Thursday saw us setting off heading on a little tour to the Yorkshire Dales, then onto the Lakes, Blackpool and then Leeds for some training work I’ve got on next Wednesday & Thursday.
Our first stopover was in a little village just north of Boston called Spilsby. The village was pretty cute but the pub stopover not so nice and there’s a whole sub-story there about lack of communication and a stroppy landlady who clearly has no business sense about encouraging business! On to the Yorkshire Dales and a completely different experience at the New Inn at Appletreewick with lovely friendly staff and gorgeous food. However, I’m getting ahead of myself.

On our way to Yorkshire we went through Harewood, the scene of the famous Harewood Hill climb but also the magnificent Harewood Hall which I insisted we visit. You see I have this pattern of driving followed or interrupted by some sightseeing and/or walking. The house was stunning as was the grounds and the walk around the lake. Especially impressive was the Himalayan garden including Buddhist Stupa with prayer flags.

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On our way then to the depths of the Yorkshire Dales with some smaller roads to be navigated but nothing that made us breathe in quite like this little gateway image

We survived however and settled for the night at the New Inn in Appletreewick and after getting parked and level we headed into the pub for a fantastic fish & chips and vegetable & lentil curry followed by some rather ridiculous pool playing by the two of us.

Next morning we headed out for some walking which ended up near the 5 mile mark with a loop to Bardon Bridge and back again. Lots of MAMIL’s around cycling the countryside. You can see Ellie parked up to the right of the pub in one of the pictures below.