Yorkshire Birthday Celebrations

I really had a wonderful time on our wintry weekend in Yorkshire this past weekend.  The snow and cold didn’t restrict our movements at all.

We headed up on the Friday which was Paul’s birthday.  Happy Birthday, Paul! Our first stop was the town of Richmond with its market square, castle and friendly shop keepers.  We had a wander around, picked up some provisions for the weekend and then moved on to Reeth.  It was market day there but we just caught the tail end of that.  The village enjoys a lovely aspect seemingly perched up in the hills with great views in all directions.  After a little potter around and a pint in, “The Kings Arms”, we headed to the cottage.

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It was called Garbutt cottage and was in the little village of Langthwaite about 3 miles from Reeth.  Garbutt cottage is a converted farm building – probably used for storage of hay originally.  It was cosy – especially with the fire going – and had a good layout.  When we arrived, Paul’s birthday party began – presents and dinner followed by birthday cake complete with candles and singing.  We both agreed the cake was a great success.  I highly recommend having a go at this recipe:  www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/9074/cherry-bakewell-cake

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On Saturday we walked up Great Shunner Fell which had not an insignificant amount of snow on its slopes.  Hard walking.  The views weren’t anything to shout about as there was fog on the top but we enjoyed feeling like we were in the depths of winter.  Sunday we tackled Fremington Edge which after a steep climb, was a great plateau that ran along from the village of Reeth back to Langthwaite.  The views were supposed to be excellent but the fog was in for the day and the scene felt like the Hound of the Baskervilles or something the Bronte’s had written.  Very atmospheric.  On Sunday we headed back to our “local” (the Kings Arms) for an evening meal.  It snowed Sunday night and the road out of the village on Monday morning wasn’t great but once we were out, it was clear.  We had a short walk around Reeth in the morning before heading home via Richmond (which included a purchase of some new walking boots for me).

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Stella enjoyed watching the sheep out of the bedroom window and jockeying with me for the best position on the couch.  Paul liked trying a couple of local ales (including Buttertubs – named after the geological formations we walked past on Saturday), looking at maps and listening to the Fratellis (he got the CD along with tickets to see them for his birthday).

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I enjoyed our time in the cottage listening to music, talking and eating cake.  The fire really warmed the place up.  I liked walking in the snow, the exhilarating feeling of the cold air and the fact that my knee didn’t complain all weekend.

I liked it all a whole lot.