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Nostell Priory – A Relaxing Day Out Near Wakefield

Nostell Priory near Wakefield, Yorkshire, is an interesting and relaxing place to visit The post Nostell Priory – A Relaxing Day Out Near Wakefield appeared first on Self Arranged Journeys.

Matt and I are members of the National Trust, and we like to visit NT properties whenever we can.  A property we visited recently for the first time is Nostell Priory, situated between Wakefield and Pontefract in South Yorkshire.

Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, England

Nostell Priory – the house

The House

The house, which was lived in until recently by successive generations of the Winn family, is well worth a visit.  It contains interesting decorative interiors and a great collection of Chippendale furnishings.

There is currently (2018) an exhibition about Thomas Chippendale’s life and work, and his dealings with the Winn family at Nostell.

You can join an informative guided tour in the morning if you wish, but we chose instead to visit in the afternoon when you can wander around at our own pace.  The guides in the various rooms were very friendly and told us more about some of the interesting items on display.

The Gardens and Parkland

Adjacent to the house there are attractive formal gardens.

Rose garden at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, England

Rose garden beside the house

As we love growing our own fruits and vegetables, we were particularly interested in the Kitchen Garden.   It is beautifully kept and contains a range of interesting varieties, as well as some lovely climbing white roses.

Kitchen garden, Nostell Prior, Yorkshire, England

Immaculately kept walled Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden, Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, England

Another view of the Kitchen Garden

There are lots of beautiful mature trees in the surrounding gardens and parkland, like this huge oak.

Oak tree at Nostell, Yorkshire, England

Huge oak tree in the garden

Winding paths through trees lead down to the scenic lakes.  We saw lots of tame squirrels in the woods, and there were swans, geese, ducks and coots on the lakes.  There are plenty of seats where you can enjoy the views and watch the wildlife.

Middle lake at Nostell, Yorkshire, England

Middle lake

Horse chestnut tree beside the Middle Lake at Nostell, Yorkshire, England

Horse chestnut tree beside the Middle Lake

Lower lake, Nostell, Yorkshire, England

View over the lower lake

The secluded Menagerie Garden is a great place for a peaceful picnic.

Arch in the Menagerie Garden, Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, England

Archway leading to the Menagerie Garden

Magnolia trees in the Menagerie Garden, Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, England

Magnolia trees in the Menagerie Garden

Menagerie House at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, England

Ivy clad Menagerie House

 


If you wish to walk further, there are paths through the surrounding parkland with far-reaching views over the countryside.

Entrance to the parkland at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, England

Entrance to the parkland

Cattle grazing in the parkland at Nostell, Yorkshire, England

Cattle grazing in the park

Trees in the parkland at Nostell, Yorkshire, England

More mature trees in the park

We enjoyed our day at Nostell Priory – a great place to relax for a few hours in beautiful surroundings!

Practicalities

Nostell Priory is situated in Nostell village, reached by the Doncaster Road from Wakefield.

There is a tearoom with indoor and outdoor seating, a gift shop and plant sales.

For access information, opening times, prices for non-members and details of special events and exhibitions see the Nostell page on the National Trust website.

If you like to visit National Trust properties regularlymembership makes a lot of sense.

As a member you get free access to over 500 National Trust properties (including National Trust for Scotland), and free parking in many NT car parks.  Just a few visits will recover the membership fee and you will then be saving money.  You can visit as often as you like, and you will be contributing towards the care and maintenance of these very special places.

Backlit rose by a window



 

 

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Scampston Walled Garden and Park, North Yorkshire

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Just off the A64 between Malton and Scarborough, Scampston Hall walled garden and parkland are well worth a visit.

Scampston Hall walled garden, Yorkshire, England

Fountain and flower beds in the walled garden

The Walled Garden

The beautifully maintained walled garden was originally designed by Piet Oudolf in 1999.  It is divided into several distinct areas which combine colourful, relaxing flower beds with bold, contemporary designs.

There are also water features and ample seats and benches scattered around so you can enjoy the peacefulness of the place.  We enjoyed watching the numerous bees at work.  It was a pleasure to hear the humming sound which was so common when we were younger, but rarely heard these days.

