On a Sunday afternoon when the news really doesn't get any better, we thought we would have a drive out through the Dales.
I have just finished reading Amanda Owen's A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess and the farmer (who is a true Dalesman) really wasn't sure where Ravenseat, her farm, was.
So we set off through Swaledale, into Arkengathdale and up to the Tan Hill pub (the highest pub in England) and then down back into Swaledale. We failed to find it, but we passed quite near as I have found by Googling it this morning.
But what a lovely drive we had, stopping for an ice cream in Reeth on the way back.
I thought you would like to see one or two of the photographs I took.
Here we are driving along the roof of the Pennines, through Arkengarthdale towards the Tan Hill pub - a very popular pub both with walkers and drivers in the Summer months, but often snowed up during the winter time. In the distance is the county of Durham.
I am sorry to say that I can't load any more pictures - nothing seems to work, so you will have to use your imagination until such time as things are working again.
In the meantime, it is interesting to note that all of the little Dales villages we drove through have the same problem - cars. I am sure the same problem applies to many villages in beauty spots throughout the country. These Dales cottages were built in local stone and were finished and inhabited long before the motor car was invented, so needless to say they had no garages (in any case, the original inhabitants of these cottages - lead miners, farm works, tradesmen and the like, would not have been able to afford a car). Now the narrowness of the roads (no more than lanes really), coupled with the fact that almost every household has one or even two, cars means that it is usually single traffic with a lot of waiting and a lot of courtesy to get through. But it is worth the wait.
Well, here's the Tan Hill pub - at least that has got one on. Now I will try another. Sorry hasn't worked. More tomorrow. Later I managed to get a shot of the narrow road in Gunnerside on to this post. Sadly it arrived in the top spot and I don't intend to tempt fate and try to move it. But is does give you some idea about the narrow roads.
Interesting name - Gunnerside - a viking name, as are any of the names around here.