Tuesday, 20 June 2017

40 Teashops & Eating places within 2.6 miles of Settle

Fancy a cup of coffee? You're in luck at Settle. 

40 Places!!   .. and the total's growing ..

Place number 42: Coffee available from 5.30am!!
Lamberts: Newsagents on the Marketplace: 

 Lamberts has an outside  Notice board with small adds.

It's Settle FlowerPot Festival time of year - and Lamberts has a Liquorice Allsort Man!.

Place number 41: Opened on 27 June: The Courtyard Dairy

Upstairs is the cafe
The shop
 This is 3.4 miles from the centre of Settle - so maybe not within the 2.6 mile definition.. But it's such a fine place I must include it:
See my blogpost 

1. Brand new eating place number 40:- Opened on 21 June 2017: The Coffee- House at The Folly
This picture was taken on 19 June -
as the electricians make final touches
to the new Coffee-house

Inside a Sneak preview
picture taken two days before opening:-
There are two coffee rooms.. 

Ivy-leaved Toadflax growing near the door.

2. Settle Railway Station
Shop at Settle Railway Station -
serve Drinks of Tea and Local Ice-cream

3. 3 Peaks Cafe

Three Peaks Cycle shop -New  Cafe -
Opening times || Picture of inside of cafe
4. The Singing Kettle, Settle
The Singing Kettle, Settle

5.  Poppies Tea Room

Poppies Tea Room


We may be losing our local schools and petrol stations (and even pubs) .. but ..

Settle residents and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to partaking of tea or coffee.

Early-late evening meals: 16 places within 2.6 miles of Settle 

Cup of tea/coffee/cakes on a Tuesday morning within Settle itself (excluding even Giggleswick): 17 places (or 20 including take-aways).  Not bad for a resident population of c.4500 (including Settle, Giggleswick, Langcliffe and Stainforth)

Places nearby but outside Settle include (distances from Settle Market Place) : The Courtyard - 1.7 miles, Craven Arms (1.3 miles) The Knights Table. Little Stainforth (2.6 miles), The Craven Heifer, Stainforth (2.4 miles)

A big thank you to all the visitors who support our shops!!!.


6. Settle Down Cafe

Settle Down Cafe

Tuesday Mornings only:-
  1. Settle Methodist Ch. Tuesday Coffee Morning 10-12
  2. Settle Angl Ch. Tuesday Coffee & Lunches 10-13.30
  3. Traidcraft Tuesday 10-12 Friends Meeting House
  4. Victoria Hall  Tuesday 10.00-15.00 Coffee and Bacon Butties.

    Sunday Afternoons only:-
  5. Langcliffe Teas in Summer - Langcliffe Inst  2-4.30pm. *****

    All Week Days, and sometimes Sundays:-
  6. Lay of the Land Garden Centre 
  7. Poppies Tea Rooms   10.00-15.00  (Wed Closed)
  8. Singing Kettle
  9. Naked Man Cafe             Longridge ice-cream
  10. Settle Down Cafe
  11. 3 Peaks Cycle Shop Cafe
  12. Limestone View Cafe
  13. Settle Railway Station
  14. The Fisherman 11.30-20.30
  15. Fish and Chip Shop Cafe at the Shambles 11.30-19.30 (Cafe) 11.30-20.30 (shop). Yorks Tea
  16. Watershed Mill (really in Langcliffe Parish)
  17. Car and Kitchen
  18. Bar 13  3pm-11pm Internet Cafe
  19. The Falcon Hotel
  20. The Folly Coffee-House 9.30am - 4.30pm Mon- Sat and 10.30am - 4.30 on Sunday

  21. Talbot Arms - open all day
  22. The Royal Oak   Lunch 12-2.30pm and evenings
  23. The Lion  All Day

    Take Away:
  24. Forage and Feast      9-3.30pm M,T Th,F  9-1pm W, Sa
  25. Settle (Coop) Petrol Garage 7-11pm 
  26. Booths - Coffee
  27. Lambert's newsagents on the Market Place 5.30am-5pm

