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.

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The sun is out

2/9/10

Three hot and sunny days in a row – this is paradise!  We’ve certainly made the best of it too.  On Tuesday, late afternoon/early evening we went picking blackberries, choosing to follow in the footsteps of Alan Bennett (he has a cottage nearby) and wander the Green Lanes around Austwick.  This is such a pretty village – in fact it was the location of the 09 Christmas adverts for a well known supermarket.   As we pottered about in the valley floor we took regular stops to gaze up at the famous erratic field at Norber and the great hulk of Moughton – one of our favourite peaks – and the location of a group of wild juniper.  Crummack dale looked tempting too, a relatively undiscovered dale  by many visitors but well worth the hike especially from the Green Lanes of the hamlet of Wharfe.

We picked a couple of kilos of fruit, (accompanied all the time by a  young grey squirrel scampering along the stone walls), all to be frozen and used in our breakfast Summer Berry Compote.
As we drove home we saw a hot air balloon in the sky toward the bay.  We get quite a few coming up the dale and over Ingleborough but we haven’t seen as many this year. One time, we heard the roar of burners rather too close for comfort and ran out to see a balloon very low in the sky and the pilot clearly in trouble.  Most of the hamlet dwellers rushed out and saw the balloon land, just by Springcote, and narrowly missing a power line!  As the basket dragged bumpily along the ground, it turned on its side and the occupants spilled out all over the place.   Exciting but not for us.

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