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November 6, 2018

Summer is gone and we are getting frost in the air already. Even the berries are falling now as we begin to remember the snow and ice of last winter. Early morning dog walks mean crisp grass underfoot, and the General runs around like she is a puppy again and that ever...

October 13, 2017

​Just a fifteen minute drive Up Dale from River View Pateley, Middlesmoor is a world away. Looking down the valley at Gouthwaite and the rolling hills is breathtakingly beautiful. Turn around and the eyes can drink in the apparent wilderness of the kind of moorland tha...

November 23, 2016

 All those candles and throws miss the point of Hygge, or so my radio told me this morning. In sparsely populated Scandanavia, Hygge is about getting outside and reconnecting with nature rather than hibernation. We'll raise a glass to that, given the late autumn specta...

October 11, 2016

Steve has just put a small herd of Dartmoor on the field in front of River View Pateley. They have a with a job to do: eat off the grass left over from hay m

September 12, 2016

'Painter of light' William Turner left a pictorial record of his visits to other areas close to the cottage like Fountains Abbey, Masham Marketplace, Hackfall

September 10, 2016

Eat your heart out Rio; Nidderdale has its own premier sporting event. The Nidderdale Sprint Trainthlon takes place every second weekend in September and th

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