As Autumn moves from bright cold days when the sun glints on the russet and orange leaves, into a more soggy Winter, it's easy to feel like it's time to step back from the world.
It's lovely to be cosy indoors but I think it's even more enjoyable after some kind of outdoor activity, getting wet, cold and a little tired, and then coming inside to enjoy the contrast.
If you do feel like hibernating in the Dales, here are a few ideas to help you find some comfort and joy.
First of all you might like to pick up some supplies to see you through a long wintry evening - farm shops like Keelham and Town End Farm Shop are cosy places anyway and full of treats.
Once you've got your food and drink supplies, you might want to consider your entertainment. You could go old school with a Yorkshire Dales themed jigsaw from Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, or maybe visit one of our great independent book shops. You might also enjoy an evening by the fireside with Tales of the Dales by Ian Scott Massie. My best memories of cosy winter evenings as a child centre around days when we'd gone out for a bracing walk, come back and enjoyed a roast dinner and then settled down to enjoy watching James Herriot. How about a touch of nostalgia, watching the Dales of old with a box of All Creatures Great and Small. The new version is currently being filmed in the Dales and will be on our screens late in 2020.
If craft is your thing, then you could add to the cosy feeling, by creating something warming with wool, or you could look into learning a new craft somewhere like ArtisOn or Farfield Mill.
If your idea of hibernation involves a convivial atmosphere, with a few happy souls, a bar and an open fire, then you'll definitely enjoy a cosy Yorkshire Dales pub.