The Guardian newspaper teamed up with the ramblers association to produce a list of twenty great country walks . High Grange is a car ride away from two on the list, a coastal hike covering Whitby, Robin Hoods bay and Ravenscar (a fascinating place I promise) and a hike around Brimham Rocks.
This summer we tackled Brimham rocks and had a lovely day. The full article is reproduced below or can be found in its original form here.
By Kevin Rushby
Length 9.3 miles/15km
Duration 4 hours 45 minutes
Start/end Nidd Bridge, Pateley Bridge
Map OS Explorer 298
Step-by-step guide and maps ramblers.org.uk/brimhamrocks
When some 17th-century armchair sourpuss declared British weather a horror, Charles II is said to have rounded on him: “There is no country in Europe where a man can be out of doors with pleasure so many hours in a day, or so many days in a year.”
In Pateley Bridge long-stay car park I’m reflecting on these words and wondering how long before the wind chucks a tree down on my car – which would be no great loss, but I’d rather not be in it. Snow flurries roll in from the west. There are just a few hours daylight left.
We get going, clasping our route printout and a map, which the wind has already torn. I have always been wary of other people’s walking routes, but this one is from the Ramblers and I am hopeful. They are, after all, the organisation that pioneered our access to millions of acres of grouse and pheasant farms, or the British countryside as it is sometimes called; they should know their way around.
We follow the Nidd downstream for a mile or so, then turn east and start plugging gently uphill, picking up and following a superb wooded ravine. There’s myself, a friend, Peter, and Wilf, the fell terrier. Wilf is not a member of the Ramblers, but like them has dedicated his life to demanding walkers’ rights. There’s always a certain frisson of excitement when you walk with a political activist, even more so with Wilf. I’m on tenterhooks when pheasants or grouse are around since he likes to catch them and teach them a lesson.
The route is starting to impress me. I’ve walked the area for years, but the deviser has winkled out a fine route up to the geological marvel that is Brimham Rocks. It looks like a pint-sized Yosemite, a place where the Easter Island gods ran amok: great bulging pierced boulders, ravines dark with debris, glorious sun-trap ledges with views over misty ridges. In summer the place has a tea kiosk and ice-cream van. It is also choked with climbers, picnickers, strollers and children screaming, “Mam, I’ve bust me ankle!” But winter is peaceful and we share the entire place with just a few other walkers. We take a ledge out of the wind and enjoy alternate blasts of sunshine and snow.
I exchange a hard-boiled egg for a square of Kendal mint cake, which I then refuse to hand over to Wilf. In protest he runs off and attacks a collie behaving as if he owns the place. I run down and try to separate them, but in the meantime my lunch has blown away. Wilf drops the collie and, rather helpfully, goes to clean up any stray food, including a square of mint cake. We spend half an hour exploring the rocks, but the light is already fading and we need to move. Directions are precise and correct as we negotiate a confusing tumble of fields and valleys, heading back westwards. We pass a place called Tenter Croft. “They used to dry leather using tenterhooks,” says Peter, “That’s where the term comes from.” I put Wilf on the lead. There is a tiny stretch of road-walking, but nothing to complain about before we pop out at the top of Pateley Bridge and inspect the various cafes and hostelries. There’s a decent pub, The Crown, and we peer through the window longingly at the hand-pulled Black Sheep ale. But hold on… is that a collie in the corner? Damn. We try the two cafes that are open, but one only accepts, “guide dogs or trainee guide dogs” and Wilf is incapable of such a little white lie. Pah! A dog with principles! We plump for Talbot House that does excellent homemade cakes, large pots of tea, and is totally cool about political terriers – it’s a B&B too if you need a bed. The walk, we agree, did not seem like 9.3 miles, which must be a sign of how good it was. It took us about four hours, though if the weather had been better we’d have lingered longer. I would happily do it again, though possibly without the activist.
After a few false flakes we finally had some snow. I'm not sure what our dog Ellie thought of it but the sheep didn't seem to mind. All the roads remained clear and our guests are all going to be leaving with some really magical pictures of a snow dusted Yorkshire.
On the 1st of February Mother Shipton's cave opens for 2015. It is certainly one of North Yorkshire's stranger attractions but is definitely one that is worth seeing.
Mother Shipton's Cave is at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire by the River Nidd which is a 25 minute hop down the motorway from High Grange Holiday Cottages Cottages.
