A holiday Blog

We had a much reduced Club w/e away in September. The general restrictions were slowly loosening. The Club annual weekend had been booked at an hotel in Malham..

Nevertheless, this did not stop the weekend away and one of the members recorded the weekend with his own Blog:

The 2020 Weekend Away

We were one of  three intrepid couples making their way to the wide and wonderful North Yorkshire National Park. On the way we stopped at the Town End Farm shop and cafe. To be recommended for excellent food, Sausage Egg on a Bun, Bacon Egg on a Bun, Full Breakfast on a Bun, to mention but a few.

We were to spend the weekend at the quaint Beck Hall Hotel. With  a warm welcome and Log Fires (although I for one could only see wood suitable for turning into Bowls on my lathe).

The car park was a good 30 yards away along a very narrow road. Access to the hotel was across a 2’6” stone bridge over the Beck, a bit harrowing in the dark. Oh did I tell you there are no street lights, but torches can be borrowed from the hotel.

Rooms were good and to the most part clean. Though with dogs allowed every where in the hotel, including the restaurant there was the odd dog hairs to be seen.

We arrived early in the area so we decided to take a short drive to Settle some 6 miles away, for a short walk around.

Saturday dawned and in the company of Les and Jean, a great full English Breakfast (should have been called a Full Yorkshire) was enjoyed by yours truly (got to keep my strength up) all the ingredients supplied by the local companies.

Jean and I then made our way to Fountains Abbey down the ever narrowing roads. The Abbey is a beautiful place to roam around and the magnificent ruins are stunning.

The water gardens are a tranquil place to while away the time with a gentle stroll.

On the way back to the hotel Jean spotted a sign for Appletreewick a small village I had visited with an old girlfriend many years ago so we went to see if there had been much in the way of change. We found the house of the grandmother we stayed with all those years ago and a very nice pub called the New Inn next door. So we had an evening meal there very good pub grub too.

The run back to the hotel was interesting as it got dusk!

Sunday saw the intrepid four (Les, Jean, John and Jean) make our way up to the Malham Cove, Well most of the way, did not try to climb the steps to the top. Jean and I then spent the afternoon in Crassington where there was a non-organised 40’s day with a few military vehicles. According to one of the guys there should have been over one hundred but due to the pandemic it had to be called off so a few just went for a drive out and ended up at Grassington.

When we booked the evening meals on Friday Afternoon, the best times that they could give us due to the shortage of tables (Covid-19 again) was six for Friday at 18:30. Four for Saturday at 19:00 and six for Sunday at 20:00. We asked if there was a Sunday Roast. Yes was the reply so we were delighted. As we found that the evening menu did not change until the seasons change when ever that was.

Sunday night saw the six of us all scrubbed up and ready for the evening meal. In the snug by 19:45 now quit hungry ready for the evening meal. Table booked for 20:00, but the people already at the table to be used before us did not leave until 20:30. So we did not sit down till 20:40. The duty manager was new and very quiet so did not throw the group out as I would have done. After sorting out the evening menu we all enjoyed a very good evening, all the previous evening problems were sorted out by the staff in the morning.

The weekend was a success as far as we were concerned but for the missing friends who had not been able to attend, I mean you lot of course.

Thanks go to Brian, once again) for the great work in organising the weekend.

Many thanks John. Glad you all enjoyed it.