Happy Yorkshire Day

Happy Yorkshire Day everybody!

This is why MAS northern loves you:

Wensleydale cheese

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Or one, or none!

Bluebells

Bluebells at Austwick, 2017
Bluebells at Austwick, Yorkshire Dales, 2017

Yorkshire Dales National Park

We’ll find most of this great outdoors inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Yorkshire Dales National Park sign, on a walk from Leyburn
Yorkshire Dales National Park sign, near Leyburn

But, did you know that three years ago today, the park’s boundaries were extended so it became 24% bigger. It also means that the Yorkshire Dales also includes a little bit of……hah!…..Lancashire and Cumbria!

 

Reflecting on the Lakes

For many of us who like hillwalking in Britain, the Lake District holds a special place in our hearts and hiking diaries. And being of a Northern character, you’ll find MAS northern meets often take us there.

But those who live and work in the Lake District National Park know it to be much more than meets the general walker’s or tourist’s eye. And, for those who’ve never visited, there’s much more than scenic beauty. Being awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status in 2017,  cements the cultural significance of its landscape.

Have a listen and a look: Northern poet, Tony Walsh’s ‘Reflecting on the Lakes’.

Whitby, North Yorkshire Coast and Moors

Yes, MAS Northern does like to be beside the seaside too. This year’s North Yorkshire coast meet took us to High Straggleton Farm. Panoramic sea views, dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, abbeys and national walking trails. High Straggleton Farm had it all.

Coastal views from MAS Northern's High Straggleton Farm meet
Coastal views from MAS Northern’s High Straggleton Farm meet

Sitting in an elevated position between Whitby and Sandsend with panoramic views of the North Sea and surrounding countryside, it was perfect for dramatic cliff walking along  the gorgeous Cleveland Way, for enjoying a sandy beach day and exploring the sights of Whitby. Continue reading “Whitby, North Yorkshire Coast and Moors”

It’s time for a walking lunch!

MAS Northern walkers lunch on Pen-y-Ghent.
MAS Northern walkers lunch on Pen-y-Ghent. Credit: M Kampff

One of the great things about being a walker, a hiker, a leisure cyclist, is lunch.

All this great outdoors exercise and activity requires calorie refuelling (yum!), and how much better to do it with a view (and even better from a mountain top).

 

 

Soggy sandwiches? Even wet weather won’t stop the hardy MAS Northern souls from taking a well-earned lunch stop. Hummus, anyone? Or how about some Yorkshire cheese?

MAS Northern walkers eating a rainy lunch in the Yorkshire wolds
Rainy lunch in the Yorkshire wolds