Dog Days

Every now and again you need a break and a relaxing weekend at home is just the thing!  I am lucky enough to call Yorkshire home and nothing is more perfect than a cold dog walk among beautiful scenery, followed by a pub lunch and an afternoon with a drink by the fire.

The dales truly are beautiful and for my brother-in-law’s birthday we headed up to the village of West Burton for a walk near Aysgarth falls and lunch at the Fox and Hounds.

At this time of year the weather is totally unpredictable and we were lucky enough to catch the last of autumn, a little sunshine and even a scattering of snow on the peaks.

The following week my aunt was visiting from Gloucestershire and we were back in the Dales visiting the beautiful Appletreewick.  This is one of my favourite villages, from winter walks to summers spent free swimming in the river and getting eaten to pieces by midges, this village is the perfect country escape.  Settled between the hills in Wharfedale and especially popular with cyclists, Appletreewick is one of the few villages that still has two pubs: The New Inn and The Craven Arms.  Today we lunched at the Craven Arms which was delicious as always, accommodating to dogs (in this instance we had three!) and of course had the essential open fires that make pubs in winter so irresistible.

Yorkshire truly is the most incredible county, with breathtaking views.  We drove back as the sun was setting and bathing the valley in a golden glow, the perfect end to a winter walk.  Naturally the only thing left to do once home was to snuggle up next to the stove and watch the rugby.