Mother Shipton’s cave is said to have been the birth place of legendary soothsayer and prophetess Mother Shipton (c. 1488 - 1561), born Ursula Southeil, wife of Toby Shipton. But for me it is the petrifying well that is the show stopper.
The well is strangely unsettling, made all the more so by the items that have been hung around it to petrify. Shoes, hats and most creepily children’s toys take on an eerie quality as the process takes hold.
Equally fascinating for those with an interest in geography or geology the petrifying well is the only one of its kind in England and is England’s oldest entrance charging tourist attraction having opened in 1630.
You can find out more about Mother Shipton’s cave and the petrifying well by visiting the Mother Shipton’s Cave Website.
Mother Shipton’s cave is one of hundreds of Yorkshire tourist attractions within easy driving range of High Grange Holiday Cottages.
Super quick post to say that the Tour de Yorkshire has announced the 2015 route. http://letour.yorkshire.com/ full details can be viewed here.
We love having cyclists stay with us and we are happy to lock away bikes and provide an area for you to work on your bikes if required.
After the huge success of last years The Grand Depart we hope the Tour de Yorkshire becomes a regular fixture.
Since the Tour de France we have already been seeing more bikes at High Grange.
Relive some memories of The Tour de France visiting Yorkshire by having a watch of the video below.
Hello from a sunny winters day in Bedale with a gorgeous sunset about to delight us all. We haven't got the snow yet but apparently it may be on it's way. See the white Penn Hill picture we took a couple of days ago.
Another busy year here at High Grange. Thankyou to all our loyal guests who return time and again for whom we have introduced a loyalty discount from 2015. (Read on to find out more) We have had family and friends gatherings celebrating anniversaries and birthdays, accommodated people in between selling and buying houses or whilst major works have been carried out, guests attending local weddings and even had a bride leave from here earlier in the year. Plus the ever increasing walking, cycling and motor cycling groups.
Next year we look forward to our own family wedding. Our eldest son is getting married in Bedale with the reception held in a marquee here at High Grange. We are all very excited.
Of course the Tour De France was the highlight of the year. We had an absolute fabulous day cycling to West Tanfield and even got a visit from William, Kate and Harry. Next year follows on with the inaugural 'Yorkshire Tour' Mayday Bank Holiday. (route yet to be announced)
The fantastic weather we had really showed off what we have to offer in this beautiful part of the world.
After a well deserved holiday we have just about caught up with everything, and the Christmas trees are going up in the cottages. (We still have a 1 and 2 bed cottage left for Christmas and a 2 bed for New Year).
Have a look around our web site to find more information, check out the offers page and Find your perfect cottage and check availability online
The online booking facility on the website is easy to use and can now take credit/debit card payments.
Just put your dates in and it will show all the cottages available around your preferred dates. From there you can book one or more cottages, pay deposits and receive confirmation immediately. Or of course you can still pick up the phone or e-mail if you prefer.
Finally we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully welcoming you back to High Grange soon... Read on for some special offers for 2015.
Early Bird Booking: Book 4 nights or more throughout 2015 and enjoy 5% discount if booked by end of January.
Loyalty Discount: 5% discount for loyal visitors who have stayed 3 times or more over the last 3 years. Book online, pay deposit and I will adjust balance (or call or e-mail). (conditions apply).
Under Occupancy: 2 people only in a 2 or 3 bed cottage...10% discount.
It always starts to feel a bit like Christmas when we get the first snow that settles on Penn Hill. This is the lovely view from the front gate of the cottages.
Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale held a free entry to locals last weekend 15th/16th March giving everyone chance to see just what it has to offer.
No it is not just a load of boring trees, there are acres of beautiful walkways planted with masses and masses of daffodils waiting to become a sea of yellow wherever you look. The snowdrops and crocuses were just going over but the bright blue of the Cirra, Anemones and Primroses catch your eye, with colourful blossom emerging and bluebells ready and waiting their turn.
The flying displays at the Bird of Prey Centre are the best we’ve ever seen and with a chance to hold a hawk or an owl adds to the days enjoyment.
In the mammal area you can walk through to find Wallabies, Reahs, Pygmy goats, ducks, rare breed Chickens and Donkeys (though I know we are lucky to have donkeys in the field next door.) And who can resist the Meerkats, busy keeping watch over their enclosure.
