A secret surprise holiday for Ted had the extended Gunby family up in the Dales for a week at the end of May. The ‘cottage’ fitted all 13 of us in comfortably and was well appointed.
We left Sheffield in (all too rare) hot sunshine and arrived Buckden in drizzle. We had a bit of thunder and lightning around Skipton and a torrential downpour there whilst we ate our sandwiches in the car. The rest of the week was bright and dry with only occasional showers, mostly at night.
A different family member or couple catered one night each, which meant a wonderful variety of foods and not a case of ‘too many cooks’. We were indulged with a Greek feast with lemon chicken, middle eastern breads and dips, roast beef with incredible exploding Yorkshire puddings, an all day breakfast with fine local ingredients, a Gujarati salad and much much more. After our day trip to Hawks we had jacket potatoes and a huge selection of cheeses from the Wensleydale Creamery. Even Grommit would’ve struggled with the array.
Walks, picnics, pony trekking, eating and drinking and games in the evenings. A relaxing family holiday.
The beginning of the walk at Conistone for the Limestone Pavement, a favourite walk of many including the Gunby’s. You feel like an explorer heading first through the steep valley, then along a craggy pass, climb a few rocks then out onto the rugged limestone headland with it’s karsts and grykes.
A screen shot nabbed from Tom’s drone footage on the walk. The full teaser trailer can be found here
The others go pony trekking. I walk, bird spot and sketch. I’m not a big fan of horses. Around Conistone. Sandmartins in the river bank. A Red Legged Partridge. Sand Martin homes. Kilnsey Crag. Dramatic skies over Buckden. Evening sun breaks through the rain clouds at Buckden.
Picnicking and relaxing by the river. Cold!!!Rich and his pet dragon (well travelled dragon) brave the cold water. The River Wharfe near Yockenthwaite. Buckden in late evening sunshine. Bird spotting- look! A Dipper! Photo credit: LoloM.
All in all a fabulous taster of the Yorkshire Dales. The landscape is incredible and the walking opportunities infinite. A geologist’s dream and a nature lover’s idyll.
Spring was wonderful for the flowers and animals and the freshness of the views but I imagine Autumn holds some delights too and of course in summer you are far less likely to have the rain that we had, although I did enjoy the dramatic colours the changing weather created.