Making the most of where we live with a staycation

view of The Dales If you read this week’s positivity diary, you’ll know that Aaron and I recently spent a night in the Yorkshire Dales on a little staycation and it was so lovely that I thought I’d write about it here, in the hope of inspiring you to visit the Dales yourself!

We stayed in the village of Aysgarth which is famous for its waterfalls, at the Aysgarth Falls Hotel. It’s a hotel, restaurant and pub in one that’s small enough to feel cosy but big enough for there to be some atmosphere and best of all, surrounded by gorgeous views of the Dales. We checked in as early as we could at 2pm and dropped our bags in the room before heading off to see the famous waterfalls themselves, and sample the local ice-cream (of course!) before walking across the fields to the next village of Carperby, with a pub in mind for a drink. We were really lucky with the weather so were able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine before a wonder back to the hotel.

Aysgarth Falls

In the evening we had dinner in the hotel restaurant and the food was honestly some of the best I’ve ever eaten. We started off with olives and flatbreads, and then I had roast lamb with potatoes dauphinois and pea puree, whilst Aaron had roast duck with dauphinois chips and roasted carrots. We finished with a summer berry pudding and chocolate ice cream sundae respectively, totally stuffed!

olives, houmous and flatbread

roast lamb with potatoe dauphinois and pea puree

In the morning we had breakfast at the hotel, checked out and headed off for a little walk into Aysgarth itself, taking in the views and contemplating if we could ever live somewhere so remote ourselves (we couldn’t). Next up was the thing I was really excited about – a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery. Cheese is basically my favourite thing in life and unsuprisingly, the creamery was cheese heaven.

Wensleydale Creamery

As well as a working creamery, it’s essentially a museum of cheese complete with cheese-making demos, a café, a shop and a whole load of free cheese samples (which alone make the £4 entry worth it). Of course after doing the necessary research, we ended up coming home with a few plus the essential crackers and chutney.

Despite only being away for a night, we felt really refreshed after our little Yorkshire staycation and it was the perfect way to round off the summer holidays. Have you holidayed in the UK recently? I’d love to hear some tips for more places to go!

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