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Harrogate District

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  • Day120

    Happy New Year 2017 in Harrogate

    January 1, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    I've been busy walking for the past three days checking out the neighbouring areas. It warmed up yesterday and back to the cold today. I made myself some curried carrot and ginger coconut soup with a lovely mixed salad for New Years dinner along with a bottle of Jacobs Creek Chardonnay. The wine was on special for 5£ and I know back in Canada it's about $22 per bottle. Managed to make it to see in the new year and watched the fireworks from my bedroom window. Keeping an eye on the weather to see where my next leg will be on the 6th. It's been really great to have my own space and down time. I do miss my boys and my friends. I can't believe I've been away three months already.Read more

  • Day113

    Happy Christmas in Harrogate

    December 25, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    I arrived in Harrogate yesterday with Sandra and her sister Moira, who lives in Scotland, picking me up at the airport. The landing was like a teeter totter coming in because it was so windy. I unpacked my things in a besutiful bedroom and we headed off to a French restaurant for lunch to celebrate Lucy's 30th birthday (Sandra's daughter). After lunch we went to Josies and Rods played board games and drank lots and lots of wine. So much fun! Wonderful people with such big snd funny personalities; very dry wit. Had a good nights sleep and then took Dillon the dog for a 1.5 hr walk this morning. We started Christmas drinks with Prosseco at noon when James joined us. I made the Christmas chicken while Moira made the veggies and then we had a wonderful dinner. After dinner we went to James' place ate more, drank more and played more board games. We had so much fun. What a wonderful bunch of people!Read more

  • Day115

    Historical Harrogate

    December 27, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    It's4 degrees in December and the tulips have popped out of the ground already. I don't know if my walking shoes will make it another month. I set out this morning to walk the dog and when I got back to the house, after the dog was good and tired, I set out to check out Harrogate. I walked 18 kms today and my legs are feeling it. Interesting things about Harrogate: six royal visits, famous tea house, famous Turkish steam baths with therapeutic mineral/sulphur water; roadways built by a blind man named Jack(a pub was built in his honour); majority of the population is upper class; majority of the people own at least one dog; and hundreds of acres of green space and woodlands. There is a very different feeling to this town, educated, fit, and extremely social. Sandra told me to go visit the tea house as it was a historical place well worth the visit. I found it but the queue to get in was 30 people deep. I did look through the window and the pastries looked fantastic. I will try to get in for the famous Taylors Yorkshire tea. Yorkshire pudding also originated from here. Jim Carter (Mr. Carson from Downton Abbey) was born here and studied theatre here. The town has many active ghosts. Can't wait to find out more!Read more

  • Day16

    Day 12 - my birthday!

    August 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Lazy morning - opened cards and sat on our veranda! Went for bike ride but it was v hot! Got as far as Bridge Lake.
    Planned to swim in afternoon but wind changed and smoke came our way so had drive around.
    Dinner at Boondocks - halibut fish and chips!

  • Day1

    Getting Ready

    October 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We are getting ready for our Scottish holiday and we hope you will follow us on our journey.

  • Day4

    Day 4 - York and Yorkshire

    July 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    What do we typically think about when York is mentioned? For me it's Yorkshire pudding, Vikings, ancient architecture and Monty Python. Not sure if any Python was a Yorkshireman or where pudding originated.

    The day started at Darley. A drive through the Dales, Harrogate (the traffic was horrendous) and to the outskirts of York. About a 40 minute drive. Our host had already recommended we use the Park n Ride facility. Car parked, £10 for bus tickets return for four and we were in York in no time. The best way to get the lay of the land and an introduction is on the hop in hop off bus. Great drivers who a very helpful and funny. we bought day tickets and hopped on and alighted close to the Minster. By now it was time for coffee so we found an independent cafe with a twist. The cafe is built into part of the ancient wall and even had a remnant of the Roman wall under a glass panel in the floor. Amazing - and perfect coffee.

    Next it was time to visit the Jorvik Viking center. A great way to learn about the past. When we arrived at the center the entry queue was about 100 deep. We estimated it would take about 2 hours before we could get in and thought, no we can other things. So we were Viking deprived. Instead we looked over Clifford Castle. The remains of a 13th century castle high in an embankment, complete with spiral stone staircases. Gabbing still not recovered from the Boston stair climb, we reluctantly began. At least these stairs were shorter. The climb to the top of the Castle was well worth it. The view is amazing. Easy to envision archers high on the platform firing down on enemies. Pouring boiling oil, throwing rocks. Great history.

