Well, I made it! I covered 110 miles in 5 days in blistering heat, taking in the beauty that is the Yorkshire Dales. It was hard at times - VERY hard!
We travelled from
Ingleton to Hawes - 22 miles - staying at The Fountain Hotel - Hawes was so busy as there was a Festival on but we were all too tired, haha, after our first day.
Lovely village but no time to look round. Chippy tea, a few drinks and then my bed was calling whilst Mr. L was being called to partake in more alcohol consumption!
Sometimes I just had to push - by the end of the week though I felt a stronger rider, albeit a tired one!
Hawes to Reeth - 20 miles - staying at Grinton Lodge - a lovely Youth Hostel set in magnificent surroundings, in truth a Youth Hostel would have sufficed every night as it was literally a place to shower and rest sleepy heads.
Youth Hostels have changed so much over the years, no longer a place where you worry about belongings going walkies - they have double rooms, family rooms, dorms etc.
Two of the girls had the most gorgeous room complete with free standing roll top bath!
We wanted to watch the Men's Final so all had to pedal like the clappers to get to Reeth by 2.00 o'clock - well worth it to see Andy Murray at match point so many times, we caused uproar in the sleepy Yorkshire pub :-)
I will always remember his win - watching with the best friends ever....this is how memories are made....
Reeth to Kettlewell - 24 miles - staying at Blue Bell Inn.
Ooooh, finished for the day - BIG smiles!
Another beautiful village set by a river, we had an amazing meal over the road from the Blue Bell at the Racehorses Hotel - I had a Nut Roast, so filling with lots of fresh vegetables...& of course desert :-)
Kettlewell to Malham - 23 miles - staying at Beck Hall - this was our most sumptuous hotel and I hope to go back there at some point with Mr.L
The staff were lovely and so welcoming, not minding a bit when as soon as we arrived we stripped off shoes and socks and dangled them in the soothing water of The Beck, aaaahhhh!
Mr.L & I loved our room - Aire