There are trail and activity booklets available or you can explore by yourself with sculptures, lakes, islands, a playground and even a pet cemetery to find. Also look out for the dragon in the bog garden. Take a picnic or treat yourself to a sandwich and home-made cake in the tearoom.
As an accommodation provider we are able to offer you a reduced entry price while you are staying with us. There is entertainment for all the family, a really good day out and well worth a visit. Another plus is that they allow you to take your dog, on a lead of course and not in the animal or bird area, though you can leave him fastened up just outside the gate. Activities for adults and children are held throughout the year and a diary of events can be found on the website www.thorpperrow.com Book your stay at High Grange now by exploring the cottages on our web site or by checking availability below.
The weather is warming up and the countryside is bursting into life with signs of Spring everywhere. The lambs are frolicking in the fields and the flowers are adding a welcome splash of colour. A previous guest took this wonderful photo of a snowdrop on his last visit and has agreed to let us share it with you. With so much to look forward to in the next few months it is now time to plan your next visit.
Kiplin Hall are offering a 'Planning a veg garden' workshop on the 20th March. An antiques fair at the Yorkshire Showground on the 21st/22nd and Birdwatching for Beginners at Fountains Abbey on the 22nd. Of course Mothers Day is just around the corner and Wensleydale Railwayhave a special ride out with entertainment and afternoon tea and flowers for all Mums. There is also Mothers free entry to the Countryside Museum, Hawes, and why not treat her to a special lunch. We can recommend our local Green Dragon, Exelby see blog.
Looking to April Forbidden Corner re-opens for the season, Fountains Abbey have Den Building, a Geocaching Day and a Deer Watch guided walk on offer and Newby hall have the National Duathlon Championships on the 13th. The Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park opens on the 18th to 8th June - a must if you haven't been, and there is Easter fun at Swinton Park and Thorpe Perrow. The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is definitely worth a visit from the 26th and a Spring Market in Bedale on the 15th with a childrens sheep trail, music and a farmers market. During May we have the famous Dales festival of Food and Drink at Leyburn, tulip Festival at Constable Burton Hall, Cars in the Park at Newby Hall.
There is so much for everyone to do or you can just relax and explore this beautiful part of the country at your own pace. The lawnmower has already been out for it's first cut of the year and the cottages are busy getting painted and spruced up. Enjoy the weather and we look forward to welcoming you back to High Grange soon.
As mentioned in our previous blog post our local pub The Green Dragon in Exelby Village recently reopened with new owners promising to be everything that you want in a cosy country pub.
Last night we ate with friends at the Green Dragon for the fist time since opening night and we were not disappointed. The food and the service was excellent. Generous portions of chicken, fish, steak and ale pie and burgers with real home-made chunky chips were enjoyed, along with sticky toffee pudding, lemon pannacotta and fruit crumble. We will definitely be back!
Our local pub, the Green Dragon, Exelby, had a grand opening last night. With an excellent free buffet and music from the Sugartown Duo a good night was had by all.
After a turbulent few months and a number of different faces behind the bar, the new Landlord and Landlady along with the manager Helen and chef Andy are keen to get it up and running again as the friendly hub of the village it should be.
Carl and Alyn already run the highly successful New Inn at Thrintoft and should easily be able to build on that reputation. They will oversee everything and be on-site as required but the day to day running will be taken on by their manager Helen.
A superb new menu is on offer from today and with music planned every few weeks, they are off to a good start.
Opening times are Mon - 5 to 11pm --Bar only
Tues to Fri - 5 to 11pm with food served between 5 and 9pm
Sat - 12 noon to 11.30pm with lunch from 12 to 2.15 and Dinner 5 to 9pm
Sun - 12 noon to 7pm with lunch served between 12noon and 4.30pm
Lunchtime openings will commence with the warmer weather.
A friendly welcome awaits so come and support them and get the pub back to how it should be.
p.s. We are eating there on Saturday so will report back.
1 Tour de France
It's here, its actually finally here. The Tour De France will be hitting Yorkshire in 2014 and with back to back British winners, interest in the event is at an all time high. The cottages are a great central location from which to view both stages. Infact we are so close you could easily cycle to Masham or West Tanfield to enjoy the race without worrying about parking or road closures. If you would like to cycle the course or parts of the course your self we hope to have bike hire options in the new year and you can find a great route idea on our blog.
