Croft Gate Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, Ingleton.

A luxury 4 star bed and breakfast in Chapel-le-Dale, near Ribblehead Viaduct and Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.


A walk in the Countryside

There are several special plants that we like to see growing in the wild each year.  The quest begins in Spring with Oxlip and Early Spotted Orchid, both to be found here in the dale.  In June we look for the  Birds Eye Primrose, Butterwort and Sundew, the latter two being insect eating.  The meadows of Swaledale are a must at this time too.  High Summer is the time to see the Mountain Pansy and this year we almost left it too late.

One sunny afternoon last week, we travelled the back roads to Malham Tarn. We set off to walk by the water and over to  Malham Tarn Field Centre,  eating wild raspberries on the way.

Malham Tarn

Just after the house, we saw a deer grazing in the woods – we often see these creatures here and they seem to be reasonably used to humans, pausing from their nibbling to look at us and then carrying on regardless. We continued along the Pennine way, almost reaching Tennants Gill before sighting this elusive little flower.  There it was, the only single specimen we could find on the whole pasture.  Still, the excitement of discovering the flower gave us the energy for the trek back and the bonus of a large bed of Grass of Parnassus added to the pleasure.

Fervent hay making is over in the dale and the next mile-stone will be tupping.  We are busy collecting the seed from Nasturtium and Cerinthe ready for next years sowings. Strong winds over the last two days have begun to dislodge leaves from trees and its now dark by 7.30pm.  Time to get the winter wood pile stocked up!

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