Touring The Dales

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My Dad and I spent a fabulous afternoon in the company of Jason Richardson the owner of  Yorkshire Trike Tours. His company has been up and running for a few years now and they have a Tripadvisor  Certificate of Excellence 2019 for the 4th year on the trot.  They have also just been shortlisted in the North Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business Category of the Rural Business Awards 2019/20.

We met with Jason and his Mustang Boom Trike at the White Bear Inn set in the beautiful village of Masham North Yorkshire. All suited and booted ready for our Tour. We set off and headed off. The weather was glorious and the sights were breathtaking. We drove through the dales and I clicked away away as we did. We headed up to The Tan Hill Inn a 17th century pub within The Yorkshire Dales; it holds the record at been the highest pub in England standing at 1,732ft above sea level. Here we enjoyed a lovely cuppa and a delicious piece of cake.

Was an afternoon to remember with a fantastic route: Nidderdale: Masham, East Witton, Middleham, Wensleydale: Wensley, West Witton, Bainbridge, Hawes, Buttertubs Pass, Swaledale: Muker, Gunnerside, Low Row, Reeth, Grinton Moor, Leyburn before finishing back at Masham.

Bit Of A Refurb

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It is believed that Keighley Museum was established in 1892, because that is when its first location, Eastwood House, Keighley, was purchased for the public. In 1950 the local benefactor Sir Bracewell Smith purchased Cliffe Castle, and had it redesigned as a museum and art gallery for the people of Keighley.

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A lovely wander through the recently refurbed grounds of Cliffe Castle in Keighley was lovely to see the paths clear and the grounds looking pristine. I’m looking forward to going back around in the Summer when all the flowers will be in bloom adding colour to the park.

A Sunny Stroll

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Another lovely day so decided to go for a wander round Embsay Reservoir. This place is the property of Yorkshire water and the Craven Sailing Club also uses the reservoir. This is a lovely place to have a wander and its not to much of a walk round unless you decide to go up hill to the Embsay Crag.

Sunny Views

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Had a lovely wander around this lake. A popular spot for the keen angler to sit and ponder while they wit for a bite on their fishing rods. The angling club has been running for quite a few years and has grown in size.

The Brighouse Angling Association was founded in 1928 as a coarse angling club with the objectives of; promoting the sport of angling, the breeding of fish and providing facilities for members of the association to participate in the sport of angling.

The club is run on behalf of the members by a committee of ten members elected bi-annually and officials that are elected annually. We are able to offer a lake, canal and river angling to our members. Day tickets and match bookings are available for our canal water and Brookfoot Lake.

Our river fisheries are on the Calder situated around Mirfield, Brighouse and Elland. and extend to aprox 6miles in total. Some sections are a little difficult to access because of limited parking and the nature of the riverbank but the effort can be worthwhile as coarse fish are in abundance in the lower reaches around Cooper Bridge, Mirfield whereas trout and grayling abound the higher reaches at Elland.

Our main fishery is Brookfoot Lake. A 3½-acre, mixed coarse fishery, it is situated on the western outskirts of Brighouse via the A6025. We have recently completed a major change to the topography of the lake bed by introducing three islands to the water. This is to reduce the depth of the lake, the aim of the project being to improve the fishery for fish breeding and enhance the local ecological environment for both wildlife and anglers.

The lake occasionally attracts some species of birds not usually found on inland waters. A few exotic wildfowl have taken up residence in the area making a welcome diversion to the many indigenous species such as kingfisher, coot, moorhen and the ubiquitous mallard. Close co-operation has been maintained between the club, local Environment Agency, contractors and with advice from Dr Bruno Broughton, Bernice Brewster and made the most of members skills, expertise and time.

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Ponte Wander

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A lovely day and was invited to ride shotgun to the historical town of Pontefract. I ended up walking u to the castle. The castle is under restoration at the moment but you are able to walk round to see what they have done so far. I then wandered down the hill to the picturesque All Saints Parish Church.

There has been a church here or close by since Anglo Saxon times, and it even featured in the Domesday Book survey in the year 1086. The present church was built around the 1300s, but only a few parts of that church now remain. In 1536 when Henry the 8th announced dissolution it sparked an uprising known as the Pilgrimage of Grace, many supporters went to Pontefract to establish themselves in the nearby castle. The then Archbishop of York was preaching in the church at Pontefract and asked for moderation, this had a reverse effect on the congregation and they dragged him from the pulpit and off to the castle. When the civil war took place the church was constantly changing from one side to the other and at one time was reported to have been hit over 60 times by cannon balls! In fact during recent renovations one was found still embedded in one of the walls.

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A Walk In The Park

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I’ve lived in Denholme for just over 9 years now but I’ve not really walked round the village. So with the sun shining I decided to have a wander around Foster Park. It looked glorious in the sunshine, grass mowed and beautiful spring flowers growing waiting for the bees and butterflies to explore them.

Danes Dyke


A gorgeously sunny day so perfect to visit Danes Dyke. I love this place just for the simplicity of it . A wander through the trees an you come upon the most amazing view of the beach. A precarious walk over the bright white pebbles and then you step onto sand and be in awe of the view all around you.



A lovely wander round this beautiful place set in the quaint village of Ripley on the outskirts of Harrogate North Yorkshire. I have been here may times but never tire of it. The weather can be so changeable in Yorkshire but the sight of the castle reflected in the lake is lovely to see. On this visit I was lucky enough to be treat to a rainbow that arched over the castle itself. Nature is truly a wondrous gift.


Cove Wander


After a lovely breakfast at the Buck Inn I set of on a wander up to Malham Cove. It had been well over 2 years since I was last here hard to believe when it’s only an hours drive away. The morning was a tad misty but the sun was doing it’s best to come through which it did on the odd occasion.