Merry Christmas from the Rudland family

Dales Caravan

On Monday 23 June Mum and I set off in the caravan, the first time it had been out for a while. We had meant to go on the Sunday, but there was a forecast of galeforce winds in the North of England so we put it off for a day. The route was down the M6 as far as Kendal and then Eastwards heading for Leyburn. Site was a wee bit beyond the town on a farm. Soon settled in and the chairs out for a cuppa. One of the things about this site was a pair of very tame pheasants (see gallery)

Tuesday we visited Jervaulx Abbey: privately owned and not so regimented as NT or Heritage sites.

Wednesday took the car to Reeth and had picnic lunch on the village green. From the tourist office we got an infosheet with a walk up on to the moor and then back by the river. Weather was plesant for walking not too warm.

Thursday moved to another farm site near Ripon. Lanes very narrow for towing a van but we got there thanks to my magic navigator.

From here we visited Fountains Abbey. We worked out that we had been here with the van many years ago when Janet was at University and had taken the train down for a break. Now all very posh and we had the benefit of a knowledgeable guide who pointed out all the important bits of the site and gave us a full history of the time of the monks. Walked a bit in the grounds and reached St Mary’s Church where the rain came on. So back home. Dinner out in the evening a Grewelthorpe with huge platefulls.

Saturday down to Pately Bridge and a bit of a run up Nidderdale.

Back home on Sunday and left the van out in the corner at the railway cutting till it was emptied.

Looking forward to the next time out.

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