2 All change at the local
The Green Dragon has for many years provided our guests with steak nights, quiz nights, roaring fires and a belly full of traditional pub food & local ale. There has just been a change at the helm and we are excited to see what the new management bring to what has always been a pub that is popular with locals and visitors alike.
3 The Summer's Festivals and Events
From June to September Yorkshire is arguably the festival capital of the UK. What ever your interest or taste there seems to be a festival for it. Music, Film, Food, Agriculture and Lifestyle are all represented. There is a regularly updated list of events that can be viewed here (link will open in a new tab).
4 Exelby Extravaganza
Quaint, quirky and a bucket load of fun. Lots of villages in the area have their own summer events and Exelby is no exception. This year there was food, drink, games, music and prizes including a stay at High Grange. Every year the event seems to grow making it a favourite amongst the locals and visitors with one of our guests from last year liken it to being on the set of 'the vicar of Dibley'
And finally...A bit more of a personal one.
5 Ten Years at the Cottages.
Come July Ian and myself have been at the cottages for ten years. New faces arrive every year as well as the very loyal customers who we see again and again to whom we owe a big thank you. Working at the cottages is a pleasure and we love reading about what you got up to on your holiday in our visitor books and on our trip advisor page. We are lucky to have the guests that we do and we look forward to improving the cottages and making lots of new friends in the next ten years.
We wish you all a very merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2014!
I have written about cycling the Yorkshire leg of the Tour De France, I have told you about how we are the ideal accommodation if you are wanting to cycle le tour depart. What I didn't make explicitly clear was that all of the scenery can be enjoyed without lycra, saddles or even sweating.
Last week on Twitter I came across @drivethedales talking about their brand new website which points you in the direction of some great drives through some stunning Yorkshire countryside. Many of the things that make Yorkshire appealing to a cyclist are exactly the same as those looking for a great ride out propelled by combustion engine.
All of the suggested routes also offer the chance to get out and stretch your legs and sample some yorkshire hospitality in charming village pubs and tea rooms.
Our self catering holiday cottages are ideally positioned for the growing lists of Yorkshire drives that currently take in the aforementioned Tour De France route, Yorkshire's own 'Three Peaks' and Wensleydale via Buttertubs pass, a road described by Jeremy Clarkson as being 'England's Truly Spectacular Road'
Check Out 'Drive the Dales' by clicking on the link.
Check Out our ideal Self Catering North Yorkshire Country Cottage Accommodation by exploring our cottages.
With a rich television and film history Yorkshire is the backdrop to many of the nations favourite films and television programs.
I recently came accross this great interactive map on Yorkshire.com which really showed off the many hugely popular films that have been filmed in Yorkshire including international blockbusters such as Harry Potter. British Film classics such as KES and literary classics on the silver screen such as Wuthering Heights and Dracula. How about a day taking in the sights and then an evening snuggled up with bottle of wine and a film. Sounds good doesn't it. Staying in self catering holiday cottages gives you the flexibility to explore the county however you like. Our cottages are just minutes away from the motorway making visiting other locations in the county couldn't be more simple Click on the map below to view the website and start making your plans for your North Yorkshire getaway.
Traditional English towns, Historical cities and churches, the homes of countless English nobility, England’s best accent (and Yorkshire Puddings!).
When planning a Holiday in England the temptation is to spend the majority of your time sightseeing in London and then spend a couple of days in Edinburgh before heading back ‘over the pond.’ I’m here to suggest an alternative option. A country cottage in Yorkshire. Trade historic London for York, the original capital city. St Paul’s cathedral? Try Durham cathedral. Replace the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square with a day at a Victorian seaside holiday spot and swap the busy modernity of London for some famously friendly Yorkshire hospitality. By taking a self catering English country cottage you have the freedom to decide what you do each day, be active or relax. Head to Yorkshire's charming cities or explore the local market towns and quaint villages. Read on for information on getting to Yorkshire, getting around in Yorkshire and a sample seven day itinerary for exploring the North of England with Yorkshire as your base.
