Thursday 16th August 2007
9.5 miles walking
After an excellent breakfast at the Blue Bell Inn, I wrote postcards whilst Richard and Helen went off to photograph more scarecrows and to buy provisions for lunch.
We extended the walk today, but it was still quite short. We left Kettlewell by the river along what was obviously a glaciated valley,
We climbed out of Buckden (off the route of the Dales Way), through Rakes Wood and onto Buckden Rake,
Hubberholme is a pretty little place with the Church of St Michael and All Angels and the George Inn. We had a snack and a drink sitting on rocks by the river, then continued our walk, back on the Dales Way. Unfortunately it started to rain soon after we left Hubberholme, but the countriside for the mile and a half to Yockenthwaite was very pretty, with lots of wildflowers.
Mrs Middleton was shaking a mat outside the cottage as we arrived; she has run the place by herself since her husband died suddenly in June. We had thought that we might be sharing a room with Helen, but there was a small single room available for Helen, so we had the triple room to ourselves.
Mrs Middleton gave us a lift down to the George Inn in Hubberholme and we had a very pleasant meal, just slightly spoilt by a large and rather loud family group sitting next to us. The George Inn was busy, and people arriving after us had to wait a long time for their meal, so we were pleased that Mrs Middleton had advised us to go early.