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Exploring The Forest Of Bowland

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20th & 21st June'16:
Proud of their heritage & rich cultural history & with a reputation for good cuisine.!!..That's what you get when you are in the Ribble Valley & that's where I've been hiding out for the last two days. Basing myself at the YHA in Slaidburn could not have been a better spot to go & explore, whether you're hiking, cycling or even driving. There are a number of quaint & pretty little villages dotted within this valley & unspoilt countryside..Newton-in-Bowland/ Tosside/Bolton-By-Bowland/Gisburn/Pendle Hill & Clitheroe are just a few... and it all lies in an area named the Forest Of Bowland which has been designated as an Area Of Outstanding Beauty in England and rightly so.. The other advantage in this area is that most of the villages or hamlets are within walking distance, & with a pub or inn in each one your quench for thirst could be for all the wrong reasons..There are a few awesome tasting ales being produced at local breweries here.!!!
The hostel holds it's own piece of local history having started out as a coaching inn back in the 17th. century & formerly known as the Black Bull while the local pub opposite, interestingly called the Hark To Bounty was so named after a favourite hound belonging to the Lord of the Manor..
It's been an interesting past weekend too, highlighting an amazing catchup after six years with friends Christina & Malcolm Usher whom we've known when we lived in Tasmania. They coincidentally happened to be holidaying in the UK at the same time & were on there way up to the Yorkshire Dales .. Drinks & tea at "The Shovels" in St. Annes On Sea was the ideal spot to celebrate.
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Posted by wattslee 07:42 Archived in England Tagged landscapes mountains bridges churches buildings people trees accommodation history traditional hotel sheep valley forest yorkshire yha bowland Comments (0)

"Walking The Wall Of Fame"

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Wednesday: 16th.June '06..
Well the exciting news for the this week since I've been back from the Yorkshire Dales was, I've unexpectedly landed a few hours of voluntary work at Lytham Hall with the restoration group for the National Trust..It may only be 4 to 5 hours in the week & between my travel itinirary, but I've found another way of making new friends & getting to know the locals..
Headed north to the county of Northumberland yesterday for a couple of nights in the YHA Ninebanks & a walk or two along Hadrians Wall... Once again check-in was not till late afternoon so it gave me some time to gather my bearings in the vicinity and squeezed in a long walk along Hadrian's Wall near the historic site of the Roman Vindolanda Fort..
Almost 2000 years old the site in itself is an ongoing research & education facility, with excavations taking place throughout the year and discoveries of various Roman artefacts being found & uncovered continuously..
Thursday has been a full on day with a couple of big walks on the programme..No complaints though, as it turned out to be as expected.. Awesome & Exciting..!!!. A touch weary by the end of the day but nothing that a good local ale cannot cure.!!..The English weather once again behaved for me, though their was a cold bite to the winds coming across from the Scottish side of the wall earlier in the day..
Walking along this piece of Roman history does make you ponder about an empire that probably once covered & ruled a then known world.. Over 80 miles long & six metres in height at certain points, according to historical facts Hadrian's Wall was built by over 15,000 men in under six years & lasted for nearly three centuries.. And all that to try & keep the Scots out..!!!!
YHA Ninebanks is approximately a half an hour's drive away from the nearest point to Hadrian's Wall, though in a beautiful area with some awesome views over the valley..Situated near the site of an old 19th. century lead mine, Uniquely, the hostel too shares a major role in some amazing mining history within the area.!!!!P6170548.jpgP6160536.jpgP6160531.jpgP6160526.jpgP6160512.jpgP6160500.jpgP6160493.jpgP6160488.jpgP6160486.jpgP6160037.jpgP6150452.jpgP6150443.jpgP6150435.jpgP6150434.jpgP6110368.jpg

Posted by wattslee 14:25 Archived in England Tagged mountains buildings people accommodation history roman army wall Comments (0)

"The Joys Of Youth Hostelling"