Fly from LA, San Francisco, Denver, Jacksonville, Boston, Detroit, New York, Buffalo, Columbus, Philadelphia, Dallas or Houston to Leeds/Bradford Airport (55 minutes away)
Fly from New York, Tampa, Louisville, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Boise, Miami, Bismarck, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinatti, Denver, LA, Las Vegas, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philidelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle or Washington to Newcastle Airport (1 hour 15 minutes away)
Fly from Melbourne, Perth or Sydney direct to Leeds/Bradford Airport (55 minutes away)
Fly from Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane to Newcastle Airport (1 hour 15 minutes away)
To get the most out of your English cottage holiday we advise hiring a car. Manual cars are the standard but it is now rare to find a car hire operator that doesn't give you the option of an automatic. London’s traffic has a worldwide reputation and your native British driver will often avoid driving in central London but most other towns and cities are fine. We advise that you save the time and stress of city driving and parking by making use of tourist buses and park and ride schemes when visiting York and Durham.
A Sample Seven day Itinerary for a Yorkshire Holiday
Day One: The Ancient City of York
York is probably the most historic city in England and really has a bit of everything which makes it a popular destination for both foreign visitors and UK residents alike. This is a great little video with a suggested itinerary for a day in York which takes in the gothic cathedral, the historic city walls, the shambles (which is a part of town that consists of an utterly charming narrow maze of medieval shopping streets and The National Railway museum which is the largest collection of rail and steam pieces in the world. I would also suggest Betty’s Tea room for some quintessentially English high tea and the Jorvik Centre for a look into the Viking history of York.
Day Two: Gastro Yorkshire
Loosen your belt, I am about to let you in on a secret. We know that you give us Brits some stick about our food, but be prepared to have your mind changed. Did you know that the UK has the sixth most Michelin star restaurants in the world and Yorkshire boasts more Michelin stars than any other county. Yorkshire is foodie heaven! As well as great pubs and restaurants throughout Yorkshire you will find farmers markets selling their produce; both traditional and with a modern twist. Learn to cook like a pro at one of the regions many cookery schools or savour the labour of others, go see how international favourites such as Wensleydale Cheese is made or why not drop by The Black Sheep Brewery and watch them produce some world beating beer.
Day Three: Visit Durham
Durham is a small city but charming to the core. Medieval bridges, castles a world famous norman cathedral cobbled streets and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Guests at the cottages have taken the motorcycle trike tour at the start of this video and we haven’t had a bad review yet. Just outside of Durham you will find Beamish Museum which takes its visitors back to earlier days. Beamish was Voted by visitors Britain’s best tourist destination in 2012.
Day Four: A Green and pleasant land
In all of our holiday cottages you will find some guides to local walks so strap on those walking boots and head out into the great Yorkshire countryside. The wildlife and landscape offers something different each month so you will never be disappointed. One of our favourite walks starts (and more importantly ends) at the world famous black sheep brewery, which means a refreshing glass of Yorkshire ale awaits you as a reward for your ramble. For those who prefer the view from the saddle we have bicycles that can be borrowed and there are plenty of local companies offering to take you onto the Yorkshire Moors National Plark or the Yorkshire Dales on horseback.
Day Six: Castles, Churches and Country Houses.
England is rich in history and has many wonderfully preserved castles, churches and country houses. Where ever you are in England you are never far away from remarkable architecture and buildings that evoke the spirit of bygone era. Nowhere is this more true than in Yorkshire. We suggest trying one of the following during your stay at the cottages.
Bolton castle is one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles; originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land, the castle bears the scars of over 600 years of fascinating history. The castle is still in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, the direct descendant of the castle’s original owner. With daily events through the summer including archery, falconry and dress up sessions for children the castle is a great day out for both families and history buffs.
If you enjoyed Downton Abbey why not visit Castle Howard and sample some of the opulence that the upper classes enjoyed. Lonely planet described the house as being one of the worlds top ten mansions. Experience the grandeur of this beautiful country house and discover world renowned collections including frescos, furniture, statuary and paintings. Friendly guides will share enchanting stories as you journey through the dramatic interiors of Castle Howard and learn about the generations of families who have called the House home.
Five minutes online will give you countless historical options to explore within easy travelling distance of your country cottage.
Day Seven: Whitby and Scarborough
Originally founded by the Vikings the coming of the railways let to the rapid growth of the British seaside holiday resorts of Whitby and Scarborough. A trip out to the beautiful Yorkshire coast is not to be missed. Still a popular tourist spot to this day the towns offer fantastic family attractions whatever your interests are.
If you have any questions about making Yorkshire your base for your holiday in England then please call +44 1677 422740 or write to us using our enquiry form. You can explore some of the Yorkshire attractions close to our cottages by visiting our attractions page. To explore our English Country Cottages click here where you can also check prices and availability.
