Days out in Yorkhire

Standard

 

 

 

It has been hot…as in 30-degrees-not-a-cloud-in-the-sky hot!

We have been enjoying the wide open vistas of the North Yorkshire, the peace and quiet, the rabbits, pheasants and partridges scurrying under lush hedgerows.  The brilliant purple heather just beginning to show its true colours….

IMG_2747

 

Still, York was calling, so Ollie and I braved the heat and were rewarded with such a delightful city.

 

IMG_2786

 

The Minster (Cathedral) of course being top of the list  and totally stunning.

We climbed the tower for spectacular views ( and a good puff).

IMG_2771

 

IMG_2772

 

The streets in York are just gorgeous.
The most visited being The Shambles – once home to 80 plus butcher shops! ”

IMG_2780

 

 

 

 

 

 

The narrow, cobbled streets with houses almost touching in the middle, now house chi-chi little boutiques and gift shops – I was very happy to wander.
We never even made it into  the museums I had planned to visit….another “next time.”

Nearby Rievaulx Abbey was so alluring and on a hot day just stunning to wander around with views of the surrounding country recreating the peace the monks must have experienced.  Now very impressive ruins with very interesting free audio tours.

IMG_2789

 

 

The Abbey, built in the 1200’s, housed over 400 monks at its peak and was self-sufficient.
Impressive in every way.

IMG_2795

 

Next on the list was Eden Camp.  A huge museum with individual topics housed in old Nissan huts.  This old POW camp has over 20 huts each showing a different aspect of World War two .

IMG_2809

 

It was well laid out and had a heap of information,  including some very realistic 3D displays.

 

IMG_2811

 

IMG_2810

 

Ollie was keen to come here and was not disappointed!  The POW stories from here were very interesting – it seems that life was pretty cushy for the prisnors, escapes were very rare and some even stayed on and married a local, or a land girl they had met while out working on a local farm!

When the sun comes out in such intensity, the beach is the only place to go!  Even if the North Sea is a tad chilly…
We had a lovely drive over the moors to  Runswick Bay, where numbers of sunworshippers swelled as the day went on.

IMG_2752

 

 

Ollie and Jo even went in for a quick dip!

IMG_2759

 

Maybe as the summer progresses I will get braver…
Down in Devon perhaps….?
It is an unfair comparision I know, but in the back of my mind is the knowledge, safe and sound, that we have a week in Bali in September on the way home!!

 

 

Advertisements

One response »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s