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11th.June'16...Raining today but it still has it's benefits. I've managed to check out the tiny village of Malham & had a bite to eat with a local ale in one of the two pubs in town..Well, what else is their to do on a wet day in the Yorkshire Dales.!?!..
As YHAs go Malham is a good clean hostel & very central to all activities primed for this area of the Yorkshire Dales..The only weakness would be the wifi at times, but then it is out in the sticks & the weekend, when it's obviously the busy period with a host of walkers/climbers/cyclists etc. checking in & getting away from the 9 to 5 weekly routine..As long as you get a comfortable night's sleep after a few hours of healthy activity in the outdoors & then a good breakfast in the morning to fuel you up for the day & then, at a fraction of the price of a hotel or B&B..Sensible budget travelling is how I would describe it..!!!P6110368.jpgP6110363.jpgP6100359.jpgP6100356.jpgP6100355.jpgP6100354.jpgP6100352.jpgP6100351.jpgP6100349.jpgP6100347.jpg
Another popular event here with walkers & fell runners tends to be the Three Peaks Challenge (Whernside/Ingleborough & Pen-y-ghent). Whether it be a personal, team or a charity challenge, the idea is to finish the 25 miles in under 12 hours..Traditionally, the Penyghent cafe in Horton-in-Ribblesdale is the place to clock in & out for this walk .. Having booked midweek I did share the premises with a couple of primary school class groups and a German and Finnish family who shared some interesting & funny stories of their holiday in England..So hostelling does have it's perks when travelling. Meeting & making friends from all walks of life as you travel is always a fun & interesting experience.!!
Malham Tarn...next stop on my list.....

Posted by wattslee 01:09 Archived in England Tagged landscapes mountains buildings people accommodation traditional yorkshire dales malham Comments (0)

"The Beauty Of The Yorkshire Dales"

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Friday: 10th. June'16..
About time for another update before I forget my daily dose of activities while I am here.. Tuesday was another morning walk through the country park in the Lytham Hall grounds & a small stock up at my favourite shop "Aldi" to fuel me for the walks in Yorkshire & Wednesday was a mother & son bonding day with a lunch date .!!.
An hour & a half's drive from St Annes on Sea on Thursday & I am in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for the next three days..
Staying in the heart of the Dales at the YHA Malham it's the perfect spot for exploring the outstanding landscape & history of the area..Walks & trails range from the easy to the more serious & strenuous for the seasoned trekker.. Me.. Well I'm more for the moderate style & have to keep reminding myself ... Relaaaax.!. I'm here on holiday.!!.
Seeing as I was not due to check in at the YHA until 5pm. I did the just over 7kms (4.5miles) Malham Spectacular yesterday with a couple of slight detours .. An awesome walk on an awesome warm & sunny day, which takes in all the major points of interests with some picturesque scenery and limestone terrain to boot..It's the ideal walk for the first timer here and also if you are limited for time within the area.!!..You also take in part of the famous Pennine Way on most of the walks in the area, including this one...."Simply Breathtaking.!!."
It's a vastly different sort of a day today though, thus giving me time for this update, but according to the weather forecast the rain is supposed to ease this afternoon..Daylight saving helps here too and with the sun not setting till around 10pm. it still gives me plenty of time to get out there and explore more of the region.!!.. A couple of primary school classes from nearby local schools are staying here too & have taken a keen interest in my Aussie flora & fauna pics. on the Macbook while on their lunch break.. With an authoritive teacher's okay obviously.!!. Kangaroos/Koalas/Kookaburras/ Lizards & Snakes..They're fascinated & totally intrigued.!!!!
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Posted by wattslee 04:58 Archived in England Tagged me landscapes waterfalls mountains bridges buildings yorkshire dales malham Comments (0)

"Enjoying Rare & Treasured Moments With Family..!!"

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It may be an adventure of a lifetime but as important & special are times spent with family..especially when we don't live quite next door or even in the same country..So that's been the case these last few days, until I head to the hills of North Yorkshire early on Thursday morning for the first of my trail walks/treks/tramps or whatever you may want to call them, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park ..Let's hope the weather plays it's part & stays as favourable as it has since I've arrived..Gotta make the best of it.!!..
Mum, sister Donna & Dave live in the little 19th century resort township of St. Annes On Sea just a few kms. south of Blackpool & overlooking the Irish Sea ..Made famous mainly for it's international golf course & I guess the prominent & historical landmark of St.
Annes Pier dating back to the 1800s.
The neighbouring town of Lytham is equally popular with it's landmark Windmill by the sea & one of my favourite places for a stroll..the gardens of the iconic 18th. century Georgian country home "Lytham Hall".. Ideally located close to where Donna works, it's the perfect reason & excuse to drop her off in the morning & it saves her catching the bus to the office too..Works both ways I guess.!!..P6070250.jpgP6070243.jpgP6070241.jpgP6070237.jpgP6070229.jpgP6070224.jpgP6070221.jpgP6070219.jpgP6070215.jpgP6070212.jpgP6060202.jpgP6060190.jpg

Posted by wattslee 07:49 Archived in England Comments (0)

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