Scampston Hall walled garden, Yorkshire, England

Colourful flower beds

Scampston Hall walled garden, Yorkshire, England

Yew hedges in the Serpentine Garden

Scampston Hall walled garden, Yorkshire, England

Yew columns in the Silent Garden

Colourful Astrantia major flowers

Colourful Astrantia major flowers

The Conservatory

A previously derelict glasshouse has been beautifully restored, with the help of National Lottery funding.  It now contains an interesting exhibition about the history of the gardens and parkland and the people who worked there.

Restored glasshouse at Scampston Hall, Yorkshire, England

The restored glasshouse

Potted plants in a conservatory

Potted plants in the conservatory

The Parkland

The parkland, designed by Capability Brown, contains open views, some beautiful mature trees, grazing sheep and upper and lower lakes joined by a small cascade.  Several trails allow you to explore, but some of the paths are a little rough so do wear appropriate footwear.

Trees in the park at Scampston Hall, Yorkshire, England

Trees in the park

Sheep in the park at Scampston Hall, Yorkshire, England

Sheep grazing in the park

Wide track through trees at Scampston, Yorkshire, England

The ‘Old Aviaries Trail’ through beautiful trees

Old horse shelter, Scampston Park, Yorkshire, England

Old horse shelter, now used by bats and barn owls

The Lakes

Wandering around the park you have a good chance of spotting wildlife.  The lakes, one of which is covered with water lilies, are home to many water birds, damselflies and dragonflies.  We also saw buzzards and red kites as we walked around the park.  Barn owls and kingfishers live here too.

Lake at Scampston, Yorkshire, England

The lower lake

Cascade at Scampston, Yorkshire, England

Cascade between the upper and lower lakes

Bridge over the lake at Scampston, Yorkshire, England

Bridge over the upper lake

Canada geese amongst water lilies on a lake

Canada geese families amongst the water lilies

Blue tailed damselfly on a wooden post

Blue tailed damselfly on a wooden post

Practicalities

Scampston Hall is located just off the A64 between Malton and Scarborough.  There is ample parking with a picnic area.

Picnic tables

Picnic tables at the carpark

There is also an excellent Garden Cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.  Good coffee, homemade cakes and quality light meals are served.  I can vouch for the homemade scones!  Other facilities include plant and gift sales.

Scampston Hall cafe, Yorkshire, England

View of the Garden Cafe from the garden

The walled gardens and parkland are open from the end of March until the end of October (closed on Mondays except for Bank Holidays).

Guided tours of the Hall are also available on some days.  For full details of opening times and admission prices see the Scampston website.

Scampston Walled Garden is a partner garden of the Royal Horticultural Society.  Members are entitled to free entry on Fridays and throughout October.  For membership see Royal Horticultural Society.



 

We loved visiting this peaceful little gem – don’t miss it!

 

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Carcassonne, France – A Short Break in a Magical Medieval City

The magical city of Carcassone, France, makes a great destination for a winter break The post Carcassonne, France – A Short Break in a Magical Medieval City appeared first on Self Arranged Journeys.

Carcassonne seen across the River Aude, France

Carcassonne seen across the River Aude

The Citadel

Carcassonne in the French Languedoc is magical.  The old medieval walled citadel is a maze of cobbled streets, drawbridges, turrets and towers, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Situated on a hilltop, above the River Aude, it really does look like something straight out of a fairytale when seen from a distance.

Approaching the Medieval Citadel at Carcassonne

Approaching the walled Citadel

Carcassonne, France

Walls, turrets and bridges abound

Between the double walls of the citadel at Carcassonne , France

Walking between the double walls of the citadel

Tower in the citadel at Carcassonne , France

More turrets

Street inside the Citadel at Carcassonne, France

Typical cobbled street inside the Citadel

Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus in the citadel at Carcassonne, France

Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus inside the citadel

It’s a wonderful place to explore on foot.  Strolling around the double walls, ramparts and narrow cobbled streets is just fascinating and very atmospheric.

But of course, being so magical does have its drawbacks.   Carcassonne is one of the most visited places in France, and is understandably hugely popular with coach tour groups.  It can therefore be extremely busy during the day, especially during the summer season.  And there is the usual overabundance of touristy shops, stalls and cafes.

A Winter Visit

In an attempt to avoid the crowds and the summer heat, Matt and I visited in winter, just after Christmas.  And we are so pleased we did.  The crowds were indeed less, and if anything the city looks even more magical when the spotlights come on at night.  Wandering around after dark, checking out the restaurants, with spotlit turrets and towers at every turn, was a very special experience.

