While Florence basked in temperatures as high as 43°, its inhabitants ventured to the Yorkshire Dales which threw at them forecasts as low as -8° in the wind chill above 700 m! Were they deterred? Not at all! This stoic bunch never failed to walk on their scheduled days remaining a little lower than we had planned but nonetheless getting an honest flavour of Wensleydale, Wharfedale, Swaledale and Coverdale. These hills are not green and lush by accident!
Walking in Wensleydale – Eastfield Lodge B&B
Each year, the mix of English and Italian friends find a location to host each other. This year, Yorkshire was showcased for their Walking Break and despite the unseasonable conditions, it won over the hearts of the visitors. As they stood high above Wharfedale gazing down on the winding river below and the ridge line of Great Whernside across on the opposite hills, they pulled their poncho hoods around their faces and smiled widely.
Midweek we had arranged for the wonderful folk of the Richmond-On-Swale Morris Dancers to arrive at the Bolton Arms following our Yorkshire Pudding dinners. The spectacle also drew in locals and before long a colourful array of dancers, bemused Italians, mad English visitors and local Yorkshire folk were caught up in a flurry of uncoordinated but enthusiastic mayhem! This was followed by an evening of story-telling, rhyme and singing in the back of the pub with well known songs encouraging audience participation.
After staying at Eastfield Lodge for 7 nights, our Arrivederci to the group felt like a farewell to family. Fully hosted for 8 days and walking on 5 days, it had been a busy time but filled with laughter, fun and a fair amount of Italian volume! A peace descended back at the Lodge leaving behind special memories of a wet and wonderful Wensleydale week.
Penny & Henry
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