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A Yorkshire Retreat

I don’t think many hen nights turn into a knitting retreat, but it’s the logical solution when every participant is a knitter. One of my best friends is getting married later this year and we all met up in Yorkshire for a weekend of knitting and relaxation. I had been to Yorkshire before for work, but I had never had a chance to spend time in a stunning landscape filled with textile heritage.

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We took the train from Carlisle to Settle – to our great surprise (and delight) the train journey turned out to be spectacular. It runs past the Pennines and through the Yorkshire Dales.

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Every station was a Victorian delight with ornate architecture and beautiful details. I can only recommend taking the train journey – it is absolutely stunning and I feel fortunate to have experienced it.

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May 2015 227And there are sheep everywhere. I was particularly interested in seeing the varieties of sheep in the fields we passed. The Swaledale sheep is the official ‘face’ of the Yorkshire dales and I spotted a few on my train journey. I am not Deb Robson, so I could not identify all the little dots scampering around the fells but it was still great seeing so many varieties.

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We had rented a house a few miles outside Settle. It was pretty much my dream house: Georgian proportions, a country kitchen (though I found cooking on an AGA fairly intimidating), a small conservatory with built-in book shelves and open fires in each of the living rooms. Did I mention the views?

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This was the view from my bedroom (where I sat in the window seat as I took this picture). It looked like merino sheep in the cow-parsley/buttercup field. They fled as soon as I tried getting closer for a better view. Roses in the front garden and a beautiful back garden with views across the dale.

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It was a bit too cold for me to sit outside and knit, but I was tempted! Once inside, the house offered many temptations..

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.. but I stuck to my knitting mostly. I currently have three projects on the go – one that requires a lot of maths, one that requires a lot of concentration and, er, one that’s 1 ply lace. I mainly worked on the latter as it seemed more straightforward given the high level of hilarity.

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I did not move from my comfy chair most of the weekend, though I discovered just how bad I am at playing pool. The adjacent house had a ruby spaniel that loved cuddles, so time was spent doing that too. And copious amounts of tea, tea and tea. Cake was had from the interestingly-named local pub/bakery.

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It was a lovely weekend. We took the train back to Carlisle yesterday.

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And then a rail-replacement bus back to Glasgow (when I fell asleep – all that fresh country air!). I’m having the day off today as I’m oddly exhausted after my relaxing weekend away. While it was fun waltzing around a 19th country house for a few days, it’s rather lovely to be home in my humble abode again. I’m down to London next week – when I pass Carlisle on my way down, I’ll think fondly of this trip.

9 Thoughts on “A Yorkshire Retreat

  1. Elaine on June 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm said:

    The scenery is amazing! Nothing like a few days in the country to rejuvenate the soul.

  2. When I picture a Platonic Ideal of English Countryside and English Country House (and even the train station! Ah!), it’s pretty much every picture you posted. Thank you for sharing your trip.

  3. So beautiful and scenic that it’s hard to believe it’s real! How I hope to see it for myself one day. My grandfather would be so happy to know I’d seen his childhood home.

  4. Anne-Marie on June 2, 2015 at 7:48 am said:

    You can see the house from the southbound train line so make sure to look just after Settle station. I want that house, and that aga, next time we need to stay for longer :-)

  5. Shuna Marr on June 2, 2015 at 8:09 am said:

    I love Yorkshire. I went there on my honeymoon in 2000 and we’ve been back on walking holidays a few times since. Beautiful scenery. Lovely part of the world. Sounds like you had a great weekend and you’ve built some nice memories there.

  6. Andrea on June 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm said:

    I took the Settle to Carlisle railway with my son many years ago. I still remember the food in the basement of an old monastary in Carlisle and the museum we explored for hours. Such a pretty piece of England.

  7. beth jones on June 3, 2015 at 4:03 am said:

    How did you find the house? Was it expensive? Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos.

  8. ooh I love a knitting retreat, I’ve been on a couple, and the lady who organised them chose Landmark Trust properties, and had the good sense to hire a chef. I try to put a positive spin on idle weekends too, and have a pyjama-focussed knitting retreat in my own home

  9. This looks absolutely wonderful! I’m off to Somerset with the husband and the pup next month and I’m hoping to turn that into a crochet/yarn shopping/gin retreat. I’m not sure he has the same idea! Yorkshire’s gorgeous isn’t it? xx

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