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The Yorkshire Trip 9th - 11th May 2014

A trip up-to Yorkshire with visits to York and Whitby.

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We had planned to do some walking in the lake district but with grim weather this was called off and a change of direction was called for. We decided to Visit North Yorkshire and a Hotel was booked as a base just north of Hull so this included a trip over the Humber bridge something I had wanted to see for many years. After finding the Hotel we decided on a visit to the Seaside resort of Bridlington and a look around the Harbour and a walk along the seafront, its a small sea fishing port that is known for its Shellfish.

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The first major place we had wanted to visit for a while was the City of York,
a walled city at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities. The City is 21 miles (34 km) from Leeds.
The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik. In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool trading centre and became the capital of the northern ecclesiastical province of the Church of England, a role it has retained.
Excellent parking on the outskirts of the City made easy access via the park & Ride service to the centre, it only cost £5.40 for a return for two people and parking looked grim within the centre this is a popular city to visit. The first place to get a visit was
York Minster cathedral one of the largest in Northern Europe, The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and is the cathedral for the Diocese of York. It is run by a dean and chapter, under the Dean of York. The formal title of York Minster is "The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York".[1] The title "minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title.[1] Services in the minster are sometimes regarded as on the High Church or Anglo-Catholic end of the Anglican continuum.We did not do the Tower tour so the admission fee was just £10 each and the ticket lasts for one year so you can return . Outside the Minster you will find the Shambles with all the over hanging timber frame buildings some of the best shops can be found within the small narrow streets. Also some great little Ale Houses can be found and find one we did, the Golden Fleece, this supposedly Haunted inn did indeed live up to its name when it fleeced me out of £8.50 for a pint and a wine. We had a long walk along the walls that run around the centre of the city, you can walk along the 2 mile circuit and it gives you some great views across the city. York was a great place and we still have loads to see and do there, we will return again some day I hope.

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The last day we had up North was a trip to the old fishing Town of
Whitby, this old Town is Famous for the old Abbey, Jet, and of course Bram Stoker's Dracula. The Abbey stands on the Sea cliffs and a good 199 steps need to be climbed before you get up to the top. It is owned by English heritage and a small fee gets you inside to look around. Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine abbey overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. It was disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the auspices of Henry VIII. It is a Grade I Listed building in the care of English Heritage and its site museum is housed in Cholmley House. Bram Stoker used the Abbey as a location in his famous book, you will find no Dracula however many Vampires can be found in the Gift shops that surround the Abbey at the bottom of the hill they will suck the very last pound from your wallet if you are not careful. After escaping from the gift shops we had a great trip out to sea on board the "Mary Ann Hepworth" for £3.00 each we had a good half hour out to sea with a captain who was good fun and made it a great time. The Boat was an old life boat that in its day saved many lives and had been brought back to its original condition by the owner, if you ever in Whitby find this Boat and have a go its was great fun in the choppy seas .
We had great time up North and hopefully will return soon, if you make a visit up there you will not be disappointed .

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