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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.













Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Summer Holiday in the Yorkshire Dales 1

 
Having gone to the Dales over Easter, I made plans to return again in July. We had a light snow at Easter - but in the midst of a drought, the countryside looked very dry this time around.
 

We drove up on a Thursday evening and managed to take a quick walk around Hawes after some dinner....

On Friday, I planned a walk from Aysgarth Falls to Bolton Castle and back. I had spotted the castle driving along the road the previous day, and wanted to investigate further...The falls were very low, this is the upper falls with Mike trying to take photos.


The day was overcast and there was a bit of rain, but not enough to do any good.


Most of the footpaths are clearly marked by finger posts in the Dales.

 
A few hardy wildfowers, such as this geranium, were to be seen.
 

Just as it started to rain in ernest, we reached Bolton Castle.

This was not only a stronghold, but a family home until a more modern house was built in the 1760s.


We had tea and cakes, then explored the castle, which is partly in ruins and partly restored. Mary Queen of Scots was held here for some months until she was moved to a more southerly location. Of course she was accompanied by a retinue of some 51 persons.


We walked back towards Aysgarth Falls....


The fields were dry, with harvest having taken place..

The lower falls at Aysgarth...


And the middle Falls.....must be very spectacular when there is more water about or after a rainfall.


These falls have been a tourist attraction for many years, and the painterTurner is known to have visited and painted a scene...much less trees then, and fishing allowed...

 
We then visited Aysgarth Church - a wedding rehersal was taking place as we left...
 

In the evening, we made a short walk to Askrigg Falls....very much reduced I'm afraid...

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