Traditionell,e englische Städte, historische Ortschaften und Kirchen, die Wohnsitze von zahllosen englischen Adelsfamilien, Englands bester Dialekt (und Yorkshire Puddings!)
Wenn man einen Urlaub in England plant, ist die Versuchung groß die meiste Zeit mit Besichtigungstouren in London zu verbringen und ein paar Tage Edinburgh zu besuchen bevor man wieder auf den Kontinent zurückkehrt. Ich bin hier um eine Alternative vorzuschlagen: Ein Ferienhaus in Yorkshire. Tauschen Sie das historische London gegen York, die ursprüngliche Hauptstadt ein. St. Pauls Kathedrale? Versuchen Sie mal die Durham Kathedrale. Ersetzen Sie das hektische Treiben vom Leicester Square durch einen Tag am viktorianischen Küstenferienort und tauschen Sie die geschäftige Modernität von London gegen die berühmte Gastfreundschaft von Yorkshire. Wenn Sie ein englisches Selbstversorgerferienhaus nehmen, haben Sie die Freiheit zu entscheiden, was Sie jeden Tag unternehmen möchten, sei es entspannen oder aktiv sein. Gehen Sie in Yorkshires charmante Städte oder entdecken Sie die lokalen Ortschaften und malerische Dörfer. Lesen Sie weiter für Informationen zur Anreise und Rundreisen in Yorkshire, sowie eine Auswahl an sieben Tagestouren um den Norden von England zu entdecken, mit Yorkshire als Ausgangspunkt.
Fliegen Sie von Berlin, Breman, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Memmingen Allgau, Munich, Nuremberg, or Stuttgart direkt nach Leeds/Bradford Airport (55 Minuten entfernt)
Um das Meiste aus den Urlaub in einem englischen Ferienhaus machen, empfehlen wir ein Auto anzumieten, Fahrzeuge mit Gangschaltung sind Standard, doch viele Autovermietungen bieten auch Autos mit Automatikgetriebe an. Londons Verkehr ist weltweit bekannt und britische Fahrer versuchen es zu vermeiden mit dem Auto in das Zentrum von London zu fahren. Die meisten anderen Städte in England haben keine vergleichbaren Verkehrsprobleme. Wir empfehlen trotzdem, dass Sie Geld und Zeit sparen und nicht in die Innenstädte fahren, sondern Park und Ride Möglichkeiten sowie Touristenbusse nutzen, wenn Sie York oder Durham besuchen.
Eine Auswahl an sieben Tagestouren für einen Urlaub in Yorkshire
Tag Eins: Die historische Innenstadt von York
York ist wahrscheinlich die historischste Stadt in England und bietet von allem ein bisschen, was es zu einem beliebten Urlaubsziel für ausländische wie auch englische Besucher macht. Dies ist ein kleines Video, in dem eine Tagestour durch York vorgeschlagen wird. Es umfasst die gotische Kathedrale, die historische Stadtmauer, die Shambles, welche zu dem Teil der Stadt gehören, der aus einem äußerst charmanten und engen Labyrinth aus mittelalterlichen Gässchen besteht, und dem nationalen Eisenbahnmuseum, das die größte Sammlung von Eisen- und Dampfbahnen vorweisen kann. Ich schlage ebenfalls vor, “Betty’s Tea Room” zu besuchen, um den typischen “English high tea“ zu probieren, sowie einen Blick in das Jorvik Center und damit in die wikingergeprägte Geschichte von York zu werfen.
Tag Zwei: Die Gastronomie in Yorkshire
Lockern Sie Ihren Gürtel, ich werde Ihnen gleich ein Geheimnis anvertrauen. Wie wissen, dass Sie sich über unsere englische Küche lustig machen, doch seien Sie darauf vorbereitet Ihre Meinung zu ändern. Wussten Sie, dass das Vereinigte Königreich die sechstmeisten Restaurants mit Michelinsternen auf der Welt hat und Yorkshire mit mehr Michelinsternen als alle anderen Länder prahlen kann? Yorkshire ist der Himmel des Essens. Neben tollen Pubs und Restaurants in ganz Yorkshire werden sie auch Wochenmärkte finden auf denen Bauern ihre Erzeugnisse verkaufen; sowohl traditionell als auch mit einem modernen Touch. Lernen Sie in einer der vielen Kochschulen in der Region wie ein Profi zu kochen oder genießen Sie die Kocherzeugnisse von anderen. Sehen Sie wie internationale Favoriten wie beispielsweise Wensleydale Cheese gemacht werden. Warum schauen Sie nicht einfach mal bei The Black Sheep Brewery vorbei und schauen Sie zu, wie dort weltbestes Bier gebraut wird.
