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Trip Report Oh to be in England now that Spring is there - a walk in the Dales

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For the time being, keep your Mediterranean give me North of England locations with the sun shining in Spring.
We dusted off our ‘Walks in the Forest of Bowland’ a Cicerone Guide written by Jack Keighley and headed for Tosside. Its just in the Yorkshire Dales, as one helpful farmer pointed out en route, and waved his stick “Yon farm (Lower Brayshaw) is in Lancashire”, “Oh” I said “then we can expect a more friendly welcome there”, He broke into a broad grin “You ken tell yer from Lancashire as yer daft enough to say that to a farmer with a stick in his hand”.
The walk we were doing was a circular one from Tosside round by Whelp Stone Crag. We got lost a couple of times but helped by a couple of farmers “Are we okay going through your field with the lambs in” “Oh ay as long as you don’t mind being followed” and sure enough they followed us thinking we were going to feed them. There are lots of birds, rabbits and trout on the walk (the trout are in a small lake) and there are plenty of spring flowers on the way – primroses and the like.
Tossside is a lovely village with a very old church, St Bartholomew, and inside are a number of Jaccobean features. We ate homemade cake with a big teapot of tea in a very friendly spot called the Old Vicarage – they also serve dinner. http://sunshineandcelandines.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/the-old-vicarage-tearooms/

The Dog and Partidge is virtually next door, it looks nice from the outside but we resisted calling in.
http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/24/24091/Dog_and_Partridge/Tosside
In the vicinity of Tosside has got to be the most attractive village in England Waddington replete with village stream – people were sat by the river in the old pubs drinking there Pims and Rose. Not far from here is Whitewell where there is one of the Royalties favourites: the ‘Inn at Whitewell’. A Michelin star Gastro Pub.
http://www.innatwhitewell.com/
Another favourite pub in the vicinity is ‘The Hark to Bounty’ at Slaidburn.
This area is well worth a visit especially as you can combine it with a trip through the Trough of Bowland.

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