These posts are a long time coming (two months overdue! No, actually three… Whoops) but I finally wanted to share a few details of the trip we took in October to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.
The bulk of the photos we have to share are for the period of the trip we spent in Edinburgh and then locally in Yorkshire – which was the latter half. This post is going to cover the pre-Edinburgh part of our journey.
I’m classing these posts as Home Tourist posts – while it’s outside of Yorkshire in some instances, it’s still pretty local by car or by train and I’m a great believer in trying to see as much of your own country as possible – particularly when it’s as varied in terms of geography as our little island!
We left from Leeds on a lovely sunny day – our destination was Appleby – which is a direct train of about two hours on the way to Settle. If you travel earlier in the season, you can do the journey via steam train from Settle to Carlisle which I reckon would be some experience! We may try and do it this year.
From Leeds, we got to go past some nice scenery – albeit quickly:
Some of it was still rather flooded from all the rain we’d had:
One of the things I love about this line is the beautiful, little Victorian rail stations. Here’s a shot of Settle and Kirkby Stephen:
You can tell very quickly that you’re in the Dales and hilly country as the scenery starts to change:
After a lovely journey including a trip over the famous Ribbleshead Viaduct (check out the top image on the Wikipedia page) in the drizzle (we had such fickle weather on the way!) we arrived at Appleby:
After a wait for my parents (who are always late – eventually we got picked up by the woman who owns the mill we were staying in, we arrived at our destination):
Steele’s Mill – a proper, bona-fide former mill (behold the great canine beasties in the bottom right):
You can see the large stone circles in the floor (this is in the lounge on the first floor) which were formerly part of the old mill workings:
That’s not all – in what is now the kitchen of the former mill, they’ve kept all of the old mill innards, so you can see how it used to look:
The old wheel is also still attached to the property:
There was a lovely little balcony on the first floor:
Which had beautiful views overlooking the attached land:
There’s also random bits of mill paraphernalia around outside:
It’s the most incredible place – I can’t imagine how impressive it would have looked (and sounded!) when it was a working mill.
You’ve gotta love wood beams:
Some with random bits of mill attached:
We spent a few lovely days here – eating lots, walking lots, knitting lots and taking a quick day trip to the Lake District. Penrith is only about 20 miles from where we were staying so it made sense to go – particularly as Trev has never been.
Unfortunately we didn’t have the best weather. If you’ve been to the Lakes, you’ll know that it can be notoriously changeable and it didn’t seem to fancy changing in our favour. But still pretty!
On the way into the heart of the Lakes, we stopped at the Kirkstone Pass – which is some ridiculous height above sea level:
On a fine day, the view down from the pass would have been spectacular:
You can go past possibly the world’s teeniest cottage in Grasmere:
You get some spectacular views as you go up and down the various passes:
We went for a walk in the valley the other side of Helm Crag as the doggies needed to stretch their legs. Here’s the back of the Crag:
The view on the other side:
Love a bit of dry-stone wall:
We saw some Herdys being rounded up:
This was as close as we could get to them:
Trev on a very large rock:
The following day we left for Edinburgh – and I’ll write up another post(s) about that next time. I’d love to go back to the Lakes again soon and do a proper tour for Trev. I’ve read about people who’ve ridden their Bromptons around the Lakes (albeit they’re a lot fitter than we are right now!) – so that could be an option for us.