Why the Dale?

To me the Dales have meant either the Derbyshire Dales or the Yorkshire Dales but both very different in many ways.

My first visit to the Dales of Derbyshire was to stay in the Youth Hostel at Hathersage a beautiful old building that seemed magical in its appearance from the outside and the inside did not disappoint either . It was the perfect base to explore the various dales for walks like Lathkill and others.

But my first love has always been the Yorkshire Dales with memories of a holiday whilst young just outside Settle. The house we rented was an upside down house with the bedrooms downstairs, the other rooms – kitchen, dining room and the lounge were upstairs and when you saw the views of the surrounding land you could understand why they had done it in this way.

The memories of the café in the square at Settle with the clear glass pyrex cups with saucers to match and the sugar measure you turned upside down to get a spoonful of sugar out . The wonderful home made cakes like coffee or victoria sandwich or scones with jam and cream which you could find to temp you at every café and tea shop and were very hard to resist no matter how resilient you are.

Exploring the surrounding areas like Dent and Ribblehead. I remember in awe looking at the Ribblehead viaduct and amazed at its towering size over the landscape. Going for walks around the viaduct which was more exposed and wilder in its outlook but equally beautiful than the dales which were much gentler and softer to the eye.

They always say never to return back to somewhere as it is never the same second time around but its as though the places have been kept in a time warp and mass commercialism has not invaded them thankfully , still as lovely today as they were 30 odd years ago.



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