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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Knaresborough Viaduct over the River Nidd

Knaresborough & Mother Shipton’s Cave

Although we are frequent visitors to the spa town of Harrogate it's awhile since we visited the attractive North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough yet it's only 4 miles from there. We had come to visit Mother Shipton's Cave, England's oldest paying visitor attraction which has been open to the public since 1630.  Admission is …

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Illuminated trees at RHS Harlow Carr Glow event

RHS Harlow Carr Glow Winter Illuminations

What better way to lift our spirits on a dark, damp evening than with a visit to the RHS Garden Harlow Carr to view their Glow Illuminations. It's the first year that lights have been installed in the gardens, and as we have visited Harlow Carr on numerous occasions in daylight we were eager to …

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Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle Gardens and Village

My friend suggested a drive out into the Yorkshire countryside and a visit to Ripley Castle.  Ripley is situated 3 miles north of Harrogate.  It is also the preferred starting point of a 53 mile circular walking trail known as 'The Nidderdale Way' which passes through some delightful Yorkshire beauty spots including Brimham Rocks.  We …

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Flowers at RHS Harlow Carr Garden

RHS Harlow Carr Garden

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Harlow Carr Garden is one of four public gardens run by the RHS and is located one and a half miles from the centre of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  We arrived by car, with ample free parking available.  On a previous visit we walked from the town centre which is a lovely …

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Flowers on Montpellier Hill, Harrogate

Harrogate and its Turkish Baths

For my friend's birthday treat, I arranged a day out to Harrogate, North Yorkshire and a visit to its Turkish Baths.  The town is located 10 miles from Leeds/Bradford Airport and is easily accessible by train or car from York, Leeds or Skipton.  Harrogate features elegant architecture, large Georgian hotels and beautiful parks.  It is …

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