England: Life in the Dales


We made some friends whilst on our trip up to the highest Inn in Great Britain!
We made some friends whilst on our trip up to the highest Inn in Great Britain!

Yorkshire Born, Yorkshire Bred!

I am a "Yorkshire lass" through and through; I was born and bred here and love everything about it. I can't thank my parents enough for raising me in such a beautiful place. Many people take the views surrounding their local area for granted, not really noticing them as they go about their day to day life. I, on the other hand, can't get enough of the greenery around me. Even as you stand on the netball courts in my college, you look across and see field after field perfectly framed with bushy trees and carefully constructed dry stone walls. When the sun shines, the trees glow a bright golden colour. When it snows, a thick white blanket covers the fields like a giant sheet. In autumn, the ground is covered in a layer of crisp orange and golden leaves. It's a beautiful place to be.

The Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales

Dry Stone Walls

Something Yorkshire is famous for is its dry stone walling. Nowhere else in the world does this and, sadly, it is a tradition that is dying out. Dry stone walling is when walls are built by locking the stones together, one on top of the other, in such a way that no cement is needed. They are found throughout the Dales, usually running beside roads and in and through fields, separating the farmers' lands. [See the photo at the top of this page]

One of the many beautiful views found in Yorkshire
One of the many beautiful views found in Yorkshire

"Ee, By Gum, Lass!"


One thing that makes Yorkshire somewhat special is its accent and dialect. Like anywhere else in the world, Yorkshire has its very own unique dialect. Vowels tend to be elongated (for example, the "o" in the word "no" would be pronounced like "n-ohh") or flattened (something for which I'm often mocked is the word "butter", pronouncing the "u" very flatly, giving it a more accented feel). However, in words like "bath" and "master", the vowels are shortened, so where other parts of England may pronounce them "baaath" and "maaaster", we say "bath" and "master", with harsh emphasis on the "a". Of course, not everyone who was born and bred in yorkshire speaks like this, because there are other factors which influence a person's accent, such as others around them (family, friends, teachers etc).


A common feature of Yorkshire is that the word "the" tends to disappear and become a simple "t" sounds. For example, "Put the kettle on" would become "Put t'kettle on". We also have our own words and phrases for particular things. Something I always say is, "Put wood in't 'ole!" which means "Shut the door!" (literally, "put the wood in the hole"). Others include: [ * = those which are regularly used]

Aye* = Yes

Ta* = Thanks

Snicket* = an Alleyway

Chuffed* = Pleased

Hey up!* = Hiyah!

Gannins-on = Goings-on

Jiggered* = Exhausted / Broken

Beck* = Stream

Lad* = Boy

Lass* = Girl

Owt* / Nowt* = Anything / Nothing

Spell = a Splinter

"Any road,..." = "Anyway,..."

By gum! = By God!

There are, of course, many more, but this just gives you a little taster of the way we speak "here in't Dale!"


Richmond Castle
Richmond Castle

Everywhere you look in Yorkshire, there is evidence of our past, castles being a major piece of that evidence! Most things are kept very traditional here; the buildings are preserved and in good condition. Hundreds of tourists who come to visit Yorkshire end up venturing inside one our our castles, visiting our museums or just picnicing and enjoying the nice view.

And where would we be without those good old Yorkshire Puds?!

Sunday dinner (with yorkshire puddings, of course!)
Sunday dinner (with yorkshire puddings, of course!)

Food, Glorius, Food!

Apart from the good old English breakfast and our famous fish and chips, something else we are famous for is our Yorkshire puddings (or "Yorkshires" for short). The majority of households in England eat "Sunday dinner" every Sunday, which usually includes Yorkshire puddings along with mashed potato, swede, broccoli, carrots, peas, beef or chicken and "roasties" (roast potatoes). Yorkshires are made from the same mixture as pancakes (flour, milk and eggs) but placed in a special Yorkshire pudding tray, so that when placed in the oven they will rise and form a bowl shape, as you can see in the photo above. Finish them off by dowsing them in gravy and voila! Bon appetite!

2009 By Daniella Wood

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Comments 14 comments

collegecareerlife 6 years ago

Interesting hub and beautiful pictures. I've always wanted to travel to England.

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Wonderful pictures and a very interesting and descriptive hub, thank you. Yorkshire is a beautiful place.

poetlorraine 6 years ago

i think the yorkshire dales is my favourite place in the world like i wish i was there now

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DaniellaWood 6 years ago from England Author

Thank you very much to you all for your kind comments :) I really appreciate them. It is a wonderful place!

Keira7 6 years ago

Coucou Daniella, tu nous a encore fait un superbe hub. I love Yorkshire. Je suis d'accord avec toi, tu as vraiment de la chance de vivre dans cet endroit magnifique.

So sorry for the delay my friend. J'ai beaucoup de retard dans mon travail.:D

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DaniellaWood 6 years ago from England Author

Coucou Keira! Merci beaucoup :D Ouai, tu as raison, c'est magnifique! Ne t'inquietes pas, j'attends toujours de parler avec toi. A bientot :)

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mega1 6 years ago

I think this is a marv hub! Love the pics and could devour that food right now! Love the accent too! Very, very nice!

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DaniellaWood 6 years ago from England Author

What a lovely, enthusiastic comment! Thank you very much mega1, I'm so glad you liked it! :)

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

A great hub! I always loved England and I dearly miss my late wife's Yorkshire puddings and roast beef for Sunday Tea.

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Do You know why I loved this so much Daniella, because it brought so many memories back to me when I visited UK when I was 24. I went to Yorkshire and stayed at an Inn and had the pleasure of sleeping in one of those big four poster beds. It was amazing. I loved walking along the lake and I visited Richmond Castle. I love yorkshire pudding. My Aunt lives in Reading, I remember what a good cook she was and she made a great roast beef and yorkshire pudding for me and for a ittle time until I went to France. All the dialects as you say can be confusing and the words they say like "by gum", and of course "any road", my grandmother was always saying things like this because the scottish people also say these words as well. Thanks for the memories Daniella. I enjoyed it so very much. I hope you have a lovely and safe christmas and I hope you get everything you want in 2010 BB

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DaniellaWood 6 years ago from England Author

Thank you so much for your kind comments :) It means so much to me that my hub has brought you both happy memories. Yorkshire puddings are a classic!!

That's lovely to know, BeautyBabe, I'm glad I could rekindle such nice memories for you. :D Merry Christmas to you too!

Thank you, Daniella

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I am chuffed to tell you lass that by gum you are nominated in the Hubnuggets!!! Did I get that right Daniella? hahahahaha this is very interesting and life must be truly pretty and beautiful in the Dales. :) Congratulations and do join dreaming in our white Christmas Hubnuggets by voting and promoting your hub to friends. Here is the link: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/im-dreaming-o...

Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

First, congratulations on your Hubnugget Nomination. That is the reason I visited this hub. I love that tradition that HubPages has because it gives us all a reason to check out the new talent.

I loved this hub. You portray a very warm and welcoming vision of your home. I have a thing for castles too, which helps. I very much enjoyed reading this one. Good job

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DaniellaWood 6 years ago from England Author

Aye, lass, you got that spot on! haha Thank you! I'm not sure what a HubNuggest is yet but I'm guessing it's a good thing, so thank you!! :)

Thanks ever so much, Duchess OBlunt, I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub - it makes me feel very happy that I'm entertaining others with my writing :D


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