Yorkshire Life : 2020-10-01

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MUKER HAY MEADOWS AND KISDON GORGE For wildflower­s and waterfalls The village of Muker is justifiabl­y wellknown for its wildflower meadows and when they’re in full bloom in June they are a riot of colour. This is a gorgeous area at any time of year though and there’s a seven-mile circuit from Muker to Keld that is very special. Along with the hay meadows, there’s a lovely stretch following the scenic River Swale, stunning views from the atmospheri­c ruins of Crackpot Hall, charming Dales villages, several waterfalls around Keld (including Kisdon Force – another spot that is tempting for a dip!), and a good bit of exercise climbing the slopes to gain stunning views down Kisdon Gorge and upper Swaledale. Back in Muker, the Farmers Arms is a classic Dales pub with hearty food and a friendly welcome; a great place for resting the legs after a rewarding day. THE HEAD OF WHARFEDALE For a bit of everything! This seven-mile circuit takes in two lovely villages in Buckden and Hubberholm­e, three excellent country pubs, some stepping stones, one of the most picturesqu­e farms in the Dales, and a charming stretch of riverside walking along the River Wharf, where we have spotted kingfisher­s, deer and wild orchids. The views from the ridge between Cray and Yockenthwa­ite down upper Wharfedale are outstandin­g. All three pubs on route, the Buck Inn in Buckden, the White Lion in Cray and the George in Hubberholm­e, are worth a stop, but our pick is the White Lion for the excellent food and lovely tucked away location next to Cray Gill. Sedbergh is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and has lots to offer, from walks to eateries to bookshops WINDER FROM SEDBURGH For 360° views for not a lot of effort A heart-shaped stone in the River Wharfe, near Hubberholm­e Strictly speaking in Cumbria, but still part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the small town of Sedbergh sits tucked in the foothills of the Howgill Fells; a wonderful but less visited area for walking. There are many full day hikes into the fells but, for a taste of the area, it is hard to beat the short, four-mile hike up Winder, that sits directly behind the town. At only 473m, it is one of the lower summits of the Howgills, but its outlying position on the southern edge means the views from the top far exceed the little effort it took to get there. On a clear day you can see across to the Lakeland Fells, the Lune Valley and Morecambe Bay to the west, and across Garsdale, Dentdale and Whernside to the south and east. We like to stock up on goodies from the excellent Three Hares café and deli before we set out then recover at the recently renovated Black Bull, an upmarket restaurant and hotel that also has a cosy bar that welcomes walkers. 44 Yorkshire Life: October 2020 Š

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