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Helmsley, Knaresborough and bits in-between

When you stay anywhere you inevitably take lots of photographs of some places in-between, places you pass through, places you whizz around and never really have enough time in, places you have been to before and places you plan to one day see again.

We had breakfast one morning in the market town of Helmsley which won the best British market town in 2017. A small, quaint little place with lots of little unique shops, a delicatessen and little cafe’s in which to eat a good full english breakfast (I am going to miss these when I get back to Tokyo).

From there we travelled to Knaresborough passing by what is called ‘Britain’s best view’. It was pretty cloudy when we got there so there wasn’t a lot of light to photograph by. I saw at least 4 gliders in the sky enjoying the views below too.

Knaresborough is however one of my favourite places in Yorkshire. I have stayed in the town a few times and it has a lot of character. The town’s main feature is the Viaduct and it is also home to Mother Shipton’s cave. It is only 2-3 miles from Harrogate which is a great town to shop in and has Betty’s tea room which is always (and I mean always) worth a visit! Such yummy food.

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Castle Howard | Yorkshire | England

What a castle! This castle has been lived in by the Howard family since it was built 300 years ago. The house/castle has 1000 acres of land, covered in beautiful woodlands, with lakes, temples and fountains. They also have some cool shops (important feature for us girls), cool little cafes with some very fresh food, an awesome farm shop and a huge big kids playground that I spent a good bit of time in.

I thoroughly enjoyed the inside of this castle, so many well preserved works of art. For myself personally I was inspired by the sculptures, many of which were placed in beautifully lit areas.

The one hall that you pass through on the route through the castle was simply breathtaking. I spent a long time in it just trying to take it in and my youngest lay on her back on the floor to look up at it all.

I didn’t take quite as many photographs in the gardens as I spent the majority of my time in the adventure playground with the kids. I should have taken pictures of that too.

I do have a favourite photograph this time though. And it is the one below. I loved the sculpture at the end of the corridor and couldn’t help but be grateful for whoever the clever soul was that placed it in such beautiful light. That light really helps to show the emotion of the sculpture. Beautiful.

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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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