Monday, January 18, 2010

York, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District

From the first moment I read James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small  I knew that I must visit the Yorkshire Dales and what a surprise!! Everything was exactly the same as he had described in his books oh so many years ago. The lovely hills and dales with delightful villages nestled here and there against the hill side. I can’t get enough of it and it always beckons to me. Warm, friendly dales folk and more tearooms than anyone could every imagine. Amazing delights such as Reivaulx Abbey, Mt. Grace Priory, Fountains Abbey, Wensleydale Cheese Factory(favorite of Wallace and Gromit), Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire Railway and Castle Howard all amongst the spectacular splendor of the Yorkshire countryside. It almost has a magical quality about it that has to be experienced to be believed!
Although I love the countryside and small villages a trip to North England would not be complete without visiting the city of York. Renowned for its amazing architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets and the majestic York Minster, the walled city of York offers something for everybody. Take afternoon tea at Betty’s, time out to enjoy some of the country’s most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river.
There are many beautiful places throughout the English countryside but very few that can rival the Lake District. Once again a magical place that survives today due to the diligence of Beatrix Potter. As the creator of Peter Rabbit and her many friends of the forest and woods, Beatrix was intent on maintaining her beloved Lake District and keeping it always as a place of enjoyment for years to come. We visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery and her home at Hill Top as well as Williams Wordsworths Rydal Mount just short drive from Ambleside on Lake Windermere. We must of course pay homage to the Bronte sisters in Haworth as well.

Join us for a trip that you will remember and cherish always.
Shannon McDonald Tate

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