July when the TOUR DE FRANCE goes through Kettlewell, past her door! She’s fully booked already and would like a pound for every call she gets asking about availability.
Dinner was across the road at the Blue Bell Inn, built in 1680. They had a curry and pint deal that night for 10 pounds - very nice. Janice couldn't finish her pint but fortunately I was able to help her with ...
Our first day of walking was a long one, at 22km, made just
a bit longer (+3km?) by my suggestion to start near our B&B at a rock formation called
the Cow and Calf and then down through the Ilkley Moor to the old bridge in the
town, the official starting point of the Dales Way.
The first part of the walk follows the river Wharfe through
some interesting villages and sites. We enjoyed the old church at Addingham ...
... sheep...... the Swalesdale variety.... They have funny speckled black faces, curly horns and dark speckled legs and they think they have the right of way over everything, everywhere.. Funny thing is....they do!!!
Guess what... our research has paid off. we have found the perfect eccles cake. It was hiding in a little bakery at Hawes in the Wensleydales. We ate it with relish, it even beat the ones we ate in York.
What will happen in York? Watch this space.