Easter in Yorkshire

That time I decided to spend my Easter Holidays as I always wanted to - traveling. The choice was simple - Yorkshire! Why? It's not so far away from London and it is a treat for both - hiking and history freaks!
- Apr 2019 -

DURATION:

4 DAYS

TYPE:

COUPLES HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

HIKING

BUDGET:

£250

York

York

For our Easter Holiday we were based at our friend's house in Leeds. It took us just 2 hours by train to get there from Central London, but driving could be also very good idea (the way tooks proximately 3,5 hour). In Leeds we rented the car, to be more flexible for our everyday trips. 

Our first days we went to North Yorkshire, to stunning York, where contemporary meets ancient and medieval.

The first thing we saw arriving in York is Clifford's Tower, built 1000 years ago! by William the Conqueror.  


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York's Old Town

York's Old Town

Going through the town center we pass old Tudor style houses, now changed into small charming stores with souvenirs, not rarely with Viking accents mainly thanks to The Vikings series.

After a few minutes carrying walk, we reach the square with the Roman column, which stands there as the mark of the 1900th anniversary of the foundation of the city by Romans in A.D. 71 and the Roman Emperor Constantine Statue sitting, holding a sword and guarding glamorous 15th century York Minster

From there it is only seconds to get to St Mary’s Abbey ruins and Museum Gardens with again Roman ruins! It is a perfect place to sit amongst the flowers, relax or have a picnic.

Then you can continue your trip down the Museum Street, which will lead you across the Ouse River and to the City Walls Trial. The City Walls defend York since Roman times, but the course of the wall has been substantially altered since. Today they obviously do not need to defend the city but instead will take you on an unforgettable journey through the ages around the entire old town.


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Knaresborough

Knaresborough

Next day of our trip we decided to go to Flamborough Head, but on our way, we stopped in Knaresborough, a charming old town in Harrogate District. In this small town, you can see 14th-century castle ruins and built-in-rocks homes, but it is mainly known by its picturesque location by the Nidd River and train viaduct over it.

 


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Flamborough Head

Flamborough Head

Flamborough Head is a 13 km long promontory on the east coast in Yorkshire. It is famous because of its white chalk unique cliffs and two historic lighthouse towers. This lighthouse is almost 30 meters high and the view from the top is breathtaking, what you can check by yourselves because from spring till autumn it is available for tourists. The clash of pearl white cliffs and majestic azur of water makes an incredible impression, unfortunately, the temperature of the North Sea is not so welcoming as its color and smell.


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Kirkstall

Kirkstall

On our way back home we did a quick stop in 12th century Kirkstall Abbey, a ruined Cistercian monastery in Kirkstall north-west of Leeds. The walls of Abbey are really well preserved what allows with a bit of imagination to move back a couple of centuries back.


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Peak District

Peak District

We saved the last day of our trip for hiking in Peak District National Park. It is a beautiful highland area of great geological diversity, split into Dark and White Peak.


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Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge

Dark Peak area is found of endless heaths and dramatic rock scenery. One of the best places to see it is Stanage Edge close to Hathersage

Going deeper into Peak District we landed in Hope Valley and Castleton village, which sits on the boundary between Dark and White Peak. From the village surrounded by hills, you can see Mam Tor, the mountain with the Peveril Castle ruins.


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Wakefield

Wakefield

At the end of the day, we stopped in Wakefield's Sandal Castle to see the sunset. The Castle was totally demolished centuries ago during Wars of The Roses, but you can still climb to its remains of the motte and admire the surroundings. 


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