Walking the Dales Highway

June 16th – 26th 2010

The Royal Oak Appleby June 24, 2010

Filed under: Food,The Hotels — helenjbillingham @ 8:45 pm

It’s an expensive one – £95 for a standard room – so expectations were high. And the Royal Oak Appleby doesn’t disappoint. It is too far out of town, I didn’t check that. But the room is very big, with a huge bed, a lovely bathroom, ipod docking station, and patio doors onto a semi-private garden.

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The Black Swan – the pub is the hub June 23, 2010

Filed under: Food,The Hotels — helenjbillingham @ 7:57 pm

I’m quite good at this choosing hotel business – we have found another star here. Admittedly it is pretty much the only place you can stay in Ravenstonedale, but the official Dales Highway route actually bypasses Ravenstonedale, finishing for the day at Newbiggin under Lune. With no pubs there, that wasn’t an option.

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The Dalesman Inn

Filed under: Food,The Hotels — helenjbillingham @ 7:27 pm

Sedbergh is a small town, I expected more somehow. But we had picked the best place in town to stay the night. The Dalesman Inn is classy. The room was gorgeous – the nicest so far. Huge with beams, a sofa and a really nice bathroom. The toiletries were supplied by the Sedbergh Toiletry Company – and smell heavenly.

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Station Inn – a room with a view June 21, 2010

Filed under: Food,The Hotels — helenjbillingham @ 7:46 pm

If you don’t know about the Settle to Carlisle railway or the Ribbleshead viaduct, then this won’t mean much. But we are staying tonight in the Station Inn, right under said viaduct.

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Food with Gusto June 20, 2010

Filed under: Food — helenjbillingham @ 7:59 pm

Really, I hope no-one reads this. We went for Pizza tonight, not really expecting much. We spotted Gusto in the Shambles in Settle. It only has 5 tables, and is the tiniest place you can imagine. The kitchen is open, and on the left as you go in. From here, they rustle up the best dough balls, a range of great pizzas and pastas, and even some full meal specials like a lamb roast dinner. How, I don’t know, but they do.

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Lindon Guest House, Airton

Filed under: Food,The Hotels — helenjbillingham @ 4:52 pm

We wanted to stay in Malham really, but most places would only accept two night bookings at a weekend, and the only one that didn’t, The Lister Arms, was fully booked. So we took a detour and booked the Lindon Guest House in Airton.

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Day Four: Skipton to Airton

Filed under: Food,The walking — helenjbillingham @ 4:45 pm

A bit of a trek today. The official Dales Highway goes from Skipton up to Malham, which looks like a beautiful walk. Our accommodation in Airton, meant a detour. 4 miles along the Liverpool Leeds canal, followed by 5 miles of the Pennine Way. There were some amazing views, and the last river stretch into Airton was very beautiful. But the cold wind made the rest of it seem hard work.

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