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Base for Yorkshire Dales 4 nights in April 2016

Old Jun 19th, 2015, 07:10 AM
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Referring back to my proposed loop, it looks like we could do Pateley and hikes in Nidderdale then have dinner at the Yorke Arms and that would take up most of a day right there. Then we could do the other part of the loop down to Bolton Abby and back on another day. Did I miss any good sights/hikes on that leg?
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 07:30 AM
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I do agree with Janis that your day is over ambition although you've clearly done some good planning. Wensley is a pretty village but not much to see. Middleham is also famous for racehorses which you might see on the Gallops outside the village. I'd split the day into two days.
The Yorke Arms does a particularly fine Sunday lunch which you might want to consider rather than dinner. It also does rooms if you fancied pushing the boat out. We've stayed on two occasions as presents from our children and the breakfasts are incredible. There are also lovely walks from the doorstep.
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 07:33 AM
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Masham itself is nice enough, as is Middleham, but the countryside around isn't a patch on that around Hawes, Grassington, even Settle. You need to drive a fair few miles out of Masham/Middleham to get to the countryside that exhibits the best of the Dales. There are many walks from Hawes without needing a car (recommend http://www.bedandbreakfasthawes.co.uk/ to stay and http://www.whitehartcountryinn.co.uk/ to eat). Settle also gives you the option of the Settle to Carlisle railway, so you can train out and walk back, or just give the feet/car a rest and enjoy the scenery going by.
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 09:05 AM
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The 'best' Dale is obviously a subjective question. But Lower Wensleydale where i live is beautiful and if you choose Masham or Middleham I can suggest lots of routes from the locations themselves which you won't need a car to access
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 09:37 AM
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I think I will stick with Masham. Morgana, can you give me some advice on where to go to catch the Settle Carlisle Railway? From what I've researched, I would think we would want to go Settle to Appleby (or vice versa) or Ribblesdale. What advice can you give?
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 12:20 PM
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Currently caravanning in the Cotswolds with little or no Internet! Will respond fully next week when I'm back home although I am sure someone else can help in the meantime.
Janis - have never known that road to be closed although it's fun in the winter when the snow comes down!
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 12:35 PM
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Your best option is to catch the train at Skipton, which is an hour or so drive. The section of line between Settle and Appleby is the prettiest, but getting to either of those from Masham will be a headache.
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Old Jun 19th, 2015, 01:32 PM
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>>Janis - have never known that road to be closed although it's fun in the winter when the snow comes down!think Leighton and I was trying to get all the way back to Aysgarth.

I saw lights in the distance so I knew there had to be some sort of 'civilization' up ahead so I drove around the barricades and prayed that the car wouldn't fall into some dark pit - otherwise I would have had to re-trace my route and go all the way back through Pateley Bridge.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 01:38 AM
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Hi again Mike, I'm now back in the land of wifi again so do let me know if you have further questions.
You can probably see from the advice already given by various posters that you can't really go wrong with anywhere already mentioned.
The Dales cover a pretty large area and being rural it does take a while to get from A to B. So wherever you eventually choose will probably entail drives to other places you wish to visit. But the drives can be part of the experience - stopping off where you please.
Janis mentions Pateley Bridge in one of her responses. I often advise people to stay or visit here. It's in Nidderdale which is outwith the Dales National Park boundary for reasons I won't bore you with.
But it's a truly lovely place, a bit like the land that time forgot, but a good range of shops, cafes etc and even a tiny museum. Beautiful setting too with walks in every direction, and it is always a whole lot quieter than the more touristy places like Hawes.
Pateley is also VERY close to the Yorke Arms!
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 06:40 AM
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I have a new plan. Please let me know if this is workable. Day 1: Jervaulx, Middleham Castle, Wensley, West Burton, Hubberholme, Grassington, Appletreewick, Bolton Abby, back to Masham. Day 2: Hike in Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge, Eat at York ArmsReturn to Masham. Day 3: Drive to Skipton, Take Settle Carlisle Railway to Appleby have lunch, return to Skipton back to Masham. All of you have provided me excellent input. Thankyou!
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 06:57 AM
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Yes, that sounds a good plan. I have a few comments. Having lived in North Yorkshire for 25 years, I would advise you to have a Plan b - and that is what to do if the weather should be horrendous.
For instance Day 1 is all outdoor - (the castle and abbeys are ruined and therefore don't have a roof).
Day 2 - hiking in Nidderdale in the rain won't be fun.
Hopefully the weather will be fine, but I would have a second itinerary in your back pocket.
So, some plan b thoughts assuming you are basing yourself in Masham.
Masham Brewery Tour
Drive to Ripon (Minster, and maybe Fountains Abbey if the rain stops!).
Afternoon tea at Swinton Park
Drive to York? Would take an hour approx.
Drive to Harrogate? Would take 45 mins approx.)
Hopefully plan b needs never see the light of day, but just in case......
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 11:19 AM
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Excellent advice. I remember one 18 day trip we took to the UK in the 90's and it rained 17 days.
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