Last summer we'd had a very successful week in Cornwall, booked very last minute via Cottages4You, so I checked it out and found what looked like the perfect spot...
|Heights Barn at the bottom of the Yorkshire Dales.|
|First stormy look at the view from the patio.|
|A rainbow landed in the garden.|
|View of Pendle Hill on the first eveing.|
|Can we find the pot of gold??|
We had a really great week exploring the area, doing lots of amazing walks, making the most of our National Trust membership, meeting up with some of our "Northern Rellies" and generally just chilling out!
|Adventuring without adults!|
|Nature's lessons in life...|
Tempting tho it was to just stay at home sitting on the patio and admiring the view we did make the effort to get a bit active. I reckon we walked at least 6 miles each day, often with some steep up and downs. I'm not going to pretend there wasn't a bit of moaning and groaning on the part of the boys, however with a ready supply of snacks and the use of my camera to record the stunning views they generally kept going pretty cheerfully.
|Swishy, swashy, swishy, swashy!|
|Hiking to Gordale Scar|
|Limestone pavements at Malham Cove.|
|A wet climb in the Lakes.|
|Studying the map of the falls.|
|Foam Yorkshire pud!|
We visited a few National Trust properties. Our first was a stop at Tatton Park on the way up the M6. We had a delicious breakfast in a cottage tea room and then spent a few hours exploring the beautiful and very varied gardens, which really broke the journey up.
|Leaping the gap|
|How high can you get?|
We also broke our journey on the way down by stopping at the National Trust's Little Moreton Hall, a totally unbelievable Tudor Manor. It was so wonky I have absolutely no idea how it has managed to stay standing for 500 years!
All in all it was a brilliant break and we brought home lots of happy memories. I'll sign off with a few pics of us conquering Pendle Hill!
|We made it!|
|The view from the top.|