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.


Looks like summer!


It’s like summer here – endless hours of sunshine spent mostly in the garden.  We’ve planted the sweet peas (possibly a little risky this early), sweet rocket, a lovely lime-green saxifrage and lots of forget-me-nots.  We should have endless drifts of blue haze in a few weeks time.  In the greenhouse we have onion sets  in cells, pot marigold, blue salvia and alyssum all growing strongly.

Elton the horse is up to his old tricks again. Last year, every time he heard us in the garden, he would stick his nose over the wall and neigh for an apple.  He’s obviously remembered this and so now the rule is don’t go down the garden without an apple in your pocket as you’ll only have to traipse all the way to the house for one as the whinnying gets louder!  Not difficult to guess who is in charge of who here is it?

Away from the garden we have banks of yellow celandine flowering by the roadside and the ramsons, although  not flowering for a few weeks yet, releases a strong waft of garlic if you happen to tread on it.

The lleyn sheep in the dale are lambing now – they make sturdy lambs and good mothers and this and the warm weather has meant the shepherds have not had to bother with the little plastic raincoats they sometimes put on weaker lambs.

For several days this week the dale has been full of the sound of screaming jets and thumping helicopters. Both human and beast are used to airspace activity in the dale but it has been particularly intense this week.  Yesterday , the army were yomping round the dale too.

Guests are arriving for the weekend later today so it will be down the garden soon to pick rhubarb to poach for one of the breakfast fruit choices. Of course, we will put an apple in our pocket before we venture out!

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