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Dales Way Pubs: The Red Lion, Burnsall, North Yorkshire

The penultimate day of our Dales Way (in reverse) walk was pleasant and sunny but seemed unusually long as we were really starting to feel the distance covered.  We walked from Cray to Bucken down a rocky path (and past the sadly closed-down Buck Inn), then along the river from Buckden to Kettlewell, before climbing onto the moor for a long section to Grassington.  We stopped in Grassington for a soft drink and a Yorkshire Dales ice cream before heading along a gentle and pretty final section along the river to Burnsall.

For our final night The Red Lion was a touch of luxury.  We’d booked a bigger room on a mid-week deal and got a lovely one with a very large bed and a really posh bathroom.  Although it was a Wednesday the restaurant was fully booked by the time we checked in around 5.30pm, but we got a seat in the bar where the same menu was available.  I had fish and chips done well whilst Kate had cod with peas, broad beans and salsa verde (she’s posher than me).

For dessert, Kate had a chocolate, pear and frangipan tart and I had a selection of Yorkshire cheeses.  I appreciated the way the cheeses came not only with some nice chutney and crackers, but also some fruitcake.  I’d not come across the cheese and fruitcake combination before I came to live in Yorkshire, but it’s brilliant.

The beer was also good.  Again the selection was more limited than what you would find in Leeds, but I was very happy with an Ilkley Mary Jane, which I’d been looking forward to having as we got nearer to Ilkley.  It’s a really good light, hoppy, pale session beer and perfect with fish and chips after a very long walk on a hot spring day.

The breakfast was nice as well, offering a good selection including smoked haddock and poached eggs.  I opted for a full English with poached eggs, which is presumably twice as healthy as having the same breakfast with fried eggs.

This section of the walk offers a number of options for accomodation in Kettlewell, Grassington and Appletreewick as well as Burnsall, but The Red Lion was just what we needed on our final night.

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