This year we decided for the first time to go away for Christmas. We booked a tiny cottage with a log fire in the Yorkshire Dales. We packed our wellies and headed for the lovely village of Kettlewell in Wharfedale.
Kettlewell is a very christmassy looking village with a couple of inns and lots of pheasants.The folk there are very friendly and everyone seems to own a couple of dogs……which was good for us as we took along our labrador Jake.Well Christmas would not be the same without him!
Both pubs in the village are dog friendly and popular with families and walkers.We ate in the Blue Bell and The Racehorses and they both served excellant food. If you like your real ales then both have a good selection especially the Blue Bell.
We knew before we booked that we were unlikely to get any mobile phone reception in Kettlewell. Looks like the locals had given up on theirs!
The village was very prettily decorated with lights and christmas wreaths hung on everyones doors.
Kettlewell also has a couple of tearooms.I only tried out ‘Zarinas’ which serves a vast selection of teapigs teas and delicous home made cakes.
There is a very well equipped Village Store, a Youth Hostel, an outdoor shop and a picture gallery in Kettlewell too.It is very popular with walkers as there are hills to walk up with great names like ‘Providence Pot’but as we have an aging labrador we restricted most of our ramblings to around the village and along the river.
one day we did have visitors. A couple of our friends bought their kids over and we had a lovely meal out and then did alot of splashing in puddles and admired one particular house which had a festive display of santas and snowmen.:)
But most of the time we just snuggled up by the fire. I think we will definatly go away for Christmas again oneday.Kettlewell is somewhere we would stay at any time of year.