A Weekend In The Yorkshire Dales | Volvo V40

The Yorkshire Dales

If you haven’t seen them yet… get planning!

I actually cannot get enough of the UK right now.
I have spent so long saving for and exploring further strung corners of the world and I’ve totally neglected my own country in the process.
If being blown away by the Cornish coastline on a Roadtrip with a Vintage VW Camper last month, and plans to explore Glasgow, Swansea and The Isle Of Man in the coming months wasn’t enough – i’ve just got back from a weekend in The Yorkshire Dales.
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Known also as God’s Own County, I headed right into the Yorkshire Dales National Park, an area of lush greenery, countryside and farmland spanning 2,178 square kilometres to see what all the fuss was about.
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A group of us were due to arrive in to celebrate a friends birthday and encounter a weekend of adventure…
including taking on The Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge.
Yep, the 26 mile walk, over the biggest 3 peaks, all completed in one day {the challenge is 12 hours}.
More on that later.
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I decided to come up a day earlier than the rest to do some extra exploring and to make the 4.5 hour drive from London even more worthwhile {any excuse to adventure}.
I had also been given the brand new Volvo V40 to use for the weekend which made driving, the biggest pleasure going.

 What’s the V40?

The V40 still hosts the core strengths that we all know and love Volvos for… power, space and safety. But also, in my opinion, the V40 has now left the ‘box shape’ behind and has adopted a truly slick and elegant shape putting it right up there with the most contemporary of car designs.
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The thing I loved the most about the V40 was the advanced safety technology {alongside the gorgeous automatic feature that’s total luxury in comparison to my manual!}.
My favourite safety feature by far was the blind spot safety lights placed on the inside of the car, by each wing mirror. If someone / something is in your blind spot it will light up to reinforce the situation incase you missed it and, should you be indicating to move in that direction too, it will flash to avoid collision.
Its a brilliant non intrusive feature and alongside the inbuilt bluetooth, speed alerts and white line tracking – it made for a comforting and reassuring experience.
The V40 was the perfect partner for our adventure through the Dales, making the drive comfortable, ridiculously smooth and simply effortless.
I’m actually really really sad now that it’s gone back… for real.
Back to travel blogging Mollie, back to travel blogging…

What should you do if you find yourself in the Yorkshire Dales National Park?

Remember Wallace + Gromit? Or maybe it was your all time favourite program as a child, like it was mine?
If you know what I’m on about, you’ll be familiar with Wensleydale Cheese, and the Wensleydale Creamery to make that very cheese is here in Yorkshire.
On site here at the Creamery they have a variety of activities on offer including: cheese making demonstrations, the Wensleydale cafe {a menu filled with cheesey goodness + Yorkshire teas}, cheese tasting and the gift shop where you can pick up a block of your favourite flavour to take home amongst other Yorkshire goodies.
Where to find: Wensleydale Creamery, Gayle Lane, Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, DL8 3RN
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Next I headed to the Ribblehead Viaduct where I parked up and walked beneath the reconstructed bridge before getting my drone out and piloting it’s first flight.
{My Vlog of the Yorkshire Dales is coming soon to youtube.com/molliebylett}
WATCH OUT FOR IT + MAKE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED.
Ribblehead Viaduct, built between 1870 and 1875, was fully restored in three stages between 1988 and 1991 and now, in 2016, carries 6 passenger trains between Carlisle and Leeds each day, in each direction.
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Shop my Jacket Here {they are WELL worth the investment}
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The setting of the viaduct is just stunning so you’ll want to remember your camera for this one.
I had just eaten, but should you fancy some lunch, a cold pint or a hot chocolate with all the trimmings… you should head to the cosy Station Inn which sits beside the carpark here.

By this point the sun was setting…

and my friends were due to arrive soon into Ingleton, a small little dale on the west side of the National Park. After a quick WIFI hook up and coffee in Ingleton village itself {Wheatsheaf Hotel} I headed to our base for the weekend – Riverside Lodge.

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It was a night of new faces and friends for me, so we all mingled over a family dinner and a few glasses of bubbly before making the bold decision to take on all three peaks of The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge the following morning.
{A full guide to the challenge is coming to my blog very soon}.
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It was a bit hit and miss at times, we may have come back crippled and we may have lost a few along the way, but we survived and completed the challenge!
WOOHOO!
Calling it a night at 11pm {prior to the walk} before the tequila came out, was a very good shout and one we were all thankful for when our 6am start came around.
So if you’re interested in doing the walk, take my advice and resist being a party monkey the night before.
For more on what the challenge entails and how to prepare, my Guide to The Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge will be live on my blog soon!
Hobbling in through the front door with injury, aching limbs and beer thirsty minds, we returned 12 hours later and soon after, to our delight, we tucked into another home comforting dinner (BBQ chicken roast) and plum crumble before we all dropped off to bed one by one.
A thoroughly exhausting and exhilarating day to say the least.
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Our last day…

..was a slow {and stiff} start and the ‘eager to jump off waterfalls on Sunday’ attitude that we once came with, soon turned to mumbles and observations from the waterbank.
Well, from us girls anyway.
We took Sunday easy, meandered through the countryside and headed down the short walking trail to Ingleton Waterfalls where fresh flowing water was ready to wake up those who dared to plummet!
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 Unfortunately the remainder of our Sunday with the rest of the crew was cut short due a nail inflicted puncture to my rear driver side wheel.
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We aborted lunch and headed to the nearest Quikfit 15 miles down the road in Lancaster, where we replaced the safety wheel with a ‘full speed allowing’ new wheel before tucking into the most perfect Sunday dinner at The Borough, and heading on down the M6 back to London.
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A brilliant and challenging-in-so-many-good-ways weekend away.
The Yorkshire Dales and the endless masses of lush greenery and lavender it boasts, really are the the perfect means for a stunning roadtrip filled with as much adventure as you can handle.
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There are some other things I’d like to have done in The Yorkshire Dales but didnt quite have time to, so i’ll make a note below incase you’re looking for some extra ideas:
– Stay a night at the luxurious Yorebridge House Hotel voted most Romantic in Yorkshire
– Visit Settle
– Explore White Scar Caves

Let me be your reason to go…

Unless you have been invited up yo Yorkshire like I had, or someone you know has just been, i totally get that its probably not on your current radar for a holiday {well it wasnt mine} but it SO should be.

If you live here in the UK like me, go and explore the beautiful country we live in, and if you don’t, consider some of our stunning countryside locations as well as London when you come.
There are fast connecting trains from Central London stations to the likes of the Yorkshire Dales {Check out the times and prices here}. 🙂
If you can put aside a little extra time to the 3 days I had and fancy venturing out from Yorkshire Dales National Park, consider adding on these areas to your adventure:
– York
– The Lake District
– Whitby

Have you been to Yorkshire?

Where are your favourite spots?

Thank you for reading <3

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Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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  • Garnet

    Really enjoyed reading you post, love it when people take the time to explore their own country. Is it possible for you to incorporate your Vlogs into the blog posting? That way we can get the best of both worlds — a great write up with awesome pictures and informative visuals in the mix. I think you can embed the youtubes in.