The 'North of England Way' west to east travel blog

Pub in Bainbridge.

Cornlee, Aysgarth


14.1 Miles from Hawes to Aysgarth

l woke to a rainy morning as promised by the weatherman and so dressed accordingly.After breakfast it was time to set off from lovely Hawes set 850 feet up in a high valley, to Aysgarth renowned these days for the scene in Kevin Costners film of 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' for the river crossing dispute with Little John. However before that it was to the local outdoors shop to purchase two new hiking poles.

Now there's a story here. I have several sets of them at home usually bought for around £6 each but just before leaving home I saw a pair for £3.99. I had to buy them...what a bargain I thought and I never pass a bargain. Odd really as my experience of a lifetime has been 'buy cheap, buy twice' Anyway both are now 'binned' having buckled and a new pair was bought for £20. When will I ever learn? so I now progress with my replacement rucksack and 'poles' with the 'told you so chortles' almost audible from distant Lowestoft.

Anyway I digress and duly sorted I began a tricky ascent across fields and becks to reach at about 2000 feet the Roman Cam highway overlooking Semer water barely visible in the morning mist. Once a site of an iron age dwelling it's now a popular water sports venue.

Despite the rain, quite hard at times, there were extensive views of the broad sweep of Wensleydale. By late morning I had descended into Bainbridge and headed for a bus shelter on the Green to have a rest and brew. Behind me a pub that as the photo shows purports to have been established in 1445.

I think it fair to say a few modernisations since then. The village was occupied by the Romans for 300 years a little longer than current residents have to wait for a bus from the shelter I rested in as the rain eased off.

Duly refreshed I moved on in more clement weather to nearby Askrigg famed for its connections to the James Herriot novels and on to Aysgarth along a really pretty route along the river Ure and abandoned railway lines all competing with the road for space on the wide valley floor. Eventually I arrived at the village of my destination and got settled into my 'stay' see second photo after 4pm.

The 'Cornlee' was a lovely stop in an area quintessentially a Yorkshire dales village and opposite to a great village pub the George and the Dragon where

I spent a pleasant evening with three lovely pints of 'black sheep' brewed nearby, home made steak and ale pie and a cheese board of local cheeses, celery, apple and grapes....delight. And so to bed.



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