Saturday, 20 June 2020

Meander around Muker

Muker in Upper Swaledale

As we wait patiently for news that we can welcome visitors back to our B&Bs and holiday cottages it is encouraging to see businesses in Muker opening again.

It was lovely to see Gillian,owner of Swaledale Woollens, and stop for a chat.  The shop is spacious enough for sensible social distancing with plenty room to browse the shelves.  The attractive displays hold the most beautiful knitwear.  I am the proud owner of a Swaledale cardigan so I can wholeheartedly recommend that a visit to Swaledale Woollens is on your wish list.  

A visit to Muker in June would not be complete without a walk through the magnificent Muker meadows.  They are spectacular and never fail to impress.  The heady scent that drifts up from a sea of gently waving flowers is intoxicating.
Famous for the sheer variety of meadow flowers, grasses and herbs particularly purple wood crane's-bill, tiny eye bright, yellow rattle and delicate pignut that all flower in abundance in fields sheltered by Kisdon Hill.

In the village the Old School Gallery and Craftshop has re-opened and Muker Store is back in business too.

 Muker school rooms now house the Art Gallery and Craftshop.  There is something for everyone in the Old School Muker.  Feature artists display their work alongside potters and sculptors with the craftshop stocking very nice cards and gifts, the sort of shop that always has something to catch your eye.
Swaledale Woollens with the Farmers Arms tucked in behind.  Everyone is looking forward to hearing news of when the pub can re-open.  In the meantime, during lockdown, they have been serving a take-away menu for residents which has been most welcome.

Wherever you are staying when you come to Swaledale don't forget the Little White Bus.  It provides a great service up and down the dale meaning you don't have to solely rely on your car.  At the moment you can't stay overnight but if you are lucky enough to live within driving distance there is nothing to stop you parking up, walking to Reeth or Keld, Muker or Gunnerside and catching the Little White Bus back to your car.  At present, like all other public transport, masks must be worn on the bus.  For details of the bus timetable click on this link

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