School was closed for the day on Friday so this meant one thing – a long weekend away in the caravan. We try to keep the journeys short on weekends away so that we can set off as soon as the boy returns home from school and hopefully arrive at our destination in time for tea.
With this in mind we decided to stay within our home county of Yorkshire and visit one of our favourite areas - Wensleydale.
This is such a lovely part of Yorkshire, most people will have heard of it because of the famous cheese that is produced here but there is so much more to this area. The scenery is typically English, rolling hills and dry-stone walls, picture perfect market towns and centuries old farms.
Our reason for visiting this weekend was that we had booked tickets for an intriguing attraction called “The Forbidden Corner“, billed as the strangest place in the world - who could resist!
The place can only be described as part eccentric folly, part labyrinth. You enter through the gaping mouth of a stone giant and are plunged into an Alice in Wonderland world of puzzles and riddles. Around every corner you are faced with a surprise, it just gets curiouser and curiouser……..
The entrance to the underworld…..
If you go down to the woods today…….
…..be sure of a nice surprise!
I won’t go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil any surprises for future explorers however in our opinion this has to be the best attraction we have visited in the UK. We all agreed that without a doubt it most definitely lived up to its claim of being the strangest place in the world!
It has been a busy few days in the village and this has meant that not much has got done at home.
On Saturday afternoon our village hosted its annual gala. This was the first year in many that I have had no direct involvement with the event as in past years I have helped with the village schools tombola stall as my son was a pupil there (he’s now moved on to High School).
So this year was enjoyable as I was able to have a good look round and I truly appreciated what our village council had arranged. As the gala is a non commercial event all the stalls support local organizations and charities. I visited our village’s allotment society stall and bought 4 asparagus plants for £1 And 4 tomato plants for £2! Great bargains.
The village council had arranged a bouncy castle and a climbing wall for the children which were free to use and a great success, in the main arena there was an impressive display from a bird of prey expert.
Following that a re-enactment society set up camp on the field and recreated skirmishes from the English civil war, interesting and relevant as the local area featured prominently in the English Civil War.
The event lasted well into the evening with local bands playing on the main stage creating a mini music festival. It was a great event and one I hope continues for many more years to come.
Following the weekends events the Olympic Torch relay passed through the village. It was an added bonus for us as it actually passed by the end of our street. The amount of people who had actually come out for this once in a lifetime glimpse was amazing!
We met up with the other members of our family that also live in the village, even my nephew the youngest family member was there to join us.
After a long wait there it was burning bright, a brief glimpse and then it was gone.
This bank holiday weekend saw us taking a short trip with the caravan to a little site not far from the West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge is a lovely place to spend a weekend, a hub of crafts and creativity it is full of independent shops and is situated on the Rochdale Canal and close to the Pennine Way.
Here are some highlights of our weekend.
Walking along the Rochdale Canal we passed some interesting communities living onboard canal boats and making the most of self sufficient living on the banks.
We passed many other families along the way who were also enjoying the canal.
And a trip on a canal boat took us to a lovely pub serving homemade food and real cider.
The next day we visited Hardcastle Crags, a beautiful wooded Pennine valley. After a quick call to the farmers market to buy handmade pasties and puddings for a picnic lunch we set off on our way. Donning our walking boots we explored rivers, rocks and waterfalls.
It was a great opportunity to see creatures in their natural enviroment.
Not only did we have a wonderful weekend it was also a chance to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Categories: Family, Simple Pleasures, Travel
Tags: caravanning, Caravans, family, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, Rochdale canal, simple pleasures, travel, Yorkshire