The Citadel at Carcassone, France, at night

The Citadel at night

Entrance to the Citadel at Carcassonne, France, at night

Entrance to the Citadel at night with Christmas lights

One thing to bear in mind if you do visit in winter is that it can be surprisingly cold.  When we visited cold winds were blowing straight down from the nearby snow-capped Pyrenees, making it very chilly indeed.

View of the Pyrenees Mountains from the walls of Carcassonne, France

View of the distant snow-capped Pyrenees from the city walls

The Lower Town

As magical as the Citadel is, it is also worth spending time exploring the slightly newer ‘lower town’ across the river.  Here there are all the facilities you would expect, including good hotels, restaurants and shopping.

We enjoyed just strolling around, and particularly enjoyed the attractive bridges over the River Aude.

Bridge over the River Aude at Carcassonne, France

Footpath and bridge over the River Aude

Bridge over the River Aude at Carcassonne, France

Closer view of the above bridge in afternoon light

Bridges at Carcassonne, France

Bridge through a bridge

Canal du Midi – Great for a Longer Stroll

The Citadel is not the only UNESCO Site in town – the Canal du Midi which runs through Carcassonne also has UNESCO status.  There are great towpaths beside the canal, making it ideal for a longer stroll if you want to get away from the sounds of the city for a while.

When we visited in mid winter there were sheets of ice on some sections of the canal, which was interesting to see.

Canal du Midi at Carcassonne, France

Towpath beside the Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi near Carcassonne, France

Section further along the canal, with ice on the water

Beside the Canal du Midi at Carcassonne, France

A pleasant part of the path – but it was really cold!

Bridge over the Canal du Midi, Caracassonne, France

Bridge over the Canal du Midi

Barges on the Canal du Midi, Carcassonne, France

Barges and ice on the Canal du Midi

Further Afield

If you want to explore further afield, here are a few suggestions.

If you have a car you can easily visit some of the nearby Languedoc Vineyards, or arrange a walk in the wonderful Cathar Castle region.

By rail it is easy to visit nearby Tolouse, Perpignan or Montpellier see RailEurope for timetables and to purchase tickets online.

If you would like to join an organised tour see Viator for a range of options in and around Carcassonne.

Practicalities

Getting to Carcassonne

Carcassonne has its own airport.  To check for available flights from your local airport try using Skyscanner.


If you cannot find flights direct to Carcassonne, the city is easily reached by car from the airports at Tolouse, Perpignan, Montpellier or Girona (Spain).   For car hire try Holiday Autos for a massive choice at great prices.




Or you can easily travel by train from Tolouse, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Paris and many other cities.

To check train routes, connections and timetables from any starting point see RailEurope.

The one-stop shop for train travel

Where to Stay

We stayed in the Hotel Mercure La Cite, and were very happy with it.  The hotel is really conveniently situated, just a few minutes walk the citadel entrance, making it a pleasant stroll in the evenings.  It was comfortable, with a good breakfast and pleasant restaurant, and good value.

If you want to splash out and stay actually within the citadel walls, the Hotel de la Cite looks fabulous – we would love to give this one a try one day!

To search the huge range of accommodation available at Carcassonne see this page at booking.com.

Although magical at any time of year, we highly recommend Carcassonne for a short winter break.  The sight of the medieval city lit up at night will certainly remain long in your memory.

 

Carcassonne, France

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Ripley Castle – A Great Day Out in North Yorkshire (Update)

Have a great day out exploring the gardens and parkland of Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire The post Ripley Castle – A Great Day Out in North Yorkshire (Update) appeared first on Self Arranged Journeys.

Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire

Ripley Castle

Note – I first posted about Ripley Castle after a visit late last autumn.  This is an update to that earlier post, and also includes new information and photos from a recent visit in early June.

View of Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire

View of the castle across the park

A visit to Ripley Castle, situated between Knaresborough and Ripon in North Yorkshire, is a treat at any time of year.  You can join a very interesting guided tour of the castle buildings (tours last about an hour – see Visitor Information for details and opening times).

Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire

Ripley Castle

Or you can just spend a couple of hours or more exploring the extensive gardens, woods, lake and parkland.   Entry to the gardens is free during winter months, and to RHS members on most days.

And what lovely gardens and grounds they are!  The notes and photos below are from our two recent visits, one in late autumn and one more recently in early summer.

