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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What a start to 2012!

What a start to 2012 – torrential rain, howling winds, snow and ice!  By far the strangest was the ice.  It came as rain falling on the cold earth and formed a sheet so thick and extensive that the only safe way to get around was on skates.  That was early February and since then we have enjoyed several bright, blue and crisp days.

Regardless of the weather, the season progresses and each day the noise from the rookery becomes more raucous as squabbling over nests increases.  Our churchyard is full of snowdrops and we have hellebores and the odd primrose in the garden.

All winter long a cock pheasant and two hens have feasted on food scattered from the bird feeding station.  What a magnificent sight the male is – bristling with all the colours of an artist’s palette – cerulean blue, rose madder, burnt umber, yellow ochre……  but there is also something special about the more subtle and delicate plumage of the females.  Soon they will leave the garden to breed and not before time too as they are far too partial to our winter vegetables!


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