Hawes in Wensleydale
Hawes is a very popular town in the Dales which attracts lots of visitors for its great walks, famous cheese factory (Wensleydale Cheese) and its Dales Museum. It was a good place to begin our 5th walk into the countryside around Hawes. There are lots of things to do in Hawes and some really great pubs to stop for lunch on the way there – which we did before embarking on the walk.
Hawes was quite busy when we arrived and we also met a few people on the walk – (the etiquette is just to say hello). We started out on the most popular route out of the town but veered off a little way along to go more into the hills. Beyond Hawes is the highest waterfall in England at Hardraw but that would be for another day (perhaps with you?).
Today we were a party of 4 which made the walk quite fun with lots of camaraderie and extra people to take photos. As a result of much giggling, there were no usable videos taken 🙂 so in this post we’ll be sticking to text and photos.
Our walks are for us a way to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the scenery – we like to see different places and as there are so many wonderful walks right on our doorstep it’s really easy to do this.
The walk would take us to the small hamlet (a hamlet is a small community typically without a church – a church would make it a village) of Sedbusk.
After crossing a few fields, a quaint little bridge and negotiating a few stiles, kissing gates and farm gates we arrived just outside Sedbusk and the trekked across several small ‘enclosures’ (very small fields surrounded by dry-stone walls and very typical of the Dales) – we had to climb over 14 stone stiles in these walls.
Stiles are a way of getting over a wall or fence using stone steps or short wooden ladders built into or attached to the structure.
Kissing gates have nothing to do with romance but describe a gate which hangs between two walls and therefore ‘kiss’ the wall as someone passes through. Both are designed to prevent animals getting out of fields while allowing human beings to pass through.
The remaining half of the walk took us back down to the town via more fields, country lanes, bridges and riverside paths. Walking with friends and family (and of course student visitors) is a great way to engage in conversation and enjoy one another’s company and this is why it forms a part of many of our courses.