Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday 29th August 2010: Reeth and Arkengarthdale

Our original intention was to go to Fountains Abbey, but we woke to the sound of rain and high winds and opted for a tour instead.
We headed for Reeth, stopping on the way past the army artillery ranges for our morning coffee and Grasmere Gingerbread

After Reeth we travelled up Arkengarthdale as far as Tan Hill, then turned for Keld, Pat took this one on the way
There are some beautiful villages along here, and we stopped for a while to let the sunshine creep slowly over the village till it was just how we wanted it.
We passed through Thwaite and headed back to Reeth where we bought a Cornish pasty each and a piece of flapjack from the Bakers, enjoying them in the car on the village green, it was sunny, but the wind was strong and chill, much more comfortable in the car!
I didn't want to go back just yet, so as we left Reeth I doubled back along very narrow and steep roads to Askrigg and was rewarded with some marvellous views

I believe that is the village of Gunnerside, just look at the way the dappled sunlight models the hillside!
And another view down Swaledale, just before we ascended onto the rather bleak high moor
And here is the view as we descend to Askrigg, it had been a very pleasant tour around a district that is rightly described as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"This evening we had an "American Supper" and of course everyone brought too much food, so there was a great deal left over. Cath Anderson put on a Bingo and for once George won!
another good night with out friends!

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