Camping in Keld

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.

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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)!

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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. 

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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!  

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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!