The Walled Gardens

There is an old walled garden and a kitchen garden known for its collection of rare vegetables to explore.  In summer the walled garden is full of colourful flowers and a delight to stroll around.

Poppies in a mixed herbaceous border

Poppies in a mixed herbaceous border

Cranesbill geraniums in full flower

Cranesbill geraniums in full flower

Bright laburnum flowers

Bright laburnum flowers

Cream coloured rose blooms

A beautiful cream coloured rose

The Glasshouse

The extensive glasshouse is almost 200 years old, and contains various palms, succulents and other unusual plants from around the world.

Glasshouse

Inside the Glasshouse

Spanish moss (Tillandsia)

Unusual Spanish moss (Tillandsia) growing draped over tree branches

Exotic iris

Exotic iris

Orchid

A beautiful orchid in the glasshouse

The Woods

The mixed woodland is a delight in any season.  There are shady paths, convenient benches, beautiful deciduous trees and some very impressive (though still relatively young) giant redwoods.

Giant redwood tree trunk

Giant redwood tree trunk

Redwood and rhododendron bushes in a wood

A younger redwood tree and flowering rhododendron bushes



 

The Lake

Good paths lead to a lovely ornamental lake, with a bridge over a small waterfall.  There are great views over the lake from the bridge, which is frequently used by wildfowl.  The following photos are from our autumn visit.

Ornamental bridge trees with autum foliage

Bridge at the edge of the lake and beautiful autumn foliage

Trees reflected in the lake at Ripley Castle

Trees reflected in the lake

Lake at Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire

View of the lake and trees

Trees reflected in a lake in autumn

Another view with great reflections

Ancient Trees in the Deer Park

The highlight of our autumn visit was undoubtedly the walk around the spacious deer park, with its herd of fallow deer and many wonderful old trees.   The trees are beautiful at any time of year, but particularly resplendent in their autumn colours.

Oak trees with autumn foliage

Oak trees, one very ancient, with lovely autumn foliage

Trees in a park with autumn foliage

More beautiful autumn colours

The ancient horse chestnut tree below has a fantastically gnarled trunk.

Ancient horse chestnut tree

Ancient horse chestnut tree

Ancient horse chestnut tree trunk

Wonderful tree trunk!

Some of the oak trees are thought to be 1000 years old.  Like the gnarled tree below with a convenient wooden seat for a picnic.

Ancient oak tree

Ancient oak tree

We walked round the entire park, and had sandwiches on the seat shown in the photo above, and only saw one other couple.  It was such a privilege to enjoy these wonderful trees with only the sounds of nature.

Ancient tree trunk

Another splendid old tree

The Fallow Deer

During our recent summer visit we managed to get quite close to the resident fallow deer herd.  They are shy animals and we tried not to disturb them.

Fallow deer in the Deer Park at Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire, England

Fallow deer in the Deer Park

Fallow deer in the Deer Park at Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire, England

Keeping a close eye on us!

We have had two lovely visits to Ripley Castle, and will certainly visit again soon.  In fact I am already looking forward to seeing more summer flowers in the walled garden and checking out the rare vegetables!



A Few Practicalities

Ripley is situated close to Harrogate and Knaresborough, on the A61 towards Ripon.  It can be reached by a regular bus service which connects Leeds, Harrogate and Ripon.

There is a nice tearoom in the village opposite the entrance to the castle.  There is also the renowned Boar’s Head Inn which provides quality accommodation and excellent food.

There are a few small shops in the village, including a gallery and gift shop.

For information about disabled access see Visitor Information.

If you are a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, Ripley Castle is a partner garden and entry is free on most days.

Irises and hostas by the edge of a lake

Irises and hostas by the edge of a lake



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Breezy Knees – A Fantastic Flower Garden Near York

Breezy Knees is a beautiful and peaceful flower garden a few miles outside York, England The post Breezy Knees – A Fantastic Flower Garden Near York appeared first on Self Arranged Journeys.

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If you love flowers and gardens, and are in the York area, you should seek out and visit a wonderful garden called Breezy Knees.  Situated close to the village of Warthill, the garden is a haven of peace and full of colour and character.

Note:  The photos here are from a visit in May, before many of the plants were flowering.  I hope to update this post when we visit again later in the year.

