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Ryedale District

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  • Day711

    Marfit Head Farm Campsite

    June 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    It was an early start to meet our friend Suhaine at Weetslade Country Park, near Gosforth for a stroll, followed by a natter over a cuppa, cakes and cookies in the van. It was great to catch up!

    We dropped into a nearby caravan shop and bought a couple of replacement plastic wine 'glasses'. Proper glass ones are heavy and get broken so easily in the van.

    After stocking up with food we drove south to the North York Moors, the countryside opening up before us as we neared our destination; Marfit Head Farm Campsite! We'd booked 5 nights here as a kind of holiday from the usual wild camping. At £13 a night it was more expensive than we are used to paying, but cheap for the UK, especially considering it included electric hookup.

    Marfit Head is a working dairy farm with 450 cattle, a few pigs, chickens, donkeys, wild goats and sheep. We were greeted by Angela who showed us where we could park using a copy of the site's hand drawn map. It is always more relaxing to have all the facilities to hand, such as bins, toilet emptying, drinking water and electricity. The sun was shining, so the 3 of us sat outside within our large allocated grassy pitch. Swallows darted around the field, Song Thrushes sang and cows lowed - bliss!

    Feeling considerably more chilled out, Vicky took a little time to explore before tea. To her delight, she discovered May, a black faced lamb with Fizz, her very friendly and noisy mother. Merlin the ram was in a seperate field with Jade, the retired beach donkey and her two fully grown foals. The sheep were Swiss Valais; a breed used for both meat and wool. They had had long curved black faces and were the biggest sheep Vicky had ever seen!

    Over the track were 8 tiny piglets, just 4 days old, that suckled enthusiastically as soon as Honey, their Mum, lay down. Adjacent to their enclosure was a pen containing 5 black Vietnamese Potbelly pigs, snuffling happily in the evening sunshine. All these animals were rescued and are now kept as pets on this family run farm.
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  • Day714

    Milking at Marfit Head

    June 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    (We're a bit late in uploading this one but hopefully it will be interesting!)

    One of the things that tempted us to stay at Marfit Head Farm Campsite was the opportunity to watch the cows being milked. This happened at 6am and 4pm, so we arranged to observe it on the afternoon of our first full day. Although we'd both seen milking on a small scale before and volunteered on a goat farm last summer, we'd never seen such a big operation and were fascinated, asking lots of questions and soaking up the information.

    Storm, the Border Collie helps herd the 450 cows from one of several pastures into the yard, from where they enter the milking shed and wait one by one to enter the 58 place New Zealand style rotary milker. They graze all summer and have their diet supplemented in the winter with homegrown silage and some beet fodder. The owner Angela led us round the raised concrete plinth with metal bars dividing each numbered milking station which hosted an electronic control pad, tubes and 4 suction cups.

    The cows themselves work out which order they enter the stalls, but this stays pretty much the same each day. They can detect smells from 6 miles away and were keen to get to the grain they knew would be automatically deposited into a feed tray once they were boxed in and travelled past a lever in the rotation. It takes approximately 10 minutes for an individual to go full circle and the suction cups automatically drop off when they sense the milk has stopped flowing. When they reach the end, a bar raises up and the cows reverse out of their stall to make their way back to the field. The herd was made up mostly of the big black and white Holstein-Fresians, a few of which did a double rotation as they had so much milk. Angela and her partner Trevor have also introduced the smaller brown Jersey cows and some Milking Shorthorns for a better mix of butterfat. The farm's bulls are allowed to run freely with the herd at times and produce cross bred calves. Each cow is kept until they are around 18 years old and will calve approximately 4 times in her life. The female calves are kept on as milkers and the bull calves are sold on to be reared for meat for a couple of years. Some cows had calved very recently and their afterbirths were still hanging. These were removed by Angela's 21 year old son who was running the milking session with te help of another worker.

    The milk is pumped into a storage container and collected by a tanker twice a week. The farm has always been keen on education and until recently, their produce was distributed fresh to local schools, whose classes would visit to see where their milk came from. Unfortunately there were problems with the distribution company and now the milk gets powdered and shipped to China to use in baby formula. Although we would have loved to buy some, regulations mean they are not allowed to sell it unpasturised.

    It had been an hour since we'd come into the parlour. At the start we didn't think we had many questions but as we watched, they flowed easily and we ended up quizzing Angela and learning loads. We felt really grateful for the opportunity to observe and find out about it all.

    You can view a short video of the milking on the VnW Travels You Tube Channel here: https://youtu.be/ecTy4Q1WIe4

    We spent 5 nights in total at Marfit Head Farm. At first we were a little worried we'd get bored but after having a busy month visiting family and friends, our bodies and minds were grateful for the opportunity to rest and catch up with some repairs on the van. Vicky spent many hours reupholstering the bench cushion - a very tricky process because of the awkward shape and material. She was however very pleased to find that her sewing machine operated well on the lithium ion charge box we had bought at christmas. The fact we don't need to be hooked up to electric means it is definitely worth taking with us on our travels. The cover is now useable, but still needs a lot of hand sewing before it is finished. No wonder the cost of getting it reupholstered professionally is so high!

    Will was able to fix a loose connection to one of the van's rear lights, order a new side light and make a stand for his fishing rod. We were very happy we chose to stay here and left feeling refreshed and relaxed.
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  • Day10

    Castle Howard Gardens

    August 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Because Mark is an idiot we have never been here before despite driving almost by the front gate several occasions in the past.
    What a great place.
    Ancestral home of the Howard family, it’s been through some ups and downs since building started in in 1702. Had the almost obligatory country house fire in 1944 and parts are still not renovated.

