Lambing has at last started here in Upper Swaledale, it’s such a magical time with new life springing up everywhere. We have the twins in the field behind us and it is an absolute joy to watch the lambs, from their first tentative steps, to groups of them chasing each other relentlessly!
The Yorkshire Dales National Park has been voted the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine National Park of the Year!
This what they say…..
‘The characterful Yorkshire Dales claims the top spot this year, with readers displaying great affection for this wild and craggy limestone landscape. Replete with waterfalls and hay meadows, stone villages and broadleaved woodland, the park has recently expanded to cover 840 square miles. Our expert John Craven has known these rolling valleys since boyhood, and it’s clear that thousands of voters also have fond memories of time spent here.’
The North Pennines AONB Partnership and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority spoke on the BBC today about the work they are currently doing to repair a stretch of the Coast to Coast route near Nine Standards Rigg! Absolutely brilliant news for all Coast to Coast walkers as that part is notoriously boggy!!
Great news for the many walkers who visit Keld over the winter months, our Village Hall (known as the Keld Public Hall) is opening it’s doors as a Winter Tea Room. The community has come together and given the Reading Room in the Village Hall a good clean, a lick of paint, fresh varnish and a good stock of homemade cake to provide a self service tea room. All proceeds of donations go to the Village Hall fund and we hope to install a log burner, so not only do our visitors get a nice cuppa and cake they can sit in front of a warm fire before heading off back down the Dale!
Keld Resource Centre hosted Neil Hanson a previous owner of the Tan Hill Inn and author of ‘Inn at the Top’ and ‘Pigs Might Fly’.
Neil talked about his memories of life at Tan Hill, and the numerous characters which visited the pub. We watched that memorable Everest advert and learned how it came to be. We also watched a 1984 BBC film ‘A Foot or Two Above the Rest’ which filmed the Tan Hill Sheep Show, still one of the highlights of the Tan Hill calendar.
Another fantastic show day on one of the hottest days of the year, which made for a tough fell race! The entries in the show tent were a fabulous standard although the butter struggled to keep it’s form in the heat!
After the show we all really enjoyed the community singing at The Farmers Arms with the Muker Silver Band along with some much needed refreshment!
Today is Yorkshire Day a time to celebrate all that is fabulous in this amazing county!
The Yorkshire Dales National Park has increased in size.
24% increase in the National Park’s size
841 square miles. The new total land mass of the park. An increase of 161 sq miles
The Keld Resource Centre is a registered charity working with local partners and the Keld community. Situated in the Literary Institute building- which lies at the heart of the village. There are many events taking place to help raise much needed funds to continue the restoration work of the three Grade 11 listed buildings in its stewardship.
So today I went on the Guided Walk of Beldi Hill Lead Mines, this was a fantastic walk which pointed out many interesting features, which if I’m honest I’ve walked past on numerous occasions and not noticed! Opened up a whole new world and gave a real sense of what life was like in this part of Swaledale in 17c and 18c.
Today saw the Dales Trail Series DT30 Muker race pass by Frith Lodge, some 300 runners started in Muker and ran to Keld then along to Ravenseat and up to Tan Hill. From Tan Hill down the Pennine Way and pass Frith Lodge back down to Keld. From Keld up to Crack pot Hall and Swinner Gill over to Gunnerside and back to Muker….Phew!! A fantastic achievement in some windy conditions.
The Swaledale Festival runs from 28th May to 11th June.
The award-winning Swaledale Festival is an annual celebration of music and arts in the beautiful landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales – Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale.
The two-week Festival, which started in 1972 and is a registered charity, begins on the Saturday of the late May Spring Bank Holiday each year. Venues are mostly charming churches, chapels, village halls, and heritage sites such as Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal, and Gayle Mill near Hawes.