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Travel Blogs from Arrathorne
... 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.
... like double so it was a relief to arrive around 5pm. There’s not much at Oughtershaw, just a few houses, and the two farms nearby that provide accommodation are really quite remote on the high moorlands.
Our host Freya at Swarthghyll said their barn/bunk accommodation that sleeps forty was booked out, by regular cycling visitors, for next year’s Tour ...
... 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 ...
... only bad clothes".
A pub dinner was planned (at the Bar T'at*), but we couldn't hold out until 5:30pm opening so we had pretty good pizza at 4pm (midnight on the body-clock) and went home for an early night.
* Bar T'at is a chain of pubs, one in Ilkley of course. The name, as Ian informed us, incredulous that we'd never heard it, is from the "famous" unofficial anthem of Yorkshire, ...