The Festival of Walking

In previous blogs we talked about walks in the area and we’ve talked about the Settle-Carlisle railway line, but we haven’t really put the two together.

The Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival does exactly that.  An annual event held during April and May each year comprising of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line, it’s a week-long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.

The 2017 walking festival was a great success according to the local newspaper, the Craven Herald  and some of the festivals participants.

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The Cream of Cafés

I think you may have read on my website – I have a list of top ten things to do whilst staying at Layhead Farm Cottages.

Elaine’s Tearoom, Feizor

Cafes, pubs and restaurants are dotted all over the Yorkshire Dales and I think they are an important part of your holiday.  On my website I have flagged up Elaine’s Café & Tearoom in Feizor.  Feizor is an interesting place and it is almost like going back in time when you visit the village.  There is no through road and the stone houses and farms are grouped along the edge of the narrow ‘main’ street, some dating back to the 17th century. There is no church, shop, school or garage but there is an excellence café serving home cooked lunches, cakes, snacks and afternoons teas. If you are walking or cycling in the Austwick/Feizor area, it is an excellent place to stop off for a cuppa.

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Jams, Jellies and Preserves

I love making jam! No, I really do.  There is something very satisfying about seeing all the jars labelled and lined up.   A very kind friend gave me a new modern jam pan which is a great help in the process.  This year so far I have made strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant jelly – all the fruit having been grown in my garden.  When the jam making season has finished, I then start on chutney making and the combinations are endless – apples, rhubarb, green tomatoes, plums, onions to name but a few.

Fresh strawberries straight from the garden

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Settle Flowerpot Festival

Some years ago one of the members of Vibrant Settle had a very inspired thought. Hence the Settle Flowerpot Festival was born. Every year throughout July and August businesses, householders and shops around Settle town who wish to participate, make a model using flowerpots – a really simple and inexpensive idea as almost everyone has empty spare flowerpots.  Every time I visit Settle I seem to notice a different model I haven’t seen before.

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Magnificent Meadows & Insects

Visit a magnificent meadow in the Yorkshire Dales

Summertime is a busy time around this area.  Not just for business owners like myself but also for the growing season.

This is the best time of year to really appreciate the types of plants and insects that thrive in the area.  With many projects taking place to help promote how the land evolves around us, there is a fantastic opportunity coming up at the end of July to learn about meadows and the insects that thrive in them.

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A Little Bit of French Cuisine in the Dales

A recipe for success!

Sticking with the fresh vegetable theme from our last blog post  here’s a really simple Ratatouille recipe to try with produce bought from Growing with Grace. You can substitute any of the vegetables listed here if you’re not keen on one or two of them.

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Growing with Grace

Delicious Organic Fruit & Veg

Here at Layhead we like to promote locally grown food as much as possible.  Not only is it great for the local economy, eating well has proven benefits to all of us.

On the outskirts of the village of Clapham, approximately 9 miles away from Rathmell situated on the main A65 road, is a community cooperative farm that is dedicated to supplying sustainably grown produce to local people and businesses.

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