It all began in the “Red Lion Hotel” at Burnsall

It all began in the “Red Lion Hotel” at Burnsall

Visiting the place that gave me the inspiration for “Craven Scar”

  • Posted On: 3 May 2022
This week I completed the walks under “B” from the YDNP app, by starting out from Burnsall. To make it longer than a short stroll along the Wharfe, I added a loop up to Grassington, which allowed me to drop in on the Stripey Badger Bookshop.   You will certainly recognise the village of Burnsall if you have read my fourth novel, “Craven Scar”.  At the beginning of the book Mills Sanderson is attending a wedding reception at the “Red Lion...

Walking from Bainbridge to Semerwater

Walking from Bainbridge to Semerwater

We stocked up with pork pies from the Bakewell in Askrigg on the way.

  • Posted On: 6 April 2022
The walk started in Bainbridge, directing us on the old roman road out of the village. I was pretty sure we’d walked this way before and when I checked in ‘Death Cart’ I discovered that it was on that very track that Millie first held hands with Jake.  She was an archaeology student at the time, carrying out field work on the site of a chariot burial in Bainbridge. Despite expert Richard Hayton assuring me it was virtually impossible for such a find to be located in...

Spring has arrived!

Spring has arrived!

Isn’t it lovely to see the sun at last?

  • Posted On: 22 March 2022
Lambs are appearing further down the dale and the oyster catchers have arrived. It is great to see so many walkers in the area, attracted by the dry weather, beautiful scenery and, of course, the village teashops. The Yorkshire Dales National Park has introduced an app with 35 walks in the area, so I have decided to challenge myself by doing them in alphabetical order. So far, I have enjoyed routes starting at Apersett and Aysgarth. The walks range from a half a mile stroll to a good...

Wishing all my lovely readers a Happy New Year!

Wishing all my lovely readers a Happy New Year!

Do you know the secret of happiness?

  • Posted On: 1 January 2022
When Dr Anthony Clare, psychiatrist, was asked for his tips on happiness, he came up with seven, which I heard on the radio today, listed in the following way: have a passion (mine is writing of course), be part of something bigger than yourself, accept change, avoid introspection, live in the moment, audit your happiness, and act happy. Very good advice, don’t you agree? Regarding resolutions for 2022, I plan to publish my 12th Mills Sanderson mystery, reduce my use of food...

A visit to the North York Moors

A visit to the North York Moors

Rievaulx Abbey and Rosedale mines

  • Posted On: 16 November 2021
Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England in around 1130. In the 12th century there was a community of 650 monks under its most famous abbot, Aelred. The monastery was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538 and fell into disrepair, becoming a ruins until it was saved for the public in 1917.  The ruins are on a much more magnificent scale than those at Jervaulx Abbey in the Dales, which was also one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire founded in...

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