    Take Away / Evening restaurants:
  28. Dales Pizza 824411 Take Away and Delivery
  29. Ruchees
  30. R. Spice - Indian on the Market Place    5-10pm F, Sa 5-11pm
  31. China Choice - Take away (no tea/coffee)  825825  5pm-11pm (Fri,Sa -middnight)
  32. Italian - Basement of the Shambles    824929 (5-9pm). Summer June-Aug also 12-3pm)
  33. Griddle and Sizzle     5-9pm T,Th,Fr,Sa,Su  M,T closed. 822277
  34. Little House              W,Th, F, Sa, Su from 6pm Closed Mo Tu 823963
  35. The Craven Arms     (weekends and evenings) 
  36. The Black Horse 
  37. The Hart's Head        12pm-9pm
  38. The Tuck shop -        Well Ice cream--  and Fizzy drinks - no coffee,

    Within three miles of Settle:  
  39. The Courtyard
  40. Knights Table - Little Stainforth    BD24 0DP 822200 9.00-21.00
  41. The Craven Heifer, Stainforth
  42.  The Courtyard Dairy, Beyond north end of Settle Bypass  LA2 8AS - View: Google Maps.

Population (2011 Census) Settle:2560 Giggleswick 1270, Langcliffe: 231 (total S,G,L: 4061) 
Stainforth: 231. We also have two large caravan sites (not included)

The Talbot Arms has just had its doorposts painted for you.

Enjoy the beer garden at the back of the Talbot

Post first started 24 May 2017 but is frequently updated - latest update: 12 July

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Horton Gala Day 3 of Do Something Wild

Do something outdoors - 3 June - Horton Gala - The start of the Pen y Ghent Fell Race

On your marks

Alpacas from Kirby Lonsdale

Friday, 9 June 2017

2 June - Colt Park - Carex-leporina - Oval Sedge

Yea - we found some sedges too! 
On day two of 30 Days Wild

An oval patch of Carex leporina - Oval Sedge - Growing just where it should be growing  - in rush pasture.

This is the Vignea group of sedges - all the spikes look similar and have a mixture of male and female flowers

If you look close ...

Very close -- you can see that the male flowers (with anthers)
are near the bases of the spikes and the female flowers 9with stigmas) are at the tip.

The shoots, especially the flowering shoots radiate out from the centre of the oval.

A bigger tuft

Here we are at a meadow plot discussing
different ways of measuring abundance of species.
How can we record a good representation of what is there?

Saturday, 3 June 2017

June 1st - Grasses at Colt Park

 Studying grasses at Colt Park - Thank you to Natural England for letting us use their teaching room and facilities. Researchers and Soil Scientists from Manchester University.

To work at last.. 
This is Day 1 of 30 Days Wild - Do something outdoors every day of June.  Grasses is a good start.

See what we did the second day in the following post.

Between the Ure and the Nidd, between the Skell and the Laver - An Antipodean Alien

1. Context:- Historical and geographical 

To skip  the rambling details you can click here for the point lower down the post where I say what this intriguing plant is.
I grew up in Ripon -- with the purple moor (I now realise) of Dallow Gill hazily visible in the distance from the top floor of the science block at school.

On 31 May I drove from Grewelthorpe and Hackfall Woods, SE230775  (having visited the woods with Nidderdale AONB Volunteers Botany Group) back to Pateley Bridge - skirting the side of these moors - and driving over the bridge at Skell Gill where we visited to paddle so many years ago.

From this moor, 270m,  at the very flat water divide between the Skell and the Laver (which join up at Ripon) I could look back down on How Hill

View of How Hill from Dallow Moor.
The Skell flows into Ripon, just to the left of How Hill
I parked and drank the lemonade drink (that I had humped round all day with the AONB Botany group, down and up the hills of Hackfall). Looking back north north east I was amazed at the gentleness of the slope
View NNE: The Pennines slope gently down from west (left) to east

From the same spot looking south south west I was amazed at the gentleness of the slope. 

(Brimham rocks is only 4 or 5 km away to the SW, and the road at Brimham is also 270m, though the rocks rise a little higher) 

View SSW: The Pennines slope gently down (from west (right) to east.
The road is going over the water divide between the  Laver and Ure to the north (behind)  and the Skell  1/2 mile ahead

2. The plant

The land is managed for heather for grouse.

I inspected the road verges for interesting plants.

