Camped with our mates in Swaledale again last weekend at this fantastic campsite. Usha Gap base camp The weather was horrific, but when did that ever stop anyone having aContinue readingUsha Gap base camp
Muker, Swaledale is one of the most beautiful places you could wish to visit. Located at grid reference SD910978, on the banks of the Straw Beck near its confluence with theContinue readingMuker, Swaledale
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Muker, Swaledale is one of the most beautiful places you could wish to visit. Located at grid referenceSD910978, on the banks of the Straw Beck near its confluence with the River Swale, at one time a centre for leadmining, the main economic activities are now woollenclothing, tourism and sheep farming.
Famous now of course for the first stage of the Tour de France, which whizzed through in July 2014 on the first stage of the race, having dropped down into Swaledale through Buttertubs pass.
In the village, the pub is the Farmers Arms, and does a great pint of Black Sheep. Muker also has a village shop as well as craft shops and a café. Originally the Vicarage, the Muker village tea shop was built in 1680 and retains much of its 'Olde worlde charm' today. A Park Information Point for the Yorkshire Dales National Park can be found at the Muker Village store.
Here are some shots from the weekend spent camping at Usha Gap campsite, well worth a trip at any time of the year, we will be back soon.
A bit about Muker from Wikipedia...
The traditional late 18th and early 19th century barns and drystone walls of Swaledale are the most characteristic feature of the landscape. The flower-rich hay meadows around Muker are of international importance and are carefully protected. Farmers receive grants which allow them to farm the land by traditional methods, without using artificial fertilizers.
Muker is also home to the Muker Silver Band, a brass band formed in 1897. The band, which recently celebrated its hundredth anniversary, is now one of the last surviving bands in Swaledale and Wensleydale, and still maintains a busy calendar of public appearances.