Last time we where in Middleham we could see a campsite on the side of a hill, facing Middleham, it was just outside Leyburn, so we looked it up and booked it up and so did Mick and Bren.
Craken House Camping Site
Middleham Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5HF
Arrived and booked in, the owner is a very laidback lady and very friendly. Got set up and waited for Mick and Bren and also Nicole and Tim to arrive with the twins.
As soon as every one arrived and got ready we set off into Middleham for a Sunday dinner, we took two cars and got the last two parking places in the square. I was going to look around but we just went into the nearest pub to where we parked. It was a very friendly pub and they got us seated in a side room but informed us that they were out of roast potatoes. I fact we were very lucky as the next group that came in looking for food were turned away and it was only two. Everyone was happy with their meal and they even found a few roasties for us, I say everyone but I am not that keen on the Sunday dinner out, I would rather do my own (I do not like lots of veg, so I do not get much choice).
After dinner we all went to have a look at the castle and the twins led the way, as we had been the month before. Then it was back to the campsite for a cupper before Nicole and Tim set off for home leaving the twins with us. The girls discovered that the field at the end on the campsite contained horses, so they would not come away from the gate. That night we watched DVDs and drank beer, the grown ups drank beer, not the twins.
Day two, August 17th
The girls were up early and off down to see the horses, they didn't even bother to get dressed first, they just went down in their pyjamas.
When we eventually got the ready, we made the obligatory picnic and all set off for Aysgarth falls, on the river Ure, in Mick's car. We parked at the bottom of the hill in the national trust car park, which was very busy, as workmen were using part of it for storage. Anyway we got a space and made our way to the falls, we all had cameras, Me, Mick, Georgia and Emily, to see who could get the best shot.
We decided that we would have food before we did anything else and luckily there was a picnic table free.
To win the photo comp, Mick, besides having the best camera, decided he would climb down to river level below the falls for a better angle. The rest of us were all ready to get a shot of him falling in but he didn't.
There was a good flow over the falls and they looked very impressive, in fact they usually do and we come here quite often.
We walked along he river for a while, threw stones in it, skimmed stones over it and plodged in it and no one got overly wet.
Then made our way back to the falls through the long grass and wild flowers and again took many photos.
On the way back to the car park we stopped to take photos of the bridge and crossed over to visit the shop in the old mill. The bridge is from 1539 but I think it may have been rebuilt at some time, as one side looks a lot older than the other side.
Yore Mill is a four-storey Grade II listed building, originally built in 1784 but it burned down in 1852, was rebuilt in 1853, and then extended in 1870. We got ice creams and it started to rain.
It stopped raining when we got back to the site so we had a BBQ for tea and Mick spent quite a long time on the roof of my van trying to get the internet on his phone.
Day three, August 18th
Spent the morning on the campsite and then after lunch, made the half mile or so walk into Leyburn, the first part of the walk up the lane to the main road is very steep. The main road is very busy so we had to be careful with the twins on the scooters.
Our first stop on the way into town, was Leyburn train station, sadly now just a tourist line and luckily there was a steam train in the station. So we went in for a closer look, the engineers and rail staff were very helpful and let us take plenty of photos.
From the station we continued into Leyburn and took photos back down on the station from the road bridge, I can not count the times we have been over this bridge and never realised the railway and station was underneath.
In Leyburn we spent time in the shops, before heading along the Shawl, to a large children's playground with fantastic views across Ure valley. We also spotted the steam train on its way back from Redmire.
While we let the twins play, Mick and Bren wandered off to the pub for a warm. The girls seamed to play for ages and it was pretty cool out there in the open, I was glad when it was time to go back into town.
We mat back up with Mick and Bren in town and walked back to the site. Later Mick and Bren made curry for tea, very nice and as usual we had a few beers with it and a few more after that.
Day four, August 19th
Our 37th wedding anniversary, booked to take the girls on a surprise visit to the Forbidden Corner on our way home but Mick and Bren where heading off home earlier.
The booking wasn't until two, so we stopped off on the way, just outside Wensley, to have a walk along the river Ure. We did all of the usual things, took photos of the bridge, threw stones in the river, got wet, you know he sort of stuff. Unusually for this summer the sun was out and it was very warm.
We followed signs for the Forbidden Corner but ended up on a road that said private property, looking at the map it was a very long way round. I asked a car driver coming down the private road and was informed that it would be ok to go that way.
We had our picnic lunch in the van at the Forbidden Corner and then had to queue to get in, even though you have to pre book, have an allotted time to enter and pay in advance you still have to stand in a queue to get in, what wonderful organisation.
The girls were very exited but Georgia got scared just going through the entrance and when we got to he indoor parts she we so frightened we had to come out and just look around the outside parts.
There is still plenty to do and see but we did miss quite a lot, Georgia was a lot happier though. We sat on a wall for a drink and some chocolate and watched a herd of deer in the field below us. That cheered Georgia up and we continued exploring, getting wet in the process.
However we missed out some of the places and as a result, we were not there as long as we expected. We left via the road we came in on and the only other stop we made on the way home, was to take a photo of Richmond castle