Tag Drei: Besuchen Sie Durham
Durham ist eine kleine Stadt, aber bis in ihren Kern charmant. Mittelalterliche Brücken, Burgen, eine berühmte normannische Kathedrale, kopfsteingepflasterte Straßen, umgeben von einer wunderschönen Landschaft. Gäste in den Ferienhäusern nutzen Trikes für die Tour und waren damit sehr zufrieden. Vor der Stadt Durham finden Sie das Beamish Museum, ein Freilichtmuseun, das Sie in frühere Zeiten zurückträgt. Im Jahr 2012 wurde das Beamish Museum von Besuchern zum besten Ausflugsziel in Großbritannien gewählt.
Tag Vier: Ein grünes und erfreuliches Land
In all unseren Ferienhäusern werden Sie Reiseführer für Spaziergänge in der Gegend finden. Also ziehen Sie Ihre Wanderschuhe an und gehen Sie in die herrliche Landschaft von Yorkshire. Die Tierwelt und die Landschaft bietet jeden Monat etwas anderes, Sie werden also nie enttäuscht werden. Eine unserer beliebtesten Touren startet (und viel wichtiger endet) bei der weltbekannten Black Sheep Brewery, was bedeutet, Sie können sich ein erfrischendes Glas Yorkshire Ale als Belohnung gönnen. Für diejenigen, die lieber die Landschaft vom Sattel aus erkunden, stellen wir leihweise Fahrräder zur Verfügung. Außerdem gibt es viele lokale Unternehmen, die Sie auf dem Pferderücken mit in den Yorkshire Moors Nationalpark nehmen.
Tag sechs: Burgen, Kirchen und Landhäuser
England kann durch seine reiche Geschichte eine ganze Reihe an wunderschönen, guterhaltenen Schlössern, Kirchen und Landhäusern bieten. Wo immer Sie sich in England aufhalten, Sie werden nie weit weg von bemerkenswerten Gebäuden aus vergangenen Zeiten sein. Dies ist an keinem Ort mehr wahr als in Yorkshire. Wir schlagen vor eine der folgenden Bauwerke während Ihres Aufenthalts in den Ferienhäusern zu besuchen.
Bolton castle ist eines der am besten erhaltenen mittelalterlichen Schlösser des Landes; Es wurde ursprünglich als eines der feinsten und luxuriösten Häuser des Landes gebaut und trägt nun die Spuren, seiner faszinierenden 600 jährigen Geschichte. Die Burg ist immer noch im Privatbesitz von Lord Bolton, dem direkten Nachkommen des ursprünglichen Burgbesitzers. Im Sommer bietet die Burg täglich Veranstaltungen an beginnend bei Bogenschießen oder Falkenbeize bis hin zu Verkleidungsveranstaltungen für Kinder. Damit ist sie besonders interessant für Familien und Geschichtsbegeisterte.
Wenn Ihnen Downton Abbey gefallen hat, warum besuchen Sie dann nicht Castle Howard und erleben ein bisschen von dem Wohlstand, den die Oberschicht genoss. Lonely Planet beschrieb das Haus als eines der Top Ten Villen weltweit. Erleben Sie die Herrlichkeit dieses wunderschönen Landhauses und entdecken Sie weltberühmte Sammlungen von Fresken, Möbeln, Statuen und Gemälden. Freundliche Fremdenführer werden Ihnen während einer Führung durch die Innenräume die bezaubernden Geschichten von Castle Howard erzählen und Ihnen die Generationen von Familien vorstellen, die Castle Howard einst ihr Zuhause nannten. Wenn Sie nur fünf Minuten online surfen, werden Sie unzählbar viele historische Stätten finden, die man entdecken kann und die in angenehmer Reichweite von den Ferienhäusern liegen.
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Ursprünglich von den Wikingern gegründet wuchsen Whitby und Scarborough mit dem Anschluss ans Eisenbahnnetz zu großen Küstenferienorten von Großbritannien. Ein Ausflug an die schöne Küste von Yorkshire sollten Sie sich auf keinen Fall entgehen lassen. Noch heute sind diese Städte ein touristischer Anziehungspunkt und bieten fantastische Attraktionen für die Familie, für jeden Interessenbereich ist etwas dabei.
