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Parcevall Hall Gardens.

Tucked away in stunning Wharfedale, the colourful yet tranquil Parcevall Hall Gardens are an almost hidden gem, which we visited whilst camping at  Howgill Lodge near Appletreewick.  An easy walk from the campsite, through the fields into the hamlet of Skyreholme, brought us to signage for the gardens and tea room. Having heard that dogs are welcomed ( on lead) , we thought we would take a look. There is a £7 entry fee for this English Heritage registered delight. You can also buy a map of the gardens and grounds.

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We decided to follow the suggested route on the map and one of the first places we came across, was a little tarn, which we let Hugo take a dip in. 🙂 There are twenty four acres of formal and woodland gardens to explore, which include many trees and shrubs, collected from West China and The Himalayas.  The then derelict Hall was bought in the 1920s by Sir William Milner ( 1893-1960) , who used his  horticulture skills to create the gardens.

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There are plenty of tranquil resting places to admire your surroundings. One such place is the Rock Garden, where there is a little pond. Also look out for the scattering of turkeys, who peck skittishly round the grounds.

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The Hall itself is not open to the public, and is used as a retreat by the Diocese of West Yorkshire. However the garden terraces in front of Parcevall welcome wanderers. 🙂 Parts of the building date back to the 1600s and the estate itself, once belonged to Bolton Priory.

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From the terraces there are stunning views over Wharfedale and toward Simon’s Seat, a rocky outcrop on the surrounding fells.

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Other areas in the grounds include a camelia walk, a herb garden, a rose garden, a chapel garden and an Orchard.  There is also an additional 8 acre woodland, which is separate from the main gardens. Tibet Wood was originally planted in 1944 by Italian prisoners of war and includes a mixture of Conifers and Bird Cherries.

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I was quite taken with the gardens as they really compliment the house and the marvelous Yorkshire views.  Our only bugbear was the tea room closed early that day, and we would have really appreciated a brew, after our wander round. Not to worry, we walked to the Craven Arms in Appletreewick instead..

Have you ever visited Parcevall Hall Gardens? 

Riverside Walk ~ Howgill to Grassington.

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Wil and Hugo, River Wharfe.

The weekend just gone, we packed our camping gear and headed for the Yorkshire Dales and a little site that has featured several times on this blog, Howgill Lodge Campsite near Appletreewick. Even though we have been there several times, we had never walked along the nearby river Wharfe to the village of Grassington before.  In fact we almost always head the other way toward Bolton Abbey. A lovely route, but time for a change!

The Dales Way  is an 84 -mile long footpath from Ilkley in West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria. Sorry folks I’m not really up for trekking that far just yet, so instead we did 13 miles ( pretty impressive I thought! ) from Howgill to Grassington and back. Here are a few pictures of things we saw on our way. 🙂

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Simon’s Seat up on the Grouse moor. Sadly not a place we can take Hugo, as dogs are strictly forbidden .
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Another lovely campsite Masons at Appletreewick.
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Masons is a great place to grab a coffee and homemade flapjack. 🙂
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This horse wasn’t bothered by us as we trundled by.
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Saw lots of pretty harebells on route. Witches were said to use the sap of these pale blue flowers, to turn themselves into hares.
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The Red Lion in Burnsall is the perfect place for a pint. 🙂
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Here’s an informative board about what kind of people have used the Dales Way.
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Due to heavy rains in the morning , the river was pretty wild past Burnsall.
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And the stepping stones at Hebden had all but disappeared , so we used the wobbly Suspension Bridge!
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Here Goes!
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A couple of miles later and we spy Linton Church.
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Anyone fancy a bit of white water rafting? Linton Falls.
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Pretty spectacular I think.
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Soon we are in the pretty village of Grassington.
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The Forester’s Arms is a good place for a chill.
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And there are some cute little gift shops.
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Walking back and we see these Greylag Geese.
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A typical Yorkshire sign!
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A Heron in a tree.
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And amazingly………a Green Woodpecker!  I was gobsmacked to see one….and actually get a photo. 🙂
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I love this sign for the Craven Arms at Appletreewick.
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They always have a great selection of Real ales and ciders. 🙂
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We head back to the campsite in the evening sunshine. 