Approach path to Breezy Knees Garden near York, England

Beautiful Euphorbias on the approach path to the main gardens

Apparently containing over 6000 varieties of plants, the garden is divided into various themed areas and seems larger than its 20 acres.  You can easily spend a couple of hours strolling around the well laid out paths.  And if you love plants you could spend much longer…..

Breezy Knees Garden near York, England

Pleasant seat in the Raised Bed Garden

Azaleas in Breezy Knees Garden near York, England

Colourful azaleas

Breezy Knees Garden near York, England

The June Garden (in May!)

Breezy Knees gardens near York, England

A shady area



 Themed areas include, among others, the May, June and September gardens, the Cottage Garden, the Rock Garden, the Rose Garden and the Raised Bed Garden.  As a lover of trees I particularly like the Conifer Garden.

Conifer garden at Breezy Knees Garden near York, England

Conifer Garden

Conifer garden at Breezy Knees Garden near York, England

Interesting weeping cedar in the Conifer Garden

I am also very fond of Hostas, with their beautiful leaves, and Breezy Knees has some particularly fine examples.

 

There are a couple of ponds, one of which was teeming with tadpoles last time we visited, and the impressive White Rose fountain.

Pond in Breezy Knees Garden near York, England

Peaceful pond

White Rose Fountain at Breezy Knees near York, England

White Rose fountain

There are also a few quirky features to add further interest.

Wellies sculpture at Breezy Knees Garden near York, England

Gigantic wellies!

Butterfly hedge at Breezy Knees Garden near York, England

Butterfly hedge

Anyone who enjoys peaceful places, interesting plants and beautiful gardens will surely enjoy a visit to Breezy Knees.



A Few Practicalities

Breezy Knees is situated close the the village of Warthill, just off the A64 north of York.

The garden is open from the beginning of May to the end of September.  See their website for directions, opening times and prices.

As well as the gardens, there is a nursery specialising in perennials, and a small but pleasant cafe with indoor and outdoor seating (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).

Entrance to Breezy Knees gardens near York, England

Outdoor seating at the cafe

Note that there are toilets near the cafe, but none in the actual gardens.  Be aware that it is a bit of a walk back to the entrance if you need to use the facilities during your visit.

Many of the paths within the garden are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and there are lots of seats and benches around the gardens.

Bench in Breezy Knees gardens near York, England

One of many well-placed seats

 

If you would like to stay in York there is a huge variety of accommodation available – see this page at booking.com.



 

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Travels Closer to Home – Photos from Around my Yorkshire Home

A selection of photos from around my Yorkshire home, to remind us that we do not always have to travel long distances to see beautiful places The post Travels Closer to Home – Photos from Around my Yorkshire Home appeared first on Self Arranged...

You don’t always have to travel to exotic faraway places to see interesting and beautiful sights.

You may be surprised to learn that until I was in my mid 30s I had not been outside the UK.  But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t love travelling.  Trips to see the wonderful mountains in Wales and the Lake District.  Drives through the bleak but beautiful Yorksire Moors.  Day trips to the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire seaside. Bird watching trips to the Norfolk Coast.  These holidays and outings were always the highlights of my year.

Filey beach on the Yorkshire coast

Filey beach on the Yorkshire coast

Stream in the North York Moors, England

Stream in the North York Moors

And I have always loved exploring the countryside and nature around my home.  It is so easy to overlook what is right on your doorstep.

Therefore I thought I would do something different, and post some photos from around my local area.  None of these are from tourist attractions, they are just from local footpaths, parks, woods and fields close to where I live, just outside York.

Never stop exploring – there is beauty to be found everywhere if you bother to look!

York City Centre

Of course York is well known as a tourist destination, and has many world class tourist attractions (York Minster, National Railway Museum, Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Dungeon).

But you can also see interesting and beautiful things just by strolling around.

York Minster from the City Walls

York Minster from the City Walls

View from the City Walls, York

View from the City Walls, York

Seasonal changes seen from the City Walls, York

Seasonal changes – daffodils fading and cherry blossom about to open seen from the City Walls

York Minster from the city walls

Another view of the Minster from the City Walls

York Minster from the Minster Gardens, York

York Minster seen through the trees in the Minster Gardens

St Mary's Abbey, York

St Mary’s Abbey in the Museum Gardens, York

Ancient Octagonal Tower in the Museum Gardens, York

Ancient Octagonal Tower in the Museum Gardens

St Mary's Abbey, Museum Gardens, York

Another view of St Mary’s Abbey in the Museum Gardens

Colourful shrubs in the Museum Gardens, York

Winter colours in the Museum Gardens

Weeping willow by the River Foss, York

Weeping willow and geese on the River Foss

Trees by the River Ouse in York, England

Trees by the River Ouse

Reflections in flood water, York

Reflections in the waters of an autumn flood

Flooded River Ouse at York

Recent flood seen from Ouse Bridge

If you would like to stay in York there is a huge variety of accommodation available – see this page at booking.com.

