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

Aysgarth falls

Exuberant coffee break

The palace of the dales

Arriving at the Cover bridge inn


14.3 Miles from Aysgarth to Cover bridge

I began my second week of walking leaving Cornlee for a relatively short walk to Cover Bridge. Well it should have been about 12 miles but as much of it followed rivers devastated by summer floods it was more. The day was a delight to walk in, warm, dry with a minimal wind and but for a few inclines pretty flat valley walking. An early sight the wonderful Aysgarth falls.

The attractive route went on past Castle Bolton, sieged in the English civil war but more famous as the place where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.

I then passed the impressive Bolton hall and had a stop for coffee. I find stiles often a great place for a brew on quiet paths, and this one was very quiet.

The next pretty village was Middleham past Wensleys lovely parish church one of the finest in the Dales. My journey took me right past Middlehams castle the childhood home of Richard 3rd (see photo)

Known as the 'palace of the dales' it is a very impressive castle .Todays walk was the day aI completed over 100 miles and also entered the second half of this coast to coast walk.

Soon the rivers Ure and Cover joined and I was arriving at my overnight accommodation, the Cover bridge inn

The day had seen many diversions including at the end due to erosion in recent floods but delight as the nights destination was a pub on the banks of the river Cover that had a history going back to the 16th century.

The Cover bridge inn did not disappoint offering great ales, acceptable accommodation and from 6pm a decent menu....what more could a man of simple needs desire? In fact the evening bought superb ale, a marvellous Chicken korma followed by a cheese board of local cheeses that even Mr Scott found hard to demolish as they were three very large wedges.



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