g. Waterfalls aplenty !

19 – 26 July 2012 Ingleton, Constable Burton & Cote Ghyll Osmertherley

Thursday 19 July

Set off around 9.10 and drove up into the Yorkshire Dales via Horsforth where we went to see my old house on West End Drive where I lived as a young lad.

Hawes waterfallWe drove to Hawes stopping to have a good look around the village where the waterfall was in full stream. We paid a quick visit to the Ropemakers and a few shops before driving into Ingleton

We had a quick look around Ingleton before heading off to Chapel-Le-Dale where we arrived at the Old Hill Inn around 5.30. old hill inn

Parked on their hard-standing camping area with a fantastic view of the neighbouring hill Ingleborough. Around 6.45 we gave the pub a once over and had a couple of good beers, Black Sheep and Dent Aviator, both local Yorkshire brews. Had a beautiful meal, had an excellent Rib Eye Steak finishing with an amazing Lemon Tart. Jane Had a Chocolate Indulgence. All good things to go to bed on. old hill inn inside

Friday 20 July

It rained all night and into the morning up until about 11.00. Although still a little cloudy it was still warm enough to go out for a bike ride. We set off to Ingleton on an old Roman road which wound its way through beautiful scenery between Ingleborough and Wernside limestone scars.Little_Whernside

On reaching Ingleton we went into the village centre and had a pint of Robinsons Unicorn in the Wheatsheaf Pub and then onto the Three Horseshoes where I had a pint of Nutty Black by Thwaites. ( See !  good Northern beer, you can’t fault it )

ingleborough  viaductWe set off back from Ingleton back up the Roman road but pushed the bikes up the long 1 in 8 Hill to begin with before it flattened out some. ( I know wimps aren’t we ) We arrived back at the van and chilled for a bit before going to the pub again. We were joined by Stuart & Leslie, a couple who we had spoken to earlier when they were setting up their caravan. Leslie was already well on her way when she joined us already having downed a bottle of Champagne. Again we had a fabulous meal, I had Chicken Supreme and Jane had Sea Bass followed by a Chocolate pudding with White Chocolate custard and Jane had the Lemon Tart.

About 9.30 the band came out, not sure of the name but they were exceptionally good and had a former Wishbone Ash Guitarist playing for them. The second band was called the Barsteward sons of Val Doonican, who were a comedy duo. They finished around 12.45, Stuart having already taken Leslie home after drinking a further bottle on her own. She could hardly speak and was having difficulty focusing having missed her glass by about 6 inches when trying to refill it. All told it was a brilliant night.

Saturday 21 July

Got up & left the site and drove back to Ingleton via a really tight and steep road which I had mistaken for the road to the Waterfall car park. ( Oops ! ) we parked in the right place and walked then the Ingleton Waterfall trail. The weather was lovely and sunny and the views of the waterfalls was spectacular. ingleton falls 2The walk took a steady 3 hours to walk around 4 ½ miles.ingleton falls 3

On returning to Ingleton we set off to Constable Burton, a camp-site 3 miles east of Leyburn. After setting up on site we popped across to the Wyeville pub opposite the main entrance. The food was expensive and we found ours quite average and not worth the money. (They did have a nice miniature railway running around the top of the walls whilst you ate ! )

Sunday 22 July

Got up nice & late today and after showering we ate a brunch cooked on the Barbecue. We just pottered around today relaxing and reading, with Jane doing her Cross Stitch and then we watched the Grand Prix and just chilled for the rest of the evening.

Monday 23 July

Got up & away from Constable Burton around 9.30 and went first into Leyburn having found some good parking on the cattle market site.We had a quick look around but there wasn’t much there so set off for Cote Ghyll campsite in Osmotherley in the North York Moors.

3 tunsosmotherleyAfter setting up the awning and settling in we walked into Osmotherley about a 10 minute walk away. We went to the Three Tuns pub and had a nice pint of Landlord. The food here looked good and there was a nice Beer Garden at the rear where we sat. We then walked across the road to the Queen Catherine pub and had a pint of Thwaites Bomber. the food here looked ok but more basic than the Three Tuns. We sat outside the front of the pub on a bench near to the road.

After a quick look around the village we came back to the camp site to find that the awning had broken due to the wind, where the leg fastened to the out slider so we packed it all away. We saw a guy with a big 5th wheeler Motor Home which was towed by a pick up truck. It looked superb and the guy told me it had only cost £35,000 without the Pick Up.        (  Jane says I can’t have one, ooorr ! )

Tuesday 24 July

We decided to have another lazy day today, getting up around 9.00 and hanging around the van all day reading and doing Sudoko. At 5.30 we walked into Osmotherley again and this time went to the Golden Lion where I had a nice pint of Adnams. The food looked good here but the restaurant was  booked up.

We went to the three Tuns again and after sitting in the garden for a drink again in the lovely sunshine we went into the restaurant for a meal. Jane had Trout and I had Pork, both being really good. We also had a couple of nice puddings. ( Life is grand isn’t it ? )

Wednesday 25 July

We caught the  bus from the village into Northallerton where it was market day.We had a good look around and bought a few bits & bobs for the van. We had a cooked breakfast in a nice cafe with a roof terrace. ( again in the sunshine, although Jane says it’s always raining ! )northallerton

After a couple of hours we went to a pub called the Standard and had a pint of Hambleton. We then caught the bus back to Osmotherley where we chilled again for the evening.

Thursday 26 July

Set off for home this morning via Ripon. We parked near to the town after a tight turnaround in a road where Jane nearly lost her arm behind the van between it and a wall. (Don’t stand behind the van where I can’t see you ! ! ). We walked into Ripon centre and had a quick look around before grabbing a hot drink which we drank in the van before resuming the home journey and returning home around 4.00

The Campsites

The Old Hill Inn Chapel Le Dale

A Hard standing area with electric hook-ups owned by the pub. This is a Caravan Club Certified Location. There are no showers but 2 Portaloo type toilets. The food in the pub was extremely good as was the beer. The pub is some way from Ingleton which would be over an hours walk but if self- sufficient is an excellent place to stay. Would definitely come back

Constable Burton

A lovely site set on the edge of the Constable Burton Hall grounds. There are 2 Toilet blocks which are fairly small and slightly old but are kept clean and the water is nice & warm. The only downside here is it is 3 miles from Leyburn and the pub opposite seems pricey for the standard of food.

The cost per night is £20 for 2 persons, van & electricity

Probably wouldn’t come back here because of location

Cote Ghyll Osmotherley

This is a big site with plenty of space and 2 toilet blocks which are excellent. There is a small shop on site & the village is 10-15 minutes away. The village has 3 pubs, a cafe and a off licence shop. There are also regular buses to Northallerton & other places in the North York Moors. Would definitely come back here.

Cost per night is £25 per night for 2 persons, van & electricity & awning.


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