Falls Sie irgendwelche Fragen dazu haben wie Sie Ihren Urlaub in Yorkshire verbringen können, rufen Sie bitte +44 1677 422740 an oder schreiben Sie uns mithilfe von unserem Anfrageformular. Einige der Sehenswürdigkeiten von Yorkshire können Sie unter der Rubrik Attraktionen finden. Weitere Informationen zu unseren englischen Ferienhäuschen, wie beispielsweise Verfügbarkeit und Preisliste finden Sie hier.
So you enjoyed the olympics and have been inspired by not one but now two British Tour De France winners. Next year Le Tour arrives in Yorkshire and we are in the prime position for you to cycle this two day route taking in parts of the Le Tour Yorkshire course.Read More
Taken from The Guardian September 3rd 2013...
"Yorkshire wins World Travel Awards." I read it online on my way home to York after a trip abroad. Not only that but the county had beaten off opposition from London, Berlin and Madrid to become European destination 2013 at the World Travel Awards held in Antalya, Turkey. Previous winners include Edinburgh, Istanbul and Lisbon. Reading all this, I was, I must admit, shocked, deeply shocked. How was it possible that God's Own Country had not won before? What flagrant prejudice and bigotry had denied the North, South, East and West Yorkshire victory in previous years?
Normally such a declaration would come accompanied by a disclaimer stating the writer's affiliations, but I was born in Cumbria and grew up in blissful ignorance of Yorkshire. It was not until the winter of 1994 that enlightenment came. Forced by circumstances to stay with relatives near Thirsk, I began a process of discovery: the magical wilderness of Swaledale, the North York Moors all the way to the coast at Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay, Fountains Abbey and the Strid waterfalls at Bolton Abbey. I was hooked. In fact I moved to the county that same year and have never moved away.
Over subsequent years I've discovered many other wonderful corners: the Wolds behind Bridlington in East Yorkshire, the farther dales around Tan Hill in the north of North Yorshire and the brutal, beautiful amalgam of nature and industrial detritus that lies around Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Then there are the pubs and the beer – try Galtres Festival in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, for sampling a wide range – the cheeses (Yorkshire Blue is my favourite) and the wine. Some of my favourite walks, hotels and campsites are in Yorkshire, plus some great beaches (perhaps not with the warm blue water of other places but you can't have everything). There is still plenty more to discover, I'm sure, and there's the Tour de France in 2014. Take it from this outsider: Yorkshire certainly deserves this belated award.
You're all packed and you're ready for your Yorkshire getaway; someone has been watching! He watched as you packed your walking boots, he saw you remove your walking jacket from the cupboard under the stairs. From a crouched position over by the door his eyes flick between you and the familiar spot where a crumpled carrier bag hangs. His tail begins to flick uncontrollably and he does his best to suppress a whimper of excitement. He continues to stare longingly at the bag and imagines the feel of the rubber ball against teeth, the familiar click of the lead and the feeling of freedom and of the wind rushing past his ears as he chases across the park.
Then with keys in hand and family in tow you walk out of the door but still the tail flicks and his eyes are still filled with hope. ‘A family walk’ he thinks, ‘I love family walks.’ and he stands as still as a stone listening for footsteps coming back to the door to collect him. Instead he hears the turning of the ignition and a car pulling away from the curb. Slumping back into his bed he knows Bob and Sheila will be round to feed him and let him out but he would much rather be in the car heading out on a family adventure.
If you want to take your dog on holiday it’s no drama, all of our self catering holiday cottages are pet friendly we even have a great field that you are free to use for any additional walks that are demanded. So don’t spend any of your holiday worrying about the well being of your pet, take it with you. There are plenty of pet friendly pubs in the area and more often than not you will find a welcoming water bowl outside for any thirsty pooch. All we ask is that you let us know that you are bringing your pet (when booking) and that the dog is well behaved. If you have any questions at all then please don’t hesitate to ask. It’s just another thing that makes our self catering holiday cottages a holiday for the whole family.
All of our cottages are self catering and have well equipped kitchens with everything that you need to throw together a quick lunch or an elaborate dinner. It’s your holiday so if cookery is your thing why not take a bit of time out from exploring and try your hand at one of those recipes that you drool over on the television but are always too busy to try out.Read More