Ripon: Cathedrals and Unicorns

Most tourists to the UK visit the same places; London, Oxford, Canterbury, the Lake District, and, for some reason I’ve never understood, Stonehenge (it’s a pile of stones that costs you £15 to look vaguely at from 20 metres away whilst getting blown away by the wind). Those people who …

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Don’t You Know There’s A War On?

As already noted, Haworth is most famous for the Brontës. However, on my visit there, they were a mere side-note – the whole village was projecting itself almost exactly 100 years later. It seems that throughout the year, Haworth hosts several ‘weekend events’ dedicated to a particular subculture – November …

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Out on the wiley, windy moors …

Yorkshire. The word conjurers up a myriad of images, from rolling moors to seaside cliffs, from cricket to rugby league, and stereotypical ideas of flat caps, whippets, warm bitter, and an incomprehensible accent. Most people have heard of places like Leeds and Sheffield, but also the North Yorkshire Moors, Scarborough, …

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Beware the Peacocks!

The journey from home to the B&B took just under an hour and half by car, mostly down single-carriageway country lines weaving their way through rolling farmland. The further North however, the higher the peaks got and the more remote the scenery started to look, until the final road which …

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Peaks and Troughs

Sometimes, some of the nicest places in the world are just on your doorstep. Padley Gorge, looking towards Grindleford. It’s only 29 miles from my house to Padley Gorge, a popular scenic valley in Derbyshire, just across the border from Sheffield. The road in is easily recognisable due to the …

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