Saturday, 28 December 2013

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014 - top 10 regions 28 October 2013 Need inspiration for your travels in 2014? These 10 regions have captivated our travel experts with their natural beauty and cultural riches. Read more: Lonely Planet's best in travel 2014 top 10 regions

For those of us lucky enough to either live here or visit regularly we know how wonderful the Yorkshire Dales are, now they are rated as the third best area in the world to visit by Lonely Planet 2014.

It’s only a matter of time before this rough-around-the-edges gentleman of the north gets the traveller attention it deserves.  Yorkshire’s local athletes helped the county clock up more medals in the 2012 London Olympics than entire countries such as South Africa, Spain and even the 2016 hosts, Brazil. As if basking in Yorkshire’s glory, last year a poll revealed the North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate was the happiest place in Britain. Bradford has become the world’s first Unesco City of Film, a new state-of-the-art gallery in Wakefield is giving London a run for its money, and Yorkshire now has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other county outside London. In 2014, this welcoming region of rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs will be able to hold its head even higher when the Tour de France begins its grand d├ępart from Leeds.

Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, UK. Image by Peter Adams / Digital Vision / Getty Images.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Dreaming of a white Christmas

Photos taken on Sunday 22nd December. 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Weather in Upper Swaledale

Weather in Upper Swaledale

A friend of ours keeps a daily log of the weather and has told me that November is one of the driest months on record, with 2.68” (68mm) of rain for the month, this is 48% of the 10 year average for the month. However the year as a whole is showing a cumulative rainfall of 47.71” which is 97% of the 10 year average. Lets hope it stays fine and dry for Christmas and New Year.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Autumn in Swaledale

The colours were lovely this year!