Hope you enjoyed our mini Dales way ramble. I’m sure it actually was mini to my other half, but I’m quietly impressed with myself. Of course our pub stops probably cancelled out all the calories we burned!

Another post from the Yorkshire Dales coming up soon. x

A Dales Camping Trip. 30 Days Wild ~Days 23 to 25. 

Day 23 ~ Set up Camp.  Less than a week to go now, of the Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild challenge. It is becoming a challenge to find new things to do in the wild, but a camping trip can surely help with that.  However looking back to my wild moments of 2015 , I can see we went camping then too. And to the same place! Still, you can’t go wrong with a firm favourite, and Appletreewick in the Yorkshire Dales is somewhere we have returned to again and again.  Howgill Lodge Campsite is a 30 minutes walk along the river from the village, and is a great little site, popular with families and walkers. And it’s dog friendly too. 🙂

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The chickens usually arrive whilst camp is being set up. 🙂
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And bunnies play their part at keeping the grass short.

Howgill Lodge tries to do its bit for the environment and encourage wildlife. There are bird boxes around the site, wildflower areas, and solar panels for water, heating and lighting in the shower blocks.

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There is a Wildlife Board near the site entrance.

After setting up camp in the Yorkshire drizzle, we walked along the River Wharfe and ended up in one of the pubs in Appletreewick for a few drinks. Then we got comfy , the rain got worse, so we stopped for tea and more liquid refreshment! If you find yourself in the area I can definitely recommend the Craven Arms and Cruck Barn  for real ales, ciders and amazing food, adorned with wildflowers. 🙂

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Pan-fried Cod with Mussels. Spot the cornflower.

And the walk along the river is always beautiful, even in the rain. Some things reassuringly never change. Lots of glorious Common spotted orchids in bloom and a young Wild Swimmer, forever immortalised by a poignant plaque, as the Wharfe winds it’s way  through the woodland.

Day 24 ~ Wildlife along the River Wharfe.  As is tradition when we visit these parts, we decided to walk to Bolton Abbey and back.  With a lunch break, and me forever stopping to take pictures ( much to the annoyance of my other half, tee hee) , we were probably out walking for about 6 hours. Anyone else would be much quicker!  Here are a few million photos from the day.

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Giant Bellflower.
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You don’t need a wrist watch on this walk.
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Common Sandpiper.
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Not sure about this striking blue flower, maybe a garden escape.
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A lesser spotted Hugo.
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Nuthatch.
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Bolton Abbey.
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Grey Heron.  
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Goosander.
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Great Tits.
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Betony.
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Willow Warbler.
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Hugo has a Wild moment !
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Skippers on Scabious.

Day 25 ~ More from the Riverside.  Before heading home we took Hugo a walk from nearby Burnsall village to Hebden.  There is a choice of wibbly wobbly suspension bridge or stepping stones to cross the river.  Which would you choose?

And look out for these beautiful yellow flowers that adorn the river bank. I have seen them on previous visits, but only just managed to Id them.

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Mimulus aka Monkey Flower.

How is 30 Days Wild going for you? Thanks for joining me in the Dales. 🙂

A little Camping trip ~ Appletreewick ( Yorkshire Dales).

Happy Campers. :)
Happy Campers. 🙂

Summers here so we thought we would dust down the tent and head for the Yorkshire Dales. We stayed at Howgill lodge campsite about half an hours walk from Appletreewick. Its a little site we have frequented before as it isn’t to far away and the surrounding countryside is gorgeous. And the local pubs in the village aren’t bad either. 🙂

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Here are some pictures of the Craven Arms which along with the villages other pub, The New Inn, is on the Real Ales Trail. As you can see The Craven has its own homage to the Tour De France which shall be departing from Yorkshire next weekend…
The dish on the right is Wils supper one night ~ pigeon with beetroot rosti and wild mushrooms. Sorry my veggie blogger friends.

