Sunday, 4 March 2012

A very pleasant day out

We have had a lovely afternoon off in Hawes today.  First of all Chris and I visited the Wensleydale Creamery, home of Wensleydale cheese, and had a super carvery lunch followed by treacle sponge (me) and apple pie served the traditional way with a wedge of cheese, Wensleydale of course, (Chris).  As well as the restaurant there is a new Cheese Shop where all the varieties of cheese are temptingly available to sample.  The Jerveau Blue is excellent and so is the Abbot's Gold cheddar with caramelised onion. Bought some of each!  The gift shop is well stocked with quality merchandise and a good range books.  I bought a lovely book called Yorkshire Dales Villages to add to my collection of local interest books for my guests to enjoy.  Visit
Then it was off to Gayle Mill near Hawes for a guided tour of this fully restored 19th century sawmill. Gayle Mill was a strong contender in the BBC Restoration programme a few years ago.  They came third which was brilliant as they were up against much bigger community projects such as the Victorian Baths in Manchester which came first.  Today the water powered turbines and machinery are all back in working order and the mill is back in production.  The tour and demonstrations were fascinating and the dedication and determination of the volunteers who keep the mill going is admirable.  Have a look at  

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