I found one that I did not recognise at first - "Do I need Poland and Clement - the vegetative key?" I thought. Then I realized it might be an invasive species - spread all the way along the road on both sides.  What looks like Agrostis -fescue grassland on either side of the road in the above pictures is mostly this new plant I had not seen before. It has pinnate leaves and looks a little like Pirri-pirri-burr -(an alien from New Zealand) - But it is not quite the same... Needs investigating.

I continued to Skell Gill bridge.

Bridge over the Skell
With Pertusaria corallina lichen

The Skell
There were at least six species of Sphagnum on the moist banks

 And here is the plant - with New Zealand Willowherb growing in the wetter banks of the road ditch.  I shall have to use Poland and Clement...

Or maybe it is Chamomile Lawn??


Keying out with Poland led me to the possibility of Cotula.
It was a plant with alternate simple leaves and deeply pinatifid, very slightly fleshy leaves, no hairs; It had buds that showed it was the daisy family,  It came out in Section PU in Poland.  Cotula coronopifolia  is the only daisy type plant in that section. I had a look on the internet at Cotula and "invasive species".  (C coronopifolia has yellow petals and is prostrate and grows in salty places, so it wasn't likely to be that species itself)

Keying with Stace, and internet picture searches, and dissection of the flower bud (Asteraceae) which had continued to grow in the plastic bag I had left it in, led me to Cotula australis - Batchelors buttons. 

Hmm, no  Cotula australis in this part of Yorkshire - surely this area has already been well surveyed.

3. Digression 

Note on Pirri Pirri burr. Pirri Pirri burr has  ball-like heads of hooked seeds (burs). It spreads on peoples shoes and animals. The two other places I have seen it are on Lindisfarne where it is a big problem and on Skipwith Common - both are nature reserves. But it has stipules. My plant does not.

You can buy Pirri pirri burr in shops. Plantlife consider that it should be a "Schedule 9" plant - Certain species of plants and animals that do not naturally occur in Great Britain have become established in the wild and represent a threat to the natural fauna and flora. They are put on schedule 9.

4. Further investigation

I was due to take Nidderdale AONB Botany group out to visit that road on Wed 14 June (the next day) . 
I emailed The local BSBI recorder, and I emailed Kevin Walker of the BSBI, who I knew would know the area I had visited.

He replied! Thanks.
Yes it is Cotula.. (but not Cotula australis) - It's not in our books! It is Cotula alpina.  This plant was reported to him by Linda Robinson  in 2009 .., and possibly first noted (though misidentified in c1978) in Nidderdale.. but there is more story to come.. .. that will be on another post

This was his first message to me: - 
"It is Cotula alpina from Australia. Linda Robinson first alerted us to it but I've traced records back to 1978 by Harrogate Naturalists. It is widespread on grouse moor tracks on east side of Nidderdale, North York moors and north of Ullapool. In all these areas it is spreading along tracks/road verges. It is a very rare rockery plant but we're not sure how it got from gardens to grouse moors!"

I have now read Linda Robinson's article on discovering it in 2009.


So - we were eight years late in discovering it.. I wonder how much it has spread since then - the verges on either side of the road are almost entirely this Cotula

Meanwhile, shortly to come are pictures of our day on 14 June:


0 June - well, 31 May 2017 actually :
A trip to Hackfall Woods with Nidderdale AONB volunteers.
View of Vale of Mowbray

View of Vale of Mowbray/Vale of Pickering

On this wall were lichens:- Candelariella vitellina and Rhizocarpon reductum

A view has been cut out looking towards Masham Church

We went down to the river Ure

Thinking about grasses? or just thinking.

 Or watching the man fishing

Or the children looking for fish?

Ah we're making notes now

Thin-Spiked Wood-Sedge - and lots of it. Carex strigosa

It turned out to be honeysuckle

View of Mowbay Caste

View of Mowbray Castle

View of How Hill from Dallowgill Moor.
The Skell flows just to the left of How hill

The Pennines slope gently down (from West (left) to east

The Pennines slope gently down (from West (right) to east.
The road is going over the water divide between the  Laver and Ure to the north and the Skell  1/2 mile ahead

Bridge ov er the Skell
With Pertusaria coraliza lichen

The Skell