Walking the Dales Highway

June 16th – 26th 2010

The Dalesman Inn June 23, 2010

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.



A perfect 26 hours – Day 7 Ribbleshead to Sedbergh June 22, 2010

Filed under: The walking — helenjbillingham @ 7:03 pm

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I’d like to say this was my favourite day, but you would all get bored by that. Instead, I’m going for my favourite 26 hrs in time.



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.



The sun beat us. Day 6 Settle to Ribbleshead

Filed under: The walking — helenjbillingham @ 6:34 pm

14 miles ahead of us today. Lots of route choices, including the challenging climb up to 750m to the top of Ingleborough, or the Ribblesway following the Ribble river.

We are distance people (well not even that really), not height people. We come from Bedfordshire, where it is pretty difficult to find anything resembling a hill. So we plumped for the river route.



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.



Guest House Gem – King William IV Settle

Filed under: The Hotels — helenjbillingham @ 5:16 pm

This is a real find. King William IV Guest House on the High Street in Settle is a fantastic B&B. I was going to treat myself to the Luxury Loft Apartment, but it turned out not to be ready, and instead we booked into the Black Sheep Room. (All their rooms are named after Yorkshire Ales – has to be a good sign).



Up, up and away – Day 5 Airton to Settle

Filed under: The walking — helenjbillingham @ 5:09 pm

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I have said it before, I know, but this might have been my favourite day. A short stretch along the river to Malham Cove where we got to watch the rare Peregrine Falcons flying around, a massive climb to the top, then gentle incline all the way across the moor, finishing with a steep climb down to Settle with huge views. Sun shining most of the way.