    Huge place designed by John Vanbrugh who also planned Blenheim Palace.
    Good only to work on big things. You can see the similarities between the two although the guide suggested this was a more “domestic “ set of buildings! If by domestic you mean the size of a city block.

    Has the biggest family mausoleum in Northern Europe with spaces for 67 and a restoration bill of over 17million pounds. Death is not cheap.

    Had sun, rain, wind during the day, a real Yorkshire day.

    Of course has a couple of Follies; The Temple of The Four Winds, an obelisk the size of Sydney Tower, a pyramid a little smaller than Giza and a fountain called Atlas. Unfortunately he’s not working as the water levels are low due to the lack of rain.

    Will just have to come back to see.
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  • Day9

    Nunnington Hall

    August 9, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Another National Trust gem.
    Tucked away at the bottom of the Howardian Hills (a site of outstanding national beauty, not uncommon English accolade but in this case not misapplied) the place is terrific. Great garden with a most Bernadette garden cafe. Sculpture in the garden and pheasants awandering.Read more

  • Day9

    Mount Grace Priory and Manor House

    August 9, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    An old Carthusian Priory and a manor house built in the old guesthouse in the 1880s as a holiday stay.
    The rebuild was influenced by the Arts and Craft movement and has some very nice features including a genuine William Morris carpet.
    The Carthusians were more like hermit monks and didn’t really live the communal life. The individual cells were like little two storey terrace houses. Everyone had a bedroom, a study, a oratory and a large upstairs workroom.Read more

  • Day32

    No words needed

    September 24, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Yorkshire is beautiful. I thought Norfolk was beautiful, and it is but Yorkshire so much more.

    I started with a look around Goathland, it gives a nod to Aidensfield without being too touristy.

    I happened upon Grosmont while the steam train was there. It is one of four stations on the Pickering - Whitby line. The other is Goathland, I forgot about it so will check it out tomorrow.
    Each of the stations has been renovated to reflect a distinct time period. Grosmont is set in the 1950s.

    From there I went to the Wheeldale Roman rd.
    I went by a rather convoluted route, going yo Cropton only to do a loop. I had lunch while I was there. I've learnt to stop at the first pub I see after 12 in order to find lunch.

    The roman road was a bit underwhelming but the route there was glorious.

    I then went to Hutton le Hole which houses the Ryedale folk museum. This was fantastic, it contains houses from various eras throughout England's history all the way back to the Iron Age. The village itself is also very picturesque.

    Next onto Rieveleux Abbey. The ruins consist of all the buildings, the church, cloisters, chapter house, day room and more. The audio guide was very informative. I was there late in the day and the light was great.

    I made my way to Sutton bank but by that time the visitor centre was closed (I was hoping it would be open until 6pm).

    Last stop was to be the RAF Danby Beacon. By now my GPS had had enough and found the shortest possible route. This included some pretty dubious lanes and what I would call a track. There was no turning around so I was committed. At 6:45 I came acrods the Lion Inn and decided to call it quits. I'm having tea here and then will head back to Goathland.

    I've seen plenty of wildlife. Yesterday a small deer ran out in front of the car in front of me.
    Lots of what I think are grouse, a rabbit, a squirrel and what I assume was a hare, it was the size of a dog.

    I could have spent the day just driving across the moors and I would have been just as happy.

    Shop at Goathland
    Steam train at Grosmont
    Crofter's cottage at Ryedale folk museum
    Rieveleux Abbey
    Another view
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  • Day214

    Sherburn in Yorkshire

    May 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    This is our AirBnB stay for the next four nights. It is a very lovely cottage attached to the host's house. And that round thing in the middle of the floor is the old well, covers in glass. We cannot bring ourselves to walk on it.

  • Day22

    More Moor

    June 19, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    And there will will be more moor tomorrow.

    We retraced our steps from Chop Gate back up to the moors, and headed up to the Wain Stones, then down again and up again to Urra Moor. We saw lots of grouse with little chicks as we crossed the moors today. We also passed old boundary markers, one with a hand carved on it and another with a face.
    We came up onto the former Rosedale Ironstone Railway, that used to serve iron mines 150 years ago. It’s now a level gravel track that we followed for about 7 kilometres. The track curves around the High Blakey Moor to the Lion Inn, our destination for the day. It suddenly appeared in front of us then disappeared as the track curved, then we took a little track up through a paddock and there it was again. And a road and cars in the car park, funny to see after a day on the moors

    The Lion Inn is the 4th highest Inn in Britain. It’s about 500 years old, all dark beams and low ceilings. Luckily the plumbing had been upgraded since then and our little attic room had a wonderful bath. No point in a shower, you’d hit your head on the ceiling.
    Only 2 days to go, the excitement is building!
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  • Day72


    June 19, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We were up early today to have a big day out in York. We drove to the Park and Ride and caught the bus into the centre as parking is difficult and expensive in the town. Bus dropped us off near York Minster.
    First impression was the entry into the walled city over the bridge and through the old roman gate. The Minster impressivelly dominated the end of the street where we alighted from the bus. Decided to walk the town walls and city centre before visiting the Cathedral. The town is quite quirky. The area called the Shambles is full of interesting old buildings (and tourists). We saw a small church right next to the cathedral and a plaque indicated it was where Guy Fawkes was baptised. After lunch we did a tour of the Minster. Our guide gave us a great insight into the architecture and history of the building. Before we left we walked through the gardens where we met some birds of prey being shown by a conservation group.
    Jumped back on the bus to get the car and home.
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