So I’m really behind on travel blogs as we’ve been away a few times and I haven’t caught up with writing about them yet but I wanted to get this one in as I’ve never had so many questions about a trip and it was a UK Staycation!
We travelled to the Yorkshire Dales and stayed in a very small town called Gunnerside. It is absolutely gorgeous with beautiful holiday cottages and views over the hills. We were so lucky with the weather which is unusual for the UK but so good.
Originally we planned to go Mountain biking here as the options for off road riding and trails is just endless. So would highly recommend this area for MTB. But instead we decided to take road bikes and honestly was some of the best, most scenic riding I have ever done in the UK. It was just so gorgeous and kind of distracted me from just how much climbing there is and how steep the hills are. The roads are undulating, quiet and the views are just incredible. I can’t wait to come back riding here. There is a well known climb called Tan Hill which has Tan Hill Inn at the top, the highest pub in the UK. It’s a great place to go if you love a challenge and can stop for a drink at the top.
A good base for cyclists seems to be Dale’s Bike Centre in Fremington. This place has really good food and coffee (you have to sit outside) and is full of cyclist’s both road and mountain bikers. I think if you wanted to you could hire bikes from here too. If you aren’t into riding then equally this would be a good place to stop if you just go walking in the Dales. It is incredible for walking trips there too. We didn’t do any hiking but we did take a walk down the river from Gunnerside and it’s so beautiful there and mostly flat too.
Apart from cycling clothes, I packed very wrongly for this trip. As much as the weather was bright and sunny during the days, in the morning and evenings it got very cold being up in the hills. Naturally, being me, I took crop tops, dresses and sandals. Jaco found this absolutely hilarious and then I spent most of the time wearing his clothes. Thankfully, one of us is prepared for everything.
Honestly though, this trip made me feel so so happy and refreshed. The fresh air and good vibes were just absolutely perfect. Waking up to the views out of your window in a cute cottage just made feel so good. I am not usually someone who loves to get away in the UK, normally if I have free time I’d much rather go to a warm climate but as we were so lucky with the weather, this was an incredible trip.
Even if you aren’t into either cycling or walking I would recommend coming here to relax, chill and get away from the busy life. If you have a campervan, even better. You’ll need a car to get around, most of the villages don’t even have a local shop. Also, apart from WiFi, you won’t have any signal on your phone pretty much anywhere, which is also bliss. I would say, if you are planning to travel here anytime soon, with the huge staycation hype, make sure you book dinners out etc. I am not one to prepare and book dinners as I like to find somewhere once I get there but most places were full and had to squeeze us in.
On my way out of the Dales driving home I kept stopping to see where I was and making note of the towns as we’ll definitely be going back there and I kept seeing houses that I wanted to buy! I couldn’t get over how gorgeous the views were.
Here is the link to where I stayed. Please let me know if you go and hope you love it as much as we did.
The cottage: Bizzy’s place
The Bike Centre: Dale’s
Local place to eat: The Punch Bowl