Friday, July 30, 2010

The B6160, Yorkshire, Part II

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In our little travelogue last week, we drove south on the B6160, from Leyburn to Kettlewell. (That's highlighted in red, above.) Today we'll go from Kettlewell south to Bolton Abbey, then turn west on another road that takes us to Embsay (road highlighted in blue). We spent the last night of our Yorkshire trip on a sheep farm there. Can everyone see the map okay? And did everyone bring a bag lunch?  What??! No...there's not a bathroom!

Those amazing dry stone walls! They're everywhere!

A closer look

My husband, talking on the cellphone to our kids back in the States. It's just the oddest feeling, to be in such a remote area, surrounded by fascinating history, and using modern technology. How handy that technology would have been for Generals Lee, Longstreet, and Stuart in July of 1863 - as long as Stuart kept his phone off 'silent mode.' (By the way, we had a great signal up on those hilltops!)

I never tired of this view: sheep, stone walls, and hills

A little hamlet in the valley

At Bolton Abbey, phone box and Her Majesty's post box
When we were in Yorkshire, there was a little town west of Thirsk that was like a cemetery for phone boxes. A HUGE lot full of discarded phone boxes. How I would have loved to adopt one!!

Bolton Abbey

Abbey and cemetery

Black face sheep near Bolton Abbey

Cemetery along the River Wharf - at Bolton Abbey
Notice the stepping stones one can use to cross the river.

In the sheep barn at Embsay
Notice the smiles on their faces. :-)

No kidding, the lovely people who ran the guest house could have stepped right out of 'All Creatures Great and Small.'  They were wonderful hosts, and watching the shepherd put his Border Collies through their sheep-herding paces was a particular thrill -  dog lover that I am. Every whistle, low or high-pitched, long or short, was a specific command to that dog. And he responded with lightning speed...It was so cool!

That's it for the B6160. Hope you enjoyed the tour. We'll be someplace else next time. Be ready...And yes, you'll want walking shoes.

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Michelle said...

You are too funny, I'll be sure to have my walking shoes on next time! Whew, today I'm so not prepared for that:-) Those landscapes are simply breathtaking! I love all those stone fences. Can't see where our travles take us next!

Unknown said...

Wow, what a beautiful landscapes....if I brought my lunch and I don't need to use the bathroom can I come too?? :) Thanks for sharing your trip with almost feels like I was right there with you!

Aleksandra Nearing said...

How beautiful! I love the shots of the sheep.

Unknown said...

Stopping by from new friend Friday. What great pictures. I also love the sheep shots.

Kat said...

Oh wow... what a beautiful place to visit!!! Your pics are lovely:-)

ok said...

gorgeous photos!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh soooo beautiful. Now I'm longing for my family's homeland!!!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's for Dinner

Rachel said...

I love the pictures!! I'm so jealous, I want to go visit there so bad!!


Michelle said...


Ahhh...someday I will visit England and Europe. For now I at least can enjoy your pictures and posts. :)

Visiting from Friendly Friday Follow and is a new follower of your blog through Google Connect.

Please stop by sometime and visit my blog at

Shelli :)

Unknown said...

I have to go back to Europe! I took students over spring break four times, and while we did see some of the English, French, and Swiss countryside, I would love to go back without the crazy schedule and just enjoy the moments. Very nice travel log!

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Anonymous said...

The sheep...I love the sheep! So, when are you going to start up the Cranberry Morning Tour Guide Service and take us all on a trip? I'd go with you in a heartbeat. :)

(typo in my last comment - sorry)

Judy S. said...

Nice photos! We haven't been to that part of England. How was driving? We've always taken the train.

Denise said...

Wow, I truly loved the tour my friend, thank you.

Mama Hen said...

I love these posts and pictures! The red looks so vivid against the background! I want to head back to England now! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

CNM said...

These pictures make me home-sick for England-even though I only lived there a year.
My goal in life is to convince my husband to move over there...
Thanks for sharing your pictures! Here are some from our trip in May

Under Her Wings said...

How beautiful! And I must say that I'm a little envious; I love Europe, and I'm sure it's much cooler than the 102* we are expecting in Arkansas today.


I totally love the photo of your husband on the cell phone! Yes, how ironic to be so remote and yet still so connected. We live in special times for sure!

Erin Wallace said...

These photos are wonderful! They make me dream of England.

I'm your newest follower from the Friday blog hops. You've got a great blog! I hope to see you at Dropped Stitches!

xo Erin

Mama Hen said...

Your comment was so nice, thank you! I hope they don't change the color of those phones! It is so perfect for the rainy and cloudy days! It brightens things up a bit! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

partialemptynester said...

LOVE the pix!!! Too funny that he is on his cell out in the middle of nowhere and this past week just two states away in the mountains of Colorado, we were unable to use ours...go figure, lol!

On our way home we saw the usual cows, but also some sheep and even camels...all four of us just stared out the window with our jaws dropped like we'd never seen camels was just such an odd place to see them! Didn't know we had camel farms in the panhandle of Texas, lol!

Always love to "travel" with ya :))

Unknown said...

What a wonderful tour, thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to the next travel adventure.

Krissy said...

That looks like so much fun! Beautiful.

Following (late) from Friendly Friday! Hopefully you can stop by and follow me as well!

J_on_tour said...

Nice work again.
The dry stone walls of Yorkshire are definitely the best in England complimented by their own repetition, the green grass and smooth contours.
I came across and photographed a couple of red telephone boxes (still in use) last week in the middle of a Yorkshire market town. So sad to hear of the phone box cemetery in Thirsk.

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Wow! Those are some great pics! Love the abbey and smiling sheep! :D

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Anonymous said...

Wow, GREAT pictures!!! I want to go, too! Whenever we finally make it that way (we've been telling the girls forever that yes, one day we'll go...) I will definitely have to pick your brain! You picked a great route, apparently!

Heide said...

Your pictures always get me.......(sigh)
I want to jump on an airplane right this minuete!!!!
Love the pictures of Bolton Abbey. Another place added to my list.

Have you ever read Mary Stewart? She is English with a wonderful gift for making you feel like you are in the middle of the English countryside with her. And a little mystery thrown in. That is my newest craze! Re-reading all her books!

Cranberry Morning said...

I have never read Mary Stewart. Thanks for pointing her out to me. I'll have to look her up. :-) Nice to hear from you again!


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