Appletreewick & around n about

As per usual we headed up to Dent for the Music and Beer Festival, we love the area and enjoy the festival, always good to be there.

This years festival had a superb line up of talented musicians but despite that, the numbers where down on previous years and we noticed it more up in The Sun Inn. It was lacking in the usual crowd who gather for the impromptu acoustic sessions. Lets hope it picks up!

We decided to head to a village called Appletreewick in Wharfedale not too far away from Skipton, the campsite was called masons Campsite close by the banks of the River Wharfe.

Surrounded by stunning views, peaceful walks and the sound of water flowing by the location was superb and thoroughly enjoyable, weather great and the pub nearby, The Craven Arms welcoming. With the Dales Way running right past we had no excuse to explore.

The walk by the river to Burnsall was nice, especially as there is a nice tearooms called Wharfe View which does a very nice selection of home made sandwiches and cakes. Well worth the visit!

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The river, as I mentioned was lovely, peaceful and relaxing to while away time, whichever direction you headed.

Appletreewick, set in the Craven district of North Yorkshire is mentioned in the Domesday Book and its name is derived from the Old English of æppel-trēow wīc, which means the Apple-tree specialised farm (or hamlet)The old dialectal pronunciation of the village name is a shortened ‘Ap-trick’, which is sometimes still heard being used by the locals. The village prospered from the year 1300 when Bolton Priory acquired its manor with its extensive sheep ranges and valuable lead mines. Charters for markets and a fair were granted and the latter remained important until the impact of the railways in the mid-19th century. The Ap-trick Onion Fair celebrated all manner of things, but given its name, it was chiefly remembered for being avenue to sell lots of onions that were brought into the village especially for the fair. Records show that fight broke out between the Lord Clifford’s of Skipton Castle and the Nortons of Rylstone Manor. This reinforces the belief that Appletreewick was more important than Burnsall at that time, as both noble families were in attendance.

We was made to feel welcome in the local pub, The Craven Arms which served very nice food, a good variety of locally brewed beers and the locals chatty & friendly.

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We would recommend Masons Campsite 100%.

We ended our week with three nights in Robin Hoods Bay, Dougies first visit to the seaside..

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