The Swale Trail a 12 mile mostly off road cycle trail officially opened today and Karen was one of the first 6 to cycle it on a fantastic ebike from the Dales Bike Centre in Fremington. The trail which starts at the Dales Bike Centre weaves it way up Swaledale through Gunnerside and on to Keld. The Yorkshire Dales National Parkhas invested heavily in making this track bike friendly especially along the banks of the Swale and the path leading up from Eas Gill Force at Keld, making it much better for walkers too!
Thinking of New Year Resolutions for 2018, how about the Walk 1000 Miles challenge?
Why not sign up? It’s not a race, it’s not a competition just a personal challenge for you to complete as you wish. It looks like its attracting folk from all over the world and there is great Facebook page with loads of support and inspiration!
We are going to use the Map My Walk app to keep track.
Stuck for ideas for that special someone? Why not give a Frith Lodge gift voucher for use anytime during our open season Easter until end Sepember. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01748 886489.
We are very proud here at Frith Lodge to support the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, we have a collection box in our Reception and this raised £100.55 by the end of the walking season this year. Next year is the 50th Anniversary of the SMRT and we hope to be able to double this years efforts!
The Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team provide both Mounatin and Cave rescue in Swaledale and Wensleydale, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Find out more about their work www.swaledalemrt.org.uk
Ever wondered why there are so many barns in Swaledale??
Today we spent a fabulous day in Muker creating enormous cows and a sheepdog made from wicker to become giant lanterns. The cow lanterns will form a procession in Keld next month in an event the Yorkshire Dales National Park has arranged for the community as a thank you for their participation in the Every Barn Tells a Story project.
Update……. Check out the full story here everybarn.yorkshiredales.org.uk/ghost-cow-night-photos and take a look at the magical ghost cow celebrations.
The Muker Show held on the first Wednesday of September was again a fabulous success. There was a fantastic number of entries in the Show tent which showed off what amazing talent we have in the Dales along with some great visitor entries too! And talking of visitors the Fell Race included a runner on holiday from Mauritius!! The Yorkshire Dales National Park talked through their project ‘Every barn tells a story’ and our Jess & Billie got a 2nd each (again) in their ‘Working Dog type’ show class. We had a good sing-a-long outside the Farmers Arms and then back to the newly refurbished and warm (thanks to our new woodburner) Reading Room at the Village Hall for a Community Evening of sharing our award winning (or not!!) exibits and entries to the show.
The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 23rd to 30th September a whole week celebrating cheese!! Starting at the Wensleydale Creamery (where better to start a Cheese Festival??) followed by all sorts of events happening at some great venues all over the National Park. See Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival
Nearly through August and the weather hasn’t been exactly would we and the farms would hope for! There just hasn’t been very many consecutive days of fine dry weather to cut, dry and bale the hay. However it’s not entirely a washout and it’s good to look out today and see and smell the lovely cut grass being baled up.
August also sees the many Agricultural Shows taking place and while we wait for the Muker show in September we decided to head off to visit the Kilsney Show. We had a fantasic day watching the sheep trials, seeing the champion sheep in their pens and tasting some wonderful local produce. The day finished with a different kind of sheep show which was hilarous! Take a look at thesheepshow.co.uk
We are absolutely delighted to hear we have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for 2017. It’s all thanks to our wonderful guests who have contributed such fabulous reviews about their stay with us. We so appreciate the time and effort taken!
This 150-mile event is for vintage cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles registered before 1956. Beginning and finishing at Beamish, the run follow sa 150-mile route around County Durham and North Yorkshire passing right by us.
We sat out on our deck chairs in glorious sunshine and watched for a couple of hours as these beautiful cars all in pristine condition drove past us with a cheery wave from the occupants!
So today marks our first anniversary of opening and what a year it’s been! We’ve had the pleasure of meting wonderful people from all over the world, received 100% 5* reviews on TripAdvisor, have guests on their 4th return visit, been enormously supported by our family friends and the amazing Keld community.
Happy Birthday Frith Lodge!