After we left Manchester, we headed up north to our next stop the Yorkshire Dales. As we were driving up the motorway, we were surprised to still see snowy top mountains in March. Little did we know that we would actually be driving right through them half an hour later. After meandering through the slippery mountain lanes and stopping to take a lot of photos, we eventually reached our bolthole for the next two nights an hour later.
When I was planning my road trip I choose an area in the Yorkshire Dales that didn’t detour too much from my main route but remote enough to experience the Dales. I zoomed right into Google map till I found a B&B that caught my eye, and finally came across a camp site at a little village called Keld that had some Mongolia yurts. Not very British I know, but I had never stayed in a yurt before and the photos looked absolutely stunning so staying there was a no brainer. After we had settled down, we found out that Keld had no mobile signal. Initially that took us by a bit of surprise but after a couple of hours, it actually wasn’t that bad thing to live off the grid for a while. No phone calls and emails, no constant checking the social media, just nature’s beautiful sounds and the very occasional vehicle passing through.
There were five traditional Mongolia yurts on the site and they all had proper beds, comfy sofa, fairy lights and a real wood burning stove. The yurts were very cosy and warm inside but it was a totally different story outside when we had to go to the external bathrooms in the cold bitter pitch dark night!
Keld is located in the Swaledale Valley which is a very pretty area at the north end of the Yorkshire Dales. The next morning, we left the camp site and walked a few minutes down the road towards the River Swale, ascending gradually till the beautiful Swaledale Valley and River Swale opened up in front of us.
Yorkshire Dales has a long history of lead mining which peaked in the 1800’s, and we passed by some of the ruins on our walk. One of them is Crackpot Hall and it is believed that a building has been on this site since the 16th century, possibly a hunting lodge, then a mining office and eventually the disused farmhouse.
A little further on we continued to ascend and took a turn into a gorge called Swinner Gill. This is another old lead mine location and the crumbling old lead mine spelt mill from the 1800’s still stands proudly by one of the many waterfalls in the region. The downward journey from the gorge turned out to be a lot more challenging than expected and we literally had to scramble down parts of the valley sides. Eventually, it must have taken us about an hour to get back down to the River Swale, I don’t think we’ve ever been so glad to get back onto flat land!
我們在約克郡山谷最後一站是到Tan Hill Inn午飯。這是英國海拔最高的酒吧，從營地上山去只有很短的車程。酒吧在山頂上，四周只有白雪一片，沒看見其他建築物，好像去了一個超現實世界。儘管如此，這間酒吧卻相當繁忙，而很多顧客也不像是遊客。我們逗留了幾小時，吃過午飯，再四處閒逛，才告別約克郡山谷，回到山下的現實世界。
Our final stop in the Yorkshire Dales was to Tan Hill Inn for lunch, this is Britain’s highest inn and was a short drive up the hills from our bolthole. It was just so surreal to see an inn in the middle of nowhere, and given its location it was actually quite busy. We spend a couple of hours there lunching and just wandering around before we finally bid farewell to Yorkshire Dales and headed off back to the real world.
Our stop for the night was Carlisle, the biggest city south of the Scottish border bofore we continue our journey up north to Scotland. Next time I will share with you some beautiful Scottish lochs and the amazing Glencoe, the filming location of the James Bond movie Skyfall.