    A short walk to the Minster and look over this ornate and elaborate cathedral, and a walk around was time to hop in the bus for more information and inspiration.

    By now it was time for lunch. A location Italian restaurant provided great service and food. After the recharge it was time to climb and walk the city wall. Thoroughly recommended. The walk is quite easy but a little scary in parts because so parts don't have a handrail or barriers.

    Time to head home via Sainsbury's for supplies, fill up the hire car and catch some vistas in the Dales. The hire car is a Mitsubishi plug in hybrid. The car came with very few instructions. With only 2000 miles on the clock, still in prime condition. Luckily the accommodation host has the identical car. He told us about the charging process and features.

    Enroute to the Dales we pass RAF Menwith Hill radar installation. From a distance it looks like white shade houses. As you get closer it's a weird sight of many giant white golf balls. As you drive past it's hard not to get the feeling you are in the XFiles movie and you are about to have your first encounter with aliens. Weird feeling. The Dales beckon. Rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Rock paddock fences. Neatly stacked that have stood if time for what looks like centuries. A beautiful sight.
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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Darley via Nottingham

    July 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Time for a dose of legend and more rural lifestyle. After checkout we made a beeline for Nottingham to look over castle and brush up on all things Robin Hood. The castle didn't open until 10am so plenty of time for a coffee. In our search we asked a Castle attendant who turned out to be a real character. He guided us to an 'independent' cafe as opposed to Starbucks etc. the coffee was great - perfect Macchiato - and the staff entertaining. Purchased entry tickets for the Castle and museum and proceeded to look around. On several more occasions we meet out coffee direction guy. Each time to be greater as long lost relatives. Great vantage point to view the lookout and survey Nottingham and surrounds.

    Having had our fill of Nottingham we headed north to visit Sherwood Forest. On route we stopped off at Archer's for lunch. Great English fare and nice traditional ales. Located Sherwood Forest and walked to the Major Oak. An old, large gnarled tree in need of limb supports and guy wires. Interesting Forest that seems to be well patronized by locals. Open to walking dogs, bike riding and horse trail riding.

    Some 2 hours drive north into Yorkshire to arrive at our next night's accommodation. In the country traversed the mist interesting features were a huge coal fired power station, magnificent vistas and a strange looking RAF experiment in radio warfare. Being too early to check in and in need of supplies, a visit to Sainsbury's was in order. Could have been ASDA, Tesco or Aldi but Sainsbury's was the closest. Stocked up on bread, cheese, crackers, fruit and Vegemite (errr marmite as no Vegemite in sight. Postage stamps were also needed for postcards back home. Finding a post office was a real chore. Sainsbury's have stamps but not for international mail. All provisions purchased, time to follow the GPS home.

    After country roads with picturesque views of Yorkshire dales with dry stone walks around paddocks to odd looking sheep, woolly bulls, pigs and plain old pasture we arrived at a stately stone farmhouse lodge. We were greeted by a peacock and a turkey with numerous other avian types, and two very large pigs. Farm types that is.

    Dinner was cheese and crackers with fresh fruit. After another full day everyone was in bed by 8pm. Jet lag is still taking its toll. Tomorrow time to explore York.
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  • Day14

    Day 8 Homeward bound

    October 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    After a comfortable night’s sleep we set off for home via an M&S food hall where we got our lunch, and dinner for later. We had decent traffic on our journey and got home just after 3pm. In total we have driven 1212 miles, filled up with fuel 3 times, caught 4 ferries, visited 3 islands and stayed in 5 different hotels/B&Bs.

    We have thoroughly enjoyed our Highlands and Islands holiday and we were sad to wave goodbye to Scotland as we crossed the border. Smudge was waiting for us when we got home and was very pleased to see us. He has been following us around the house and has been purring a lot!

    We have some new ideas for places we would like to explore for future holidays and we have been bitten by the island bug. Thank you for reading, we hope you have enjoyed travelling along with us.

    Andrew and Sarah.
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