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7th May 2016 - 12th May 2016

A week in the Yorkshire Dales.
An opportunity to take photographs with my new Nikon D7200, the D300 which has served me so well since September 2009 is now on its way to Canada for our daughter Rhiain to use. We are staying at Stoneland Farm Cottages Click here . . . a place we last stayed at in 2012 near the village of Litton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

 Old Barn, Littondale. (the first photograph taken with the Nikon D7200.)
Old Barn, Littondale. (the first photograph taken with the Nikon D7200.)


Saturday 7th May 2016
A 4 mile walk along Littondale to the village of Arncliffe and then midnight walking down to an old barn to photograph it with the Milky Way in the background, with mixed results, some more "homework" is required before my next attempt.

Old Barn, Littondale.
Old Barn, Littondale.
Milky Way, Littondale.
Milky Way, Littondale.


Sunday 8th May 2016
Another long walk along Littondale, the opposite way to yesterday towards the small hamlet of Nether Heseldon. Stopping on the way back at the 17th century Queens Arms in Litton for refreshments. It couldn't get any better they sold Aspall's cider on draft, definitely the best cider we have ever tasted.

Heber Side Barns, near Hatton Gill.
Heber Side Barns, near Hatton Gill.


Monday 9th May 2016
A drive today across Darnbrook and Fawcett Fells to Malham, parking at the pack-horse bridge near Gordale Scar and having our "usual" cup of tea from the mobile kiosk. After a short walk to Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss, we embarked on the long walk to Malham Cove, a walk we were unable to complete in 2012 due to my back problem, which made it much more satisfying this time to be able to see it and photograph it close-up.

Janet's Foss.
Janet's Foss.
Malham Cove.
Malham Cove.


Tuesday 10th May 2016
Waterfalls to photograph today as we drove to Hawes in Wensleydale the little market town which is England's highest, at 850 feet above sea level. Unfortunately the picturesque road through Langstrothdale and across Langstrothdale Chase was closed so we had to (and on our subsequent drives this way) take the main A684, pretty but not as pretty.

Cauldron Falls, West Burton.
Cauldron Falls, West Burton.
 Cauldron Falls, West Burton.
Cauldron Falls, West Burton.
 Aysgill Force, Hawes.
Aysgill Force, Hawes.
Cotter Force, near Hawes.
Cotter Force, near Hawes.


Wednesday 11th May 2016
A chance to experience the drive over Buttertubs Pass, Click here . . . described as England’s truly spectacular road by Jeremy Clarkson. This enjoyable drive took us through some of the most picturesque villages in Swaledale with great names like Muker and Keld. We parked at Keld for a short walk along the Pennine Way to Kisdon Force, a great place to stop for our picnic lunch, although when we arrived back at the village we couldn't resist stopping at the tea-room for a cuppa and Eccles cake!

The Buttertubs.
The Buttertubs.
 Wain Wath Force, near Keld.
Wain Wath Force, near Keld.
Kisdon Force, Keld.
Kisdon Force, Keld.
Kisdon Force, Keld.
Kisdon Force, Keld.


Thursday 12th May 2016
Along Littondale and across Darnbrook and Fawcett Fells once more to Stainforth and then to Ribblesdale passing close to the iconic Ribblehead viaduct, with happy memories of our stay overnight in the Station Inn car park there in our motorhome May 2013 and the meal we had there in June of the same year with our New Zealand friends Brian and Judy. First stop today was Dent in Cumbria (but still very confusingly in the Yorkshire Dales National Park) and a visit to the Heritage Museum before continuing through Kirby Stephen towards Swaledale stopping to photograph (for the 3rd time) the ruins of Pendragon Castle. Crackpot Hall the very name required us to visit it! Very interesting BB3 article, Click here . . . We were very close yesterday at Kisdon Force but we were unable to find it, the lady at the tea-room in Keld yesterday gave us better directions "past the Force and take the path just past the tractor wreck" (see photo below), uphill all the way but it was worth it for the view along Swaledale. we returned to the car-park at Keld AND of course stopped at the tea-room, we won't go there again . . . they had ran out of Eccles cakes!

Littondale.
Littondale.
Ribblehead Viaduct.
Ribblehead Viaduct.
Dent Head Viaduct.
Dent Head Viaduct.
Pendragon Castle.
Pendragon Castle.
"The Tractor Wreck."
"The Tractor Wreck."
Crackpot Hall and view of Swaledale.
Crackpot Hall and view of Swaledale.