Pig judging, Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate

After the disappointment of last year's show having to be cancelled due to the pandemic I was excited to be returning to Harrogate this summer.  The Great Yorkshire Show is one of the largest agricultural shows in the country and a wonderful showcase of rural life. Organising an event of this size to make it COVID …

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Newcastle Quayside

Day 3. A Day in Newcastle

To complete our weekend break in Durham we decided to spend our final day in Newcastle.  Trains run frequently between the two cities taking just 15 minutes, with standard off-peak adult returns £7.90. As it was a Sunday we were able to travel on any service so we arrived into Newcastle station bright and early …

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Durham Cathedral

Day 2. Exploring Durham Cathedral and University

Sunshine streamed through the windows as we drew back the curtains and it looked as if the previous day's beautiful weather was continuing.  We started the day with a walk through Durham's Market Place where stalls had been set up for the weekly Saturday market.  Being unable to resist a browse through the stalls, we …

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Durham on the River Wear

Day 1. A weekend in Durham

Durham is a small city nestled on the banks of the River Wear in the north east of England.  It's famous for its Norman cathedral, 11th century castle and world renowned university, with this part of the city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In his book 'Notes from a small island' Bill Bryson called …

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York Cathedral

York – What to See and Do

Getting there: York is easily accessible from all parts of the country with trains between York and London taking only one and three quarter hours meaning that visiting the city can easily be combined with a trip to the capital. Attractions: York Minster This is one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals (adult admission £11.50).  …

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Ilkley Signpost

Ilkley Springtime Walk

Ilkley is a spa town and popular tourist destination in West Yorkshire.  With its backdrop of the famous Ilkley Moor and its high class shopping on The Grove it's a lovely place to visit.  The town is well served by public transport with rail connections between both Leeds and Bradford on the Wharfedale Line.  Buses …

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Maritime Museum, Hull

Hull – a travel guide

Hull is a port city in East Yorkshire, northern England, located on the north bank of the Humber estuary and was awarded the title of UK City of Culture in 2017.  Brightly coloured banners proclaim 'Its never dull in Hull’ and there definitely are plenty of interesting things to see and do. Getting there The …

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Kilnsey, Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales villages of Kilnsey & Kettlewell

Kilnsey is a small village located in the heart of Wharfedale and is noted for its impressive limestone cliff.  Situated 12 miles north of Skipton and easily accessible from the motorway network as it's just 25 miles from the M65 at Colne or 40 miles from the M1 at Leeds. Leaving the motorway and driving …

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Malham Cove

Malham Cove

Malham is a small village at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales and is an idyllic little place.  Nowadays hill farming and tourism are Malham's main activities with a good selection of accommodation to suit all tastes dotted around the village.  Located at the upper end of the River Aire valley, the area has …

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The Coldstones Cut, Pateley Bridge

The Coldstones Cut is said to be Yorkshire's biggest and highest piece of public art work.  It was created by Andrew Sabin and overlooks the Coldstones quarry on Greenhow Hill just outside Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire. Perched at a height of just over 500 metres above sea level it can be freely explored by …

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