At the last minute a room became available at the Old Hill Inn for New Year. Great food, folk and festivities were had by all. Fantastic spot in Chapel-le-Dale nestling between Wherneside and Ingleborough summits. The Inn dates back to 1615, and was originally a farm, then a Drovers inn, before becoming a firm favourite with cavers in the seventies and eighties. It’s now a successful family business serving delicious home cooked food and comfortable accommodation.
We Stopped off at the Top Lock at Chorley for home made chips on the way up to the Dales a bit grey and raining.
But as we drove through Caton we could see amazingly clear skies out to the coast giving a stunning sunset. Below is the River Lune, which has flooded its banks, breaching the embankment of the disused railway to create a new lake.
One of the chefs at the Old Hill Inn - Colin is a pastry chef and sugar sculptor to the rich and famous - some of his spectacular sculptures are on display.
New Year celebrations went on long into the night. The cavers that frequented the pub used the cartwheels to practise their skills of squeezing through tight spaces. This nimble lad was encouraged to give it a go and was very successful!
A late breakfast on New Years Day, followed by a short walk up to Great Douk Cave was just what we needed to blow the cobwebs away!
Sunshine on Whernside
Looking across at Wherneside from the path up to Ingleborough
The Old Hill Inn from the path up to Ingleborough
The road to Ingleton over the shoulder of Ingleborough
It’s a short walk up to Great Douk Cave. After all the rain the outflow was a raging torrent. The main entrance is up through the water shute! Don’t fancy that one bit.
Another entrance is down this ladder – I’d much rather be on top of the hills than below them, but many folk disagree.
Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations. All good wishes for 2013