The New Inn, Clapham, North Yorkshire

Location The New Inn is located in the village of Clapham, six miles north west of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. As a conservation village, many features of modern life do not exist. In Clapham you will not find any street lamps, overhead wires or modern architecture. The New Inn began life as …

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A fun filled day at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show is one of England's premier agricultural events and takes place over three days in July each year celebrating the best of food, farming and rural life.  I hadn't had an opportunity to visit for several years so I was excited to be heading back to spend the day there.  The showground …

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A visit to Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough

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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Day 1. A short break in the Yorkshire Dales

We decided to spend a couple of days in Clapham, located just off the A65 in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  After the previous day's sunshine we were disappointed to be setting off in heavy rain but were hopeful that the weather would improve as we neared our destination. Our first stop was to the …

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Day 2. Visiting Ingleborough Cave

Our four poster bed was so comfortable at the New Inn that I could have slept in longer if it wasn't for the lovely view of Clapham Beck from the bedroom window along with a glimpse of early morning sunshine. Breakfast was served in the hotel's bistro where we found a varied selection of fruit, …

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Day 1. A winter break in Bolton Abbey

The Yorkshire Dales offers some beautiful scenery and walking trails so we packed our walking boots and set off bright and early one late January morning for an overnight visit.  We decided to stay in Bolton Abbey nestled in the heart of Wharfedale.  It's a picturesque village located between Skipton and Harrogate in North Yorkshire. …

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Day 2. Exploring the Bolton Abbey Estate

It was such a peaceful start to the day, being able to wake gently and admire the countryside views as we pulled back the curtains. Breakfast was served in the conservatory which was bathed in sunlight as we took our seats.  We helped ourselves to some cheese, fruit and yogurt and then chose hot dishes …

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A Victorian Christmas at Harewood House

As we'd recently had the pleasure of viewing the exquisite toys and dolls on display at the Ilkley Toy Museum we couldn't resist the temptation of seeing them once again whilst they were on loan to Harewood House. Harewood is a stately home in North Yorkshire, located mid way between Harrogate and Leeds and it's …

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An evening at the 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 view …

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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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