A summer's day where time stands still

On a clear day, the road which winds from Leyburn to Bolton Castle gives drivers and walkers the perfect view of Penhill.

For those energetic enough to scale the ridge, the summit is home to small tarns and from the top of the peat moor the real splendour and green rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales come into sharp focus.

However, for those who prefer level ground, the area has just as much of interest.

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The market town of Leyburn, which sits above the River Ure, boasts more than just a picture postcard location. Home to the annual Dales Festival of Food and Drink, Leyburn's outdoor markets and speciality stores has turned the town into a haven for foodies.

Away from the town, the Dales open up and it's sometimes possible not to meet another person for miles.

This is a place where little has changed over the years and at Bolton Castle visitors are given a glimpse of times gone by. The medieval fortress at the heart of Wensleydale was completed in 1336 by Richard le Scrope, the first Baron of Bolton, and the ancient buildings are some of the best preserved in the country. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned there in 1569 and during the bloody Civil War the castle was besieged.

Today, the castle is still owned by the Scrope family and, like much else in the Yorkshire Dales, it has become a haven from the trappings of modern life.

Technical details: Nikon D3 camera, 1/500th sec @ F11 on a 17mm lens. ISO 400.