Saturday, 13 November 2010

The Inspector Called!

We have had our first Visit Britain inspection - a "Mystery Guest" overnight stay last Tuesday, and we have been graded Four Star with Silver award. Needless to say, we are thrilled!

The assessment covers all aspects of giving a Bed & Breakfast service - cleanliness, sourcing & quality of ingredients, and presentation - the whole guest experience from booking to departure.

Thiis also recognises that we are Walker- & Cyclist-friendly, pleasing as we are so close to paths onto Ingleborough and in the surrounding area, and on a National Cycle route.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Wonderful Walks

On a fine day recently we set out from Clapham along the bridlepath towards Austwick, then up a clearly marked path to Norber Erratics - huge boulders perched on small limestone plinths. From here one can complete a circuit through Austwick, or continue over the hill & down to Ingleborough Cave & the Nature Trail. As you can see, the autumn colours are superb this year!

Last Sunday we parked the car near Chapel-le-Dale, gently climbing behind the church to reach the bridlepath that runs below Whernside up to Ribblehead. This is a lovely walk on days unsuited to summit treks. It takes in views of all three peaks - Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent - and also the Ribblehead Viaduct, and returns via an often dry riverbed, so typical of limestone country.

One could break the walk by stopping at the Ribblehead Inn, or finish at The Old Hill Inn - both renowned for good food & warm hospitality.