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    • Day 8 - Walking the Footpaths & Dinner

      September 17, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

      In the morning we wanted to get in our first earnest walk on the famous English footpaths. We started in the nearby lovely village of Thorton-de-Dale. We quickly left town and walked on a few deserted country roads, before entering onto some true footpaths. Of course, the footpaths are filled with various gates and stiles so you can get into and out of the pastures and fields. The thing I love about walking the English footpaths is the variety. Sometimes you are walking on public land and other times the land is private. On this particular walk we walked on narrow lanes, through woods, across bridges, through sheep pastures and along the streets of small villages. The British love their countryside and we saw many people, and their dogs, walking the footpaths. As usual, we stopped for tea as we got back into town.

      In the afternoon, we stopped for a traditional Sunday dinner at a nearby country pub, the Fox and Rabbit Inn.

      We are getting a couple of reactions from Jim and Suzanne on the driving on the opposite side of the road in England. Jim gets into the front passenger seat on the left side and immediately tries to put his foot on the brake. Suzanne is in awe of me driving because everything is backwards and appears to be chaotic, especially at the scores of traffic circles. In all honestly, having driven in England before, I find the skills come back after a few days andit becomes almost second nature.

      I’ve include a video today of us walking along one of the quiet country lanes.
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    • Day 16

      Über die Grenze in die North York Moors

      July 24, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Unser drittletzter Tag im Vereinigten Königreich führt uns an nach dem englischen Grenzübertritt der Ostküste vorbei am industriellen Newcastle upon Tyne. Danach geht es wieder ins Landesinnere in den Dalby Forest.
      Helens Farm Camping bietet viel Ruhe und komplette Windstille. Das schlechte Wetter schieben wir offensichtlich vor uns her; seit 4 Tagen kein Regen 😂
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    • Day 206

      A bus ride to Thornton-le-Dale

      April 26 in England ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      We had a leisurely breakfast and then went to catch the bus 🚌 into Whitby to get the 11.16 Coastliner service across the North Yorkshire Moors to Thornton-le-Dale. This bus route continues all the way to York and on to Leeds and is billed as the most scenic bus route in England. We meant to do it when we were living and working in York, but never quite got round to it!

      The scenery was certainly spectacular, even if the weather wasn't the best.

      We got off in Thornton-le-Dale, a picture postcard village full of thatched cottages and pretty gardens. A stream, the Thornton Beck, meanders along the streets and is crossed by several bridges.

      The most famous building in the village is Beck Isle, also known as Thatched Cottage. Grade II-listed, it was built in the 17th century and extensively modified in the 20th. It has appeared on numerous calendars and chocolate boxes over the years.

      We thoroughly enjoyed our walk around the village. Luckily, the rain held off. We were amazed by the swathes of wild garlic growing everywhere. The scent was incredible!
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    • Day 206

      All Saints Church, Thornton-le-Dale

      April 26 in England ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Grade II-listed All Saints Church in Thornton-le-Dale dates from Norman times. It was almost entirely rebuilt in the 14th century, although some older aspects remain. It was modified in 1681 and again in 1865. It is in the Decorated Style, a type of English Gothic architecture that developed between 1250 and 1350.

      After visiting the church, we returned to the bus stop to catch the next bus to Goathland, passing by the spectacular Hole of Horcum on the way.
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