Wensleydale Creamery

1st October — on a day affirming that autumn is well underway with abundant sunshine and generous showers, my wife and I made a trip to Hawes. We met old friends from our former life down in the Cotswolds who were holidaying in Middleham in lower Wensleydale. We celebrated the reunion with a lovely lunch at the Creamery, wonderfully rounded off with the renowned fruitcake-and-Wensleydale-cheese combination. All my mother’s family roots lie in this gorgeous dale and I had many happy youthful visits, and over the years many a great walk on the surrounding fells. Heading homeward, we called into the secretive side valleys of Cotterdale and Grisedale. Before we left home in the morning, I held a zoom meeting with Dan Raven-Ellison to discuss a potential collaboration with his amazing community linking walking project, looking at how we can build a distinct public transport dimension to Slow Ways around Britain. This might be as Slow Ways Ticket2Stride, a station to station country walks download.

Looking east as towards Wensleydale from Grisedale, with Widdale Fell forming the righthand horizon

Published by markrichardswalking

An outdoor writer since my early twenties, with a passion for walking and linescape art, which quickly coalesed into the creation of practical guides exploring the remarkable landscapes and heritage of Britain.

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