I like to think Dales-style traffic jams are more pleasant than those in busy cities.
There you are, driving along a wonderful wandering lane, perhaps even following in the footsteps of drovers of the past, and you get the chance to slow down and take a moment.
Here's why a Dales traffic jam can be a good thing:
First of all they're usually caused when lambs are being moved from one pasture to another, cows being milked or taken to a lusher field. And they're all gorgeous animals aren't they?
Secondly, it means the Dales are alive and real, with working farms and farmers producing wholesome food and fodder.
And finally, some of our traffic jams are just caused by animals wandering freely, enjoying their life out on the hills, eating the finest freshest greenest grass.
Take the wonderfully scenic route over the hills from Middleham to Kettlewell and you're likely to come across Highland Cattle calmly going about their business moving from one side of the lane to the other, or over the tops from Malham to Settle and you'll either see Highland Cattle or lovely Belties (or Oreo Cows as some call them!).