Grosmont – North Yorkshire Moors

Grosmont is a small village in the Esk Valley in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. It is home to the old steam trains that go from Whitby to Pickering. The trains were stopped and the station was closed in the 1960s but reopened in the 1970s thanks to the efforts of some steam train enthusiasts.

The village itself is tiny and the busiest place in the village is the station tavern pub right next door to the station. Most of the town is on a hill so you have to like a good climb. Its good for the butt muscles lol.

I have to say: if you do visit this town be sure to pop into the Geall Gallery, the artist is always in there and his work is stunning. I found the gallery beautifully inspiring.

The town is in a fantastic location, it’s a quick drive to Whitby from here and there are many walks from this village. On one of my afternoons there I walked up the hill (bent over at an angle just to get up it lol) and followed what I thought was a footpath only to end up in a farmers backyard. Luckily the farmer was very friendly and gave me some advice about walks nearby. He was a very sweet man with a little fishing hat and glasses, I couldn’t help but smile because he would have been a perfect character for a Wallace and Gromit animation. His accent was adorable too and stuck in my head for the rest of my holiday. He told me to go to the end of his farm and visit his cows, he told me they would be pretty friendly and he wasn’t wrong, once in the farm field after the first cow started towards me they all got up and started walking towards me, I was ok with one but when the whole lot were near I scampered back over the fence lol. I do love Yorkshire and it is so great to be out in nature. It is so different to being in Tokyo.

I tell you one thing these cows have the best view, I bet you they have witnessed some amount of awe inspiring sunrises and sunsets.

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Hadraw Force

There is a tiny little village close to Hawes and Askrigg called Hadraw. Hadraw has a waterfall in it called Hadraw Force, it was apparently in a movie years ago. At the beginning of the walk to it you have to pay a small fee, there is coffee shop there which is quirky on the inside and has some lovely illustrations on the walls. It is a lovely gentle walk to the falls and makes for a nice relaxing little morning out.

The village is also home to the church that was used in the ‘all creatures great and small’ uk tv series. The village is tiny and you can literally walk through it in less than 10 minutes but it is well preserved and very pretty with a little stone bridge in the centre. Definitely worth a visit.

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follow the footpaths | Askrigg | Yorkshire

I love the UK, especially the countryside. I try to come back to the UK once every year and my favourite part of my trip is always when we go off into the countryside. I am most definitely not a night owl and ever since I was very young my favourite part of the day was sunrise. Of course with life and kids etc I don’t manage to see the sunrise everyday but I do wake up around 5/5:30am. It is for me the very best time of the day, and that may be because I get it all to myself as everyone else is generally fast asleep and dreaming.

When I am in the UK I get the chance to follow the footpaths through the countryside at 5:30am when the air is crisp and scenery is just lighting up. It is my favourite way to start the day. Below are some photos from my morning walks close to Askrigg. I would stay in this town again. (If you want to read more about Askrigg check out my previous post)

It really doesn’t matter to me what the weather is like in the morning I will go out in no matter what given the choice. I don’t always have to take photographs although I obviously prefer it when I do. This year we were very lucky with the weather though and majority of the mornings were sunny. I know thats not the norm for this area so I am very grateful.

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Staying in Askrigg

I found that one of the hardest things to do when going on holiday is actually deciding where the heck to go and then where do you stay?!?! I am one of those people who struggles with too much choice lol. I am however very very lucky as I have a mom who is incredible at it. So we stayed in Askrigg and it is a beautiful little town in the Yorkshire Dales.

Askrigg was one of the locations used for the Uk television program ‘all creatures great and small’. It is a very pretty little village and I am happy that we stayed there. There is a very useful little shop in the village, which is always busy seriously you would be surprised how busy, there seemed to be someone parking up outside every few minutes. That little shop also had it’s own little tea room which sells a great pot of tea and yummy sandwiches.

That isn’t the only cool spot in the village, this village also has a little deli called Humble Pie which serves the fastest quiches I have ever had, all cooked fresh early in the morning. They also make a great breakfast. I still miss this little spot. Crazy as this sounds I would even say that I would go back to this village just to buy quiche! (unfortunately I don’t have a photo of this place as I was always too busy stuffing my face.)

The town also has a few good pubs in it, I mean this is the UK after all so thats kinda a given lol. I particularly liked the King’s Arms, which was used as the Drover’s Inn in the all creatures great and small series. They have a fantastic Sunday roast. And yes you guessed it – I don’t have any photos of this place either but I do have the belly to prove it lol.

Askrigg is a great little town though, there are many walks from here and you have Asygarth falls not far away, Hadraw Force is only 5 miles up the road and Hawes is also just 10 minutes drive. There is a fantastic coloured pencil artist gallery in Hawes owned by Stacey Moore. I highly recommend it. They also have a great deli shop in the middle of town and every Tuesday they have a farmers market in the centre.

Would I say in Askrigg again – YOU BET YA!

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Collection

I saw this awesome little wall near Mayhem cove and I just couldn’t help but think just how cool it must be to have such a fun thing to collect. I remember trying to collect plates but it didn’t last. I would love to collect art, one piece from every country I visit, this one really appeals to me. But for the moment I will have to make do with collecting memories 🙂

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Bolton Castle North Yorkshire

“Really, do I have to? You know I’m not a massive fan of castles don’t you?” – There are times I get seriously annoyed with myself. I think it’s just pure laziness on my part cause when I get to where we are going I inevitably enjoy myself (especially if I can take photographs).  I am one of those people who just needs a good kick in the butt often.

Bolton Castle is close to Leyburn in North Yorkshire and dates back to the 14th century. The castle was built by between 1378 and 1399 by the 1st Baron of Scrope and is still owned by the descendants of that family today. The castle is rather interesting to visit because part of it is a ruin and the other isn’t, so it is like having 2 sights in 1.

The castle not only has views over the North Yorkshire countryside but it has a well loved and well maintained garden complete with a maze.

At certain times of the day the castle has a birds of prey show. We unfortunately missed is so I cannot tell you what it was like. Inside the castle it is worth visiting the little shop and they also have a cafe. Behind the castle near the car park is a old church worth seeing.

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Another year another trip to Miyajima – I am addicted

Ok I have to admit that Miyajima may be my favourite place in Japan. Although to be honest I like so many places in Japan and for different reasons that it’s really hard to choose a favourite. I have been to Miyajima 3 times now though and thoroughly enjoyed it each and every time. I have also seen new things each time I have been. This time was my first visit to Daishoin Temple and I wish I had been before because photographically it is such an interesting place and I could see myself spending a lot more time there just soaking things in.

The cable car up Mount Misen is well worth it. The walk up to the cable car is pretty too so I never take the little shuttle bus. You want to get there early because the queue can get pretty long and in Japan they do put a lot of people into one little cable car which always freaks me out lol.

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A quick trip to Singapore

I have wanted to go to Singapore for awhile now, I have met many people while living in Tokyo who used to live in Singapore and they all loved it! I had to go and see for myself why. I wasn’t disappointed, the place is great it is such a melting pot of cultures, colour, histories, traditions and great food. I can see why so many people love living there.

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