We then went on to "The Shawl", which is (according to the wikipedia article about Leyburn) "an escarpment of about 1.5 miles in length which provides panoramic views of rolling Wensleydale. According to legend, Mary, Queen of Scots, upon fleeing captivity in nearby Bolton Castle, dropped her shawl en route to Leyburn. The Shawl is the start of several circular walks taking in the nearby village of Wensley, from where Wensleydale takes its name."
How I'd love to go on one of those circular walks!
It had just begun to rain, though, and we only stayed a short while on The Shawl to take in the views before going back to the car. Accordingly, I took only a few pictures in Leyburn:
|N Y stands for North Yorkshire. NYPD here does not mean the same as in the US :-)|
|View from the start of The Shawl|
By the time we arrived at Aysgarth, the rain had stopped already, and we enjoyed walking down from the parking lot to Aysgarth Falls and spent some time down by the river, which was very relaxing.
Maybe you remember my "Live Blogging" from there - the post from the beginning of August with a short video of the falls is here.
A quick look around a former mill (now a tea room and several artisan shops), and up the hill to see the church and churchyard.
I found the churchyard very unusual in its layout; I've never seen one so hilly. It doesn't really show in the pictures (as up- and downhill paths often don't really show properly in my photos), but believe me, it was so.
The church itself was, according to information I found on the internet, rebuilt in 1536 after the original building dated back to the 10th century. The interior shows some fittings that were rescued from Jervaulx Abbey at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, including a rood screen.
This was not yet the end of our day out with J and B - there was one more place we wanted to see. But that will be in one of my next posts.