Just as our cars are coming out of hibernation and we are now doubly vaccinated , six intrepid explorers in 3 MG’s ventured forth, meeting at the ‘Be a Garden Makers’ near Wigglesworth. A bright sunny morning to have drinks and traditional sausage or bacon muffins. It felt good to just be ’on the road ‘and among friends.
Once fortified it was onward along country lanes to Arnside and a picnic on the sands although the weather was now rather cool to say the least. Good views across the Bay with the occasional train passing on the viaduct.
The highlight of the day, TA DAH!! Time controlled public conveniences !! A first for us and getting locked in until fathoming the release button caused much entertainment. You really have to find moments to laugh.
Several weeks later a trip to ‘The Forbidden Corner’ in the stunning surroundings of Coverdale saw eight explorers and 4 cars venture forth. Our meeting point at Kilnsey Café provided warm, freshly baked scones and, hoods down where possible, under a warm blue sky we set forth. Heading through Kettlewell and Carlton we envied the stamina of the cyclists pushing their way up the steeps onto the open moors. With magnificent views ahead we approached Middleham (of racehorse fame) and turned into the Tupgate Estate passing the smoke breathing dragon, to arrive at the Forbidden Corner.
Entertainment for children and adults alike we spent our time in scary underground passages, through well-tended gardens and into the sunshine with paths through sudden water spurts giving us all a shower. Some people getting wetter than others.
A pleasant late lunch in the café then we headed home via Buckden and over the tops to Settle stopping en route at The Queens Arms at Litton for refreshments before saying our goodbyes.