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

No bridge, no problem.

Jervaulx abbey ruins

Having a brew near Masham

West Tanfield Bull


16.5 Miles from Cover bridge to West Tanfield

I set off from the Cover bridge inn and headed eastwards to my next planned stop, another pub; this time on the banks of the river Ure. The first part of the journey was a delightful river walk

Unlike the previous day there was no great bank erosion so I didn't have to divert. Like the previous day the weather was fine and in fact sunny and hot. On my last day there was a point I had to come the wrong side of an electrified fence and then get back. I checked it was live....ouch!... Before having to commando crawl under it to get back on track. Fortunately none of that today. Within an hour I was at the tranquil site of the ruins of Jervaulx abbey.

This great Cistercian house was founded in 1156 but suppressed by Henry VIII in 1537. It subsequently fell into ruins. The early part of todays walk was well waymarked being on the 'Six Dales way' trail but it became more complex to follow later up and down Dales and map and compass were essential.

I headed on to Ellingstring and High Ellington towards Masham (pronounced by locals as Massam). Home of the Theakston brewery it is also where wonderful Black Sheep is brewed. Some years ago I toured the Black Sheep brewery sited above Theakstons. Apparently it was thus named as one of the Theakston family was ostracised, set up his own firm named as he was the black sheep of the family.

I decided not to have a lunchtime beer but found a nice riverside spot for a different kind of brew in the sunshine before moving on.The afternoons route was a little complex and hilly via pretty villages like Well and Nosterfield before arriving about 5pm at West Tanfield.

The Bull was another excellent overnight stay. I had a lovely evening meal, vegetarian for a change, and my customary three to four pints of Yorkshire ale....and so ended another lovely day.



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