Monday, 14 June 2010

Accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales

Bell Busk station (B&B) GJC_IMG_5304

About five years ago I took a day trip in the car to climb one of the three Yorkshire Peaks (Whernside). The journey through Wensleydale, although pleasant, was very time consuming and as a result seemed long and torturous.

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I decided that when the time was right for returning, I would stay overnight or for a longer break to do the remaining peaks. Earlier this year I searched a few brochures and the internet to compile a shortlist of B&B's. Due to my financial commitments during May, I opted for Tudor House at Bell Busk which offered a decreasing price structure depending on the number of nights taken. This interesting building was a former railway station on the Leeds - Carlisle railway line that closed in the late 1950's & has worked well for some time as guest accommodation. The current owners are the best asset as they have mastered the fine line between business people and friends which so often doesn't work in other guest houses. They also serve good quality food and have a wealth of resources in two lounges for both days out and rainy days in ! Check out my Trip advisor review for more information, it may be obvious which one is mine and it's the only place i know that replies to positive feedback.

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For some reason, Trip advisor would not accept the picture of the pheasant roaming around the garden looking for dropped bird seed, so here it is. It seemed that the males were more cautious about the visitors and were difficult to photograph.
The village of Bell Busk was a sleepy affair with not much action, no shop and no village hall, just a few rows of houses, a post box, notice board and a few curious lambs wondering what I was doing here.....

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The peace was then shattered by the thundering of a passing freight train !!

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