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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Englands highest single drop waterfall.

 Had a bit of a fright last night. A bare chested youth driving a sporty type of car (I'm useless when it comes to make and model) came past at a right rate of knots, screeched to a halt and jumped out of the car. My immediate thought was he had hit a sheep but no, he gave us such a stare, got back into the car, spun it around and tore off back down the road. All evening I worried, was he about to return with more youths and 'do us in'. But my fears were unfounded 'cos by 11 pm when we eventually went to bed, no sign of him or anyone else. We again had the parking spot all to ourselves.

Not such a brilliant day weather wise, more overcast than sunny, good in a way for doing the Hardraw Force waterfall walk. This was yet another pay to get in walk, but at least the sum of £4 each was more reasonable. Being first in had its merits because the place was all ours. Of course, Ian just had to go behind the waterfall...even though by rights this was frowned upon. And who remembers Kevin Costner in  Prince of thieves? This was the very waterfall pool he bathed in...nude! I tried to get Ian to re-enact the scene. Not sure if I can print what he said!

The famous pool

At the top of the Falls

Back at MB and we were a little at a loss. I wanted to do Stumps Cross Cavern, but to do that meant retracing our steps back towards Grassington. "We may as well go and visit Middleham Castle" said he. "it's not far off the route". Hmm, his 'not far' was about 20 miles out of the way! Still its another English Heritage attraction and seeing as we can still please ourselves, drove over for the visit.

 Finally, we left for Stumps Cross Cavern. Another 20 miles or so to drive and we arrived. Located between Grassington and Pateley Bridge, it also had a motorhome overnight parking bay. For £5 it was a bargain and we also booked for the caves first thing in the morning. A bit of a lie in then.

And also at Hardraw,

And wildlife

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