In the height of Summer, when the weather is warmer, I took the family for a picnic in the Rolls Royce to the River Wharfe between Deepdale and Yockenthwaite.
From our home in Richmond we head towards Hawes on the A684, via Leyburn, through Aysgarth to our first stop a village called Bainbridge.
Time for a cup of Yorkshire Tea and and ice-cream for the kids at the Cornmill Tea Room and we enjoy them on the village green, while the cafe owners come and have a look at the car.
Back on the A684 and a quick stop at Hawes to top up on the picnic at Ellijah Allen & Son for some local top quality produce.
From Hawes take Beggermans road for approx 11 miles to Deepdale, the scenery here is breathtaking and we are cruising along nice and easy! The river is just along the side of the road and an absolutely idyllic place to stop for a picnic. The kids and the car are unloaded, kids in the stream, table laid with great food and a glass of wine. We stayed for the afternoon, perfect tranquillity, kids happy and only a handful of people around.
We packed up and decided to take a different route home to enjoy more of the scenery, both of kids fell asleep happy, full and content in the back of the car.
From our perfect spot we continued through Yockenthwaite to Buckden to Starbottom to Kettlewell. This is a lovely village for a stroll round the shops but we like the tearoom called The Cottage for another great cup of tea and cake. www.kettlewelltearooms.co.uk
Heading back on another route out of Kettlewell onto Cam Gill Road (approx 15 miles) which takes you to Middleham and then Leyburn, back to Richmond.