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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York July 31st 2019

Leaving Sileby we had a great run up north; luckily there were no traffic problems. Our first stop was North Cowton which is 140 miles from Sileby and where we went to meet up with our cousin Valerie and her husband Keith. The last time Kev and I saw them was when they stayed with us for a few says in Sydney so there was plenty to talk about. Val and Keith were not that long back from a visit to see one of their sons who now lives in Brisbane. Norfth Cowton, where Val and Keith live, is a lovely Yorkshire village which, like Rearsby, is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. It was where, in August 1138, the English armies defeated the Scottish at nearby Cowton Moor so it's definitely somewhere you could spent time ... read more
Michelle, Keith & Charlotte
The girls in the garden
Terrington

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York June 21st 2019

Back on the coach we bid a fond adieu to Scotland and cross over into England at Northumberland. There was an amazing view of the North Sea as we crossed back into England. The sun was shining and the warmth of the day was upon us. Quite the welcome back. We are heading today to York, our last stop before returning to London. Our first stop the town of Alnwick. It means town on the clear river. We examined the outside of the castle from the 11th century. It is an outstanding example of a Norman castle. It was updated by Queen Victoria and the outside was used in the movie as a back drop in Harry Potter and in the TV show, Downton Abbey. A quick photo stop, and on to the center of town ... read more
Alan snoozing on the bus
Remains of Hadrian's Wall
York Minster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby January 1st 2019

The car was pointing north. As usual. We turned off the A1 on to the A168 and "home". It is a familiar stretch. I have often switched radio stations by this point to BBC Radio Tees. There is a sense of familiarity to the news and the accents delivering it. "If you're talking about it. We're talking about it". However, tonight I had left it tuned into a national station. Directly on cue as I make the turn off, a seasonal tune plays. We had been "top to toe in tailbacks' for most of the journey, but we are now almost on the "freeway'. Driving home for Christmas with a thousand memories. There are other Christmas records, but this one is the one that instantly gets anybody who hails from the hinterland of Teesside all nostalgic. ... read more
Whitby
Whitby Harbour
Whitby Harbour

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Pateley Bridge November 2nd 2018

Another travel tool: searching for “self-catering” cottages (similar to VRBO) led me to this delightful little rental in the charming village of Pateley Bridge. It has an award winning High Street, full of shops and tea rooms, and is nestled in a river valley with cut-velvet green draped over the surrounding hills. Of all of the places I’ve rambled on this trip, Wales and Yorkshire are standouts! Determined not to drive any more (I don’t get to see the scenery when I’m white-knuckling around every turn), I’m now either in transit or on foot. That’s all well and good, but in this burg, there‘s only one regular bus in and out, and it makes just seven trips per day, to/from Harrogate (which is 14 miles away, but because there are FIFTY-EIGHT potential stops, the trip takes ... read more
Pateley Bridge High Street
Pateley Bridge - looking down Church Street
Stile in stone wall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York October 4th 2018

I have an observation from a comment from yesterday that I thought some more of you might be interested in: “I suspect we will see several Cathedrals in London and I am looking forward to it. So far, they have all been spectacular in their own ways. York Minster is different from any of the others we have seen because of the stone it is built in. I think our bus guide said it was Yorkshire stone but wouldn’t swear to that. At any rate, the color of the stones is a light, creamy color—not stained at all which, to me, makes it look like that huge edifice could almost float up into the air. It really is an amazing building.” Goathland train station, where Harry Potter was filmed, was our first stop today. We rode ... read more
Swalford Sheep
Info on Goathland Station
Goathland Station

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York October 1st 2018

Oh, my, the things that we have SEEN! I’m going to have to be diligent about posting, just to keep up with the flow of photos. Our first night on the road was in York, where we managed to score a garret room (no lift) at a pretty, central hotel, in the midst of York’s Air Balloon Fest (a surprise to us). Unfortunately, the event made the traffic “bedlam” - it took an HOUR to travel 800 feet! I parked on “double yellow lines” overnight, so had to rise before dawn to move the car to a legal spot - but I was going out anyway, to watch the balloon launch. Upon our arrival, we took a twilight stroll into the old city and explored The Shambles (preserved medieval streets). We were astonished at the size ... read more
Garden at the Crown Inn
Pub lunch
Wheatlands Lodge, York

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Malham September 27th 2018

Mark had his lazy day so stayed at Station House watching TV and reading. The rest of us headed off to Malham Cove, driving over the narrow, windy roads on the high empty moors skirting the southern slopes of Scosthrop High Moor. At the Visitor Centre we were recommended a 5 mile walk to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. The clouds had cleared and we had lovely clear skies for the rest of the walk. As a group of young, noisy, school children set off towards Gordale scar we decided to do the walk in reverse. Will was glad about this as he preferred going up the reported 663 steps rather than down them. (Although when we got there Dad only counted 370 steps!) The path took us along the pretty Malham Beck to where it ... read more
Gordale Scar
Janet's Foss
Malham Cove

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » North York Moors September 25th 2018

On a quiet corner of the very edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, a monument stands aloft. It is a simple structure. A large monolith high on the edge of Easby Moor, it gazes out over the farmland below. The stacks and cooling towers of industrial Teesside way in the distance throw out plumes into the atmosphere. The monument is very Yorkshire. Plain and simple. No fuss. It does the job, but not really befitting of a man who hailed from these parts whose achievements arguably changed the course of history. Captain James Cook was born at Marton on the outskirts of Middlesbrough, but moved to the village of Great Ayton aged 8 when his father got work on a local farm. Cook lived here until the desire to seek a seafaring trade took hold and ... read more
Great Ayton
Captain Cook Statue, Great Ayton
Great Ayton

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Ingleton September 25th 2018

Tuesday was our long walk day and we wanted to find a nice circular route up Ingleborough! Dad, Mark and I drove to the Ingleton Information Centre where a very helpful man let us in early and let us flick through the walk guides. Annoyingly the way we drove in and parked didn't have an obvious P&D sign and though we were only there 20min tops avery inflexible parking warden gave Dad a ticket! (Even though we provided photographic evidennce of lack of signs in this part of the car park they made him pay it!) We did find a nice looking route though which was a bit under 10miles - incoroporating parts of The Pennine Journey and A Dales High Way. We parked on car on the outskirts of Ingleton and climbed the long rocky ... read more
Ribblehead viaduct
A glimpse of Ingleborough
Limestone pavement

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Ingleton September 23rd 2018

Sunday morning after breakfast we set off for Ingleton and the White Scar Caves. We arrived just in time to join the next guided walk whick took us about a mile, mostly following an underground stream. There were a couple of waterfalls, a long section walking above the stream. Some parts were narrow and tight and we were glad of our helmets which frequently hit the roof. There were several interesting formations and our guide told of stories about the cave's discovery. Then we went to the Ingleton Waterfall Trail, stopping for lunch at the entrance café. This was a beautiful walk starting going upstream along the River Twiss passing the Pecca Falls, Hollybush Spout and up to Thornton Force then leaving the river & heading across the fells past Twisleton Hall. There was an intrepid ... read more
Pecca Falls
First underground waterfall
We had to go unfder this waterfall




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