Just as Beatrix Potter is synonomous with the Lake District so is James Herriot of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ fame forever entwined with his beloved Yorkshire Dales. If there was one thing I wanted to see in England, this was it.
W drove from Kendal to Thirsk and took in a good portion of the Dales and the magnificent scenery.
Wide valleys, isolated farms and meandering stone walls.
Tiny villages, still draped in their finery from when the Tour de France came to Yorkshire a few months ago. The Tour is finished but the legacy lives on for the villages that reaped the benefits and the thousands of cyclists who seem to be everywhere on the roads in north Yorkshire.
We stopped and spent some time in Hawes, the highest market town in England. The Museum of Dales Country Life showcased life in the the Yorkshire Dales in years gone by and then we braved the cold and drizzling rain to head up to the other end of town to visit the Wensleydale Cheese factory. This was well set up with a tour through the factory, a small museum showing the history of the factory (with its ups and downs) and finally an opportunity to taste a wide selection of the cheeses produced here. We really did not need lunch after the cheese tasting!