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Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire

So yesterday I had a tweet asking if there were any villages I’d recommend for a visit in Yorkshire.  Now obviously Yorkshire is an awesome place to visit with tons of cool locations to go to and you just can’t cover that in 140 characters.  So here are my top ten places to visit in Yorkshire, villagey and otherwise.

10 – Knaresborough

Knaresborough is a lovely village in North Yorkshire.  I spent some time there over Christmas a few years ago at which point it was particularly sleepy and peaceful.   It is also home to Britain’s oldest tourist attraction, Mother Shipton’s Cave.

9 – Whitby

Whitby is a town on the Yorkshire coast.  It has a good mix of things to do, from the usual coastal activities, to the Goth weekend it’s become quite famous for.  Then there’s the associations with Dracula, and it’s always nice to visit places that are mentioned in books!

8 – Hawes

Hawes is a market town in the Yorkshire Dales, and is actually the highest town in Britain.  I first went to Hawes with my boyfriend and it’s a gorgeous place to walk around.  It’s also where Wensleydale cheese comes from.

7 – York

I suppose you can’t really mention visiting Yorkshire without mentioning York!  It’s obviously a city in North Yorkshire and you can walk around the walls and visit the Shambles, the most picturesque street in Britain.

6 – Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best preserved abbeys in Britain and I’ve been visiting it since I was little.  I’ve also taken my niece and nephew a few times.  The Abbey itself is in huge grounds where you can go for nice walks.  Across the road is the Abbey House Museum which is interactive and has a replica of a 19th century high street.  It also has one of the best Santa’s grottos I’ve been to.

5 – Roundhay Park

Roundhay is another place I’ve visited since being little.  The park is massive and there’s lots of places to go walking and have picnics.  There’s also Tropical World which has the largest collection of tropical plants outside of Kew Gardens and various animals, including meerkats, which are awesome.

4 – Hazlewood Castle

My boyfriend took me to Hazlewood Castle last Valentine’s day.  It’s a beautiful building in beautiful grounds and it was all very romantic and fairy tale like.

3 – Pateley Bridge

This a little town in Nidderdale and is another place I first visited with my boyfriend.  It has the nicest little museum ever, which, even though it’s quite small, has loads of stuff in it.  Pateley Bridge is also home to the oldest sweet shop in Britain.

2 – Haworth

Haworth is a village in West Yorkshire which was home to the Brontes.  As well as the Bronte museum, the village itself is a lovely place to visit with cobbled streets.  My favourite way to get there is on the old steam train.

1 – Ilkey Moor

Kinda goes without saying really.  It’s the home of our Yorkshire anthem, it has some of the best views in the county, and is, all in all, my favourite place in the homeland.

Visit Yorkshire – it’s a lovely place!

Copyright, D M Day, 2016


The beginning of the blogging


My father’s family name being Day, and my christian name Donna, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than D.  So I called myself D, and came to be called Double D.

And I’m starting a blog.  Mostly because I’m starting a Creative Writing course with the OU in October and it seems to be in the in thing with the student crowd.

Mostly up until now my writing has been stored in old scrappy filled up notebooks and the like so this whole typing it up thing’s a bit new, even though I’m a secretary/audio typist and should probably know better.  Especially seeing as my handwriting is mostly illegible and any pen I buy leaks…

But the Creative Writing Facebook group is setting lots of weekly challenges to get the creative juices flowing and I’ll stick my efforts on here.  Along with anything else that happens to inspire me in the meantime.

After all it is a truth universally acknowledged that a writing woman in possession of too much paper must be in want of electronic storage.

And if it all goes wrong, as Billy Pilgrim said, so it goes.