Appletreewick has another campsite too called Masons Farm which I love nosying round as it has a vintage airstream van and an old citroen that serves coffee at weekends to the campers. We have stopped here in the past too.

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Got a wee bit of walking in on our trip. The majestic ruins of Bolton Abbey are a two hour stroll along the river. Well worth it. 🙂

Foxglove.
Foxglove.
Saw lots of these birds on the river. Its a Goosander.
Saw lots of these birds on the river. Its a Goosander.

Birds here fish for Cray fish.There were a few along the river bank.
Birds here fish for Cray fish.There were a few along the river bank.

Scabious.
Scabious.
Common spotted orchids.
Common spotted orchids.

Bolton Abbey.
Bolton Abbey.
Kids can do the Welly walk.
Kids can do the Welly walk.
And big kids !
And big kids !
Good practice before the river stepping stones.
Good practice before the river stepping stones.

Back at the camp site we had our fair share of friendly visitors. Its a haven for wildlife. We saw a Greater Spotted woodpecker and heard a cuckoo every morning and owls hooting every night.

Camping Cat.
Camping Cat.
Chickens roam the camp site.
Chickens roam the camp site.

We also went for a bit of a reccy along the route of the first stage of the tour. If your in Yorkshire in the next few days , you can’t fail to notice how all the villages lining the way are celebrating their inclusion in this iconic event. 🙂

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So Yorkshire has gone Yellow! Hopefully I will be blogging again about another imminent camping trip very soon, as we are heading for Yorkshire and The King Of The Mountains Festival next weekend. 🙂

This post is Junes blog in the #ttake12trips challenge.

Chilled Camping Trip in the Yorkshire Dales.

We thought we would make the most of this glorious sunshine and have a short weekend break away in our tent. We certainly hit the jackpot with the weather hey ! The campsite we chose is one we have been to previously, Howgill Lodge near the pretty village of Appletreewick in the Yorkshire Dales. Howgill Lodgeis a family run campsite which takes caravans,camper vans and tents. We camped in the bottom field without electric, two adults,one tent and one dog ~ £20 per night.

Howgill Lodge Campsite.
Howgill Lodge Campsite.

Because it was so hot we decided to mostly chill outside the tent. 🙂 On Friday eve we had a barbecue, using our Cobb Barbecue which by the way is a brilliant totally portable little barbie, extremely handy for taking camping. We loved that every pitch at Howgill Lodge has its own picnic bench. How good is that when the weather is so perfect! So all meals and any cooking we did was all prepared and eaten outside. Lots of relaxing and reading too. My reading rut , I think has ended. I started and finished The Great Gatsby ( hurrah ) and settled down with some good magazines.

Settling down with The Simple Things.
Settling down with The Simple Things.
An extra guest for dinner.
An extra guest for dinner.

On Saturday we ventured away from our tent and drove the short drive to the lovely Priory ruins of Bolton Abbey. That may sound super lazy but our old labrador Jake can no longer walk very far. In the past we have enjoyed leisurely ambles along the river to the Bolton Abbey estate. This time we parked in one of the three designated car parks . There is a £7 charge for the day. Jake enjoyed messing about in the river as did we ! Its a brill place to go for a picnic and there is lots of wildlife. I spotted a dipper,goosander and a heron. 🙂

The Priory ruins.
The Priory ruins.
Messing about in the river.
Messing about in the river.

Saturday evening we took the car into Appletreewick and ate out at one of the two pubs. Again, the village is within short walking distance. We only drove because Jake cannot manage the journey anymore. The Craven arms was our chosen destination. If you love yummy pub grub and real ales and a touch of quirky decor you will adore the Craven. Check out the wise words of the weather stone hanging outside the front door. And look for the bar stool which the posterior of actress Linda Grey ( Su Ellen in Dallas ) has apparently graced. Who Knew !

The Weather Stone.
The Weather Stone.
Fish and Chips at the Craven.
Fish and Chips at the Craven.

All in all we had a really relaxed weekend and it was great just to chill, enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. How did you spend the scorcher of a weekend? We were absolutely back home to watch the nail biting Wimbledon final. A huge Well Done to Andy Murray ! 🙂

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