Me and Ryan are recently returned from a weekend camping in Keld. We've stayed at Rukins campsite before and decided to revisit the beautiful spot.
Arriving late on a bank holiday Friday night we didn't expect to find our perfect pitch by the river empty, but we were pleasantly surprised so pitched up, grabbed a fire pit and settled in for a long, sunny weekend.
Unlike our previous stay we decided to explore the wider campsite and stumbled upon stunning pools and waterfalls - I was hoping for warmer water to enjoy a plunge, but northern England's waters are made for those braver than me! We did spend some time perfecting our skimming stone technique before searching for dead wood which I later used to light a fire with all natural materials (an exciting first for me)!
On Saturday we ventured off on a lovely walk to Muker, which took around 1 and a half hours. The path led along the banks of the river Swale and in-between the iconic rolling hills of the Dales where we spotted many pheasants and even caught a glimpse of hatchlings hidden away in a tree. In Muker we shared a bowl of chips, drinks and attempted the charity pub quiz at The Farmers Arms.
Sunday saw us visit a favourite village, Hawes, where Ryan ate the world's best Ploughman's lunch (he's still talking about it now!) and I snuck away into a second hand bookshop to find a beautiful Mark Twain book just waiting to join my shelf.
On our return from Hawes we stopped off at Hardraw to visit a hidden waterfall. Hardraw Force is currently England's highest, single drop waterfall and it was spectacular!! I've been visiting the Dales since childhood and was shocked that I had never stumbled upon it before, it's well worth the couple of pound entry they charge so please don't be put off by this!
And finally Monday arrived and it was time for home, but after one of the best, chilled out weekends we were reluctant to leave our riverside pitch behind - but we'll be back!