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!
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.