I enjoyed a couple of days off to relax after the intensity – or should that be insanity? – of meeting the deadline for our latest visitor guide to the Yorkshire Dales which goes on sale next week – watch out for details on www.dalesmanvisitorguides.co.uk. A walk around Stainforth in Ribblesdale, taking in the falls and the 360-year-old packhorse bridge, usually helps me to relax. I didn’t see any leaping salmon this time but the glorious weather turned everything into a picture-postcard scene.
Being there again reminds me of a website called www.transportheritage.com which I came across recently. It’s a decent site but I lost some faith in it after doing a search for the packhorse bridge at Stainforth. The site compilers have got themselves horribly confused with Stainforth near Doncaster. I’ve never been to the latter which I’m sure is a pleasant enough place, but I’m certain anyone who follows the site’s directions for the bridge and the waterfall will be mightily disappointed. They also state that the Ribble runs parallel to the Stainforth & Keadby Canal which is news to me and there is a photo of a lady supposedly sitting on the packhorse bridge when in fact she’s on the small bridge in Stainforth village some way from the famous old structure. I hope this comment doesn’t come across as me being smug… it doesn’t do for those of us who live in a glass house (being a magazine and website editor) to start chucking stones around!

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