The Vale of Mowbray...
You might have seen us on Channel 5’s program, ‘Made in Yorkshire’ and seen the presenter of the show John Prescott driving through our beautiful county to our factory, located in Leeming Bar. The aerial shots of Yorkshire reminded us of what a beautiful place we live in and now the sun has started to shine, everything looks that little more stunning – especially with the lambs bounding around in the fields under the bright blue sky that stretches for miles across the valleys.
It inspired us to write a little more about where our state of the art bakery and Pork Pie HQ are located! The Vale of Mowbray lies between the North York Moors and the Hambleton Hills to the east and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales to the west – how lucky are we to have both the Moors and the Dales on either side of us! The Vale is mainly used for agriculture crops and there’s also pockets of woodlands.
The Vale is actually named after the family who were granted the rights to the land after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Robert de Mowbray was given the land by William the Conqueror in 1086 after Mowbray’s family had a stronghold at Thirsk Castle during the Conquest. Around the area, there’s quite a few quaint English countryside villages plus Northallerton, Bedale and Thirsk. It’s well worth a trip out to see us if you want a walk in the countryside – remember your pork pie picnic and camera!
There’s some amazing walks around the Bedale area, including the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The Three Peaks; Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent make up the three peaks challenge as walkers attempt to complete all three peaks in 12 hours or under; complete it and you’re eligible to join the Three Peaks of Yorkshire (as long as you remember to clock in and out at the Pen-y-Ghent cafe in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. The route is a 24.5 mile journey and has over 5,000 feet of ascent, so make sure you’ve packed plenty of water and Kendall Mint Cake to get you up those steep inclines, both of which we found a necessity when we took on the challenge. If you take on all three mountains or just one, it’s a beautiful view from the top so we’d say to take your time and enjoy the climb! Of course, we’d also recommend packing a pork pie in your backpack, whether that’s an individual pie for yourself or a pack of 6 mini pork pies. What’s better than sitting on top of a mountain that you’ve just climbed, reveling in your achievement by taking a moment to relax, eat and take in the stunning views over some of the most beautiful scenery – they call it God’s Own County for a reason after all!