For a useful guide see A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls or Insight Guides Great Breaks York.

 

York Outskirts

There are many paths and country lanes around the outskirts of York where you can experience some peace and nature.  I particularly love many of our beautiful trees.

Poplar tree trunks beside a lane near York

Poplar tree trunks lining a shady lane beside Fulford Golf Course

Poplar trees growing beside a lane

Another view of the poplar trees above

Copper beech and silver birch

Copper beech and silver birch seen from the above lane

Colourful trees with new spring leaves

Colourful trees with new spring leaves at the York Designer Outlet

Cherry blossom by a country lane

Cherry blossom by a country lane

Approach to the York Designer Outlet

Approach to the York Designer Outlet on a beautiful winter day

Rare tansy beetles in York, England

Rare tansy beetles seen on a path in Fulford near the River Ouse

Light snow in a field near York, England

A winter stroll near Heslington



Pocklington Canal

Much of Pocklington Canal is designated an SSSI for its wildlife.

Accessed at Canal Head, a few miles from York and just outside Pocklington town, or at Melbourne, it is a great place to go for a stroll and a picnic.  We have seen lots of birds here, including kingfishers, and in the summer it is teeming with dragonflies and damselflies.

Pocklington Canal Head, Yorkshire

Pocklington Canal Head

Pocklington Canal

Reedy section of the canal

Path beside Pocklington Canal, Yorkshire

Path beside the reeds

Towpath beside Pocklington Canal, Yorkshire

Section of the towpath

Pocklington Canal near Melbourne, Yorkshire

The canal near Melbourne

Swans on Pocklington Canal, Yorkshire

Swans on the canal

Disused lock on the Pocklington Canal, Yorkshire

One of several disused locks

Restored lock on the Pocklington Canal, Yorkshire

Restored lock near Melbourne

Seat at Canal Head, Pocklington, Yorkshire

A good spot for a snack

River Wharf at Tadcaster

Another good spot for a stroll is by the River Wharf at Tadcaster.  You can park free in Tadcaster, where there are coffee shops and bars.

As well as the attractive weir and viaduct, you can often see wildlife.  We have seen mergansers and herons in the river, and kestrels, buzzards and red kites overhead.

Weir on the River Wharf at Tadcaster, Yorkshire

Weir on the River Wharf

Weir and viaduct on the River Wharf at Tadcaster, Yorkshire

Weir and viaduct

Cows drinking in the River Wharf at Tadcaster, Yorkshire

Cows drinking in the River Wharf

Sheep with lambs in a field near Tadcaster, Yorkshire

A peaceful Yorkshire scene

River Wharf at Tadcaster, Yorkshire

Trees growing beside the River Wharf

Around my Village

Paths around Bishopthorpe, my village, lead through fields and trees to the River Ouse.  There is always something to see.  Read more at Open Skies and Yorkshire Sunsets on my sister website Thoughts of Dawn (where I post original photography – and sometimes have a good moan!)

Footpath through trees with dappled light

Footpath through the trees

Acaster Malbis Church, Yorkshire, England

Acaster Malbis Church nestled in the trees

Oak tree in a ploughed field

A favourite oak tree

Bare tree in a field near York

Bare tree by a ploughed field – you can just see my village in the background

River Ouse near York

River Ouse near my home

Sailing boats on the River Ouse near York

Sailing boats on the river

Autumn colours by the River Ouse near York

Autumn colours on the riverbank

Picnic tables by the River Ouse near York

A favourite place for coffee by the river – The Waterside Cafe at the York Marina

Boats on the River Ouse near York at twilight

Boats on the River Ouse at twilight

Sunset over the fields near York, England

Peaceful evening stroll

Sun setting behind trees near York, England

Sun setting behind the trees

Of course nothing beats the excitement of exploring new places.  But sometimes those places may not be so far away.

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