Yorkshire Journals

Yorkshire, England - Part 2

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A November 2006 trip to Yorkshire by MilwVon

In the Skipton Castle Tea Room Photo, More Photos
Quote: This is my second journal on Yorkshire and covers Thirsk, Skipton, Helmsley, and Rievaulx.

White Horse Cafe

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White Horse Cafe Photo, Yorkshire, England
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After an afternoon of touring North Yorkshire, we were ready for an early dinner. We had already prepared ourselves for what we expected to be limited opportunities for our evening meal. Many places don’t even begin serving until after 6:30 or 7pm. Well here in Thirsk, we were challenged to find anywhere that would be serving food at anytime on this evening.We tried several of the local and highly recommended establishments and were disappointed to find none serving dinner. We settled for the White Horse Café, a fish and chips take away place with a small seated dining area for those who were not interested in take away.Looking at the menu, of course there were fish & chips. They a...Read More

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White Horse Cafe
Market Place
Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England YO7 1EY
01845 522 786

Day Five - Helmsley, Rievaulx and Thirsk

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The Valley Below Photo,
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Today was a “close to home” day staying in the near areas of Helmsley, Rievaulx and Thirsk, all within around a 15 mile radius of our timeshare unit. Waiting for the morning rain to clear up, we started about our day shortly after noon. Driving in a new direction into and through Whitestonecliffe and the Yorkshire moors, the view of the sheer white cliffs was profound. We enjoyed the view of the fall colors of primarily yellows and oranges, as a backdrop to the lowlands and farmers’ sheep farms.As we ascended the hillside on a 25% steep graded road, our ears began to pop. The road was twisting through the forest and then we just unexpectedly emerged onto what I would call a high plains type ge...Read More

Helmsley Castle

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Helmsley Castle Photo,
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Helmsley Castle is located very near the centre of the market village of Helmsley, approximately 12 miles from Thirsk. Helmsley Castle has had several owners dating back to his first in the early 12th century, Walter Espec, a Norman baron. Espec was a wealthy land owner, one of the largest in his day.While currently in a ruinous state, visitors will enjoy the narrated walking tour via the audio device provided as part of the admission fee charged to enter Helmsley Castle. The first and perhaps most striking feature of this location is the location itself. Built high atop an area surrounded by two large outer mounted rings of land, with deep trenches between each of them and the castle’s outer ...Read More

Rievaulx Abbey

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Abbey Grounds in Ruins Photo,
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Rievaulx Abbey built in 1132 as the first Cisterian abbey in the north of England when Norman baron Walter Espec provided land to 12 monks to build their monastery in the neighboring Rye Valley. As you make the turnoff the road heading down into the valley, you pass by several old stone homes. Making the last turn at the bottom of the hill, there before you stands the Rievaulx Abbey in its ruinous state. While in the foreground were much of the footings of many of the buildings that are now just outlines on the earth. Behind, however, are the tall skeletal remains of the presbytery, along with partial structures remaining such as the refectory and cloister. Over 400 years of monastic life has been cap...Read More

Day Six - Skipton

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Village on the River Nidd Photo,
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It has been especially nice taking a different route each day to do our sightseeing. With this being our last day in England before catching an early flight back to the USA the following morning; we wanted to really be sure to see something we hadn’t experienced yet. The weather forecast, however, was not in our favor. Torrential rains and 60 MPH winds across most of the UK and especially Britain were the morning prediction. ARGH! We debated whether or not to make it a day in or venture out in spite of the horrific weather forecast.By 11am we felt that the forecasters were obviously mistaken as the sun was trying to peek around the billowy white clouds so off we headed west towards Skipton. Th...Read More

Skipton Castle

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Skipton Castle Photo,
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If ever there was a castle that I would want to live in, Skipton Castle would probably be it. Skipton Castle is recognized as the best and most well preserved castle of the English medieval time period. Skipton Castle dates back to 1090, although like all others of the era, it has seen several updates and enhancements as ownership and use changed. What is more incredible is that this entire structure remains essentially fully in tact with the 1655 roof still in place. The castle was one of the last Royalist strongholds in Northern England, surrendering in 1645 after a three year siege during the Civil War. Much of what was there at that time and shortly thereafter during Lady Anne Clifford’s time in t...Read More

Whitestonecliffe Inn Restaurant

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Whitestonecliff Inn Photo,
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With our late arrival to Sutton Hall, we really didn’t have time to shop for groceries or anything for supper. We asked the young lady who received us for a recommendation. She suggested the Whitestonecliffe Inn, which was approximately 100 yards from the resort. With the rains stopped, it was an alright evening for a stroll.We were told that on a Saturday night, to dine in the restaurant would require prior booking so we would have to dine in the bar. She quickly reassured us that while they had a "bar food menu" all choices would be outstanding and priced fairly. Arriving at approximately 6:20pm we were informed that they didn’t start serving dinner until 7pm so we ordered a round of adu...Read More
Sutton Hall at Whitestonecliff Photo,
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Sutton Hall is located about three miles outside of the market village of Thirsk in North Yorkshire. An old Victorian mansion built in 1700, the property has been purchased and converted into a timeshare ownership resort. Back in the early 20th century, the owner of Sutton Hall purchased neighboring farmland, orchards and several cottages with make up what is today Sutton Hall at Whitestonecliffe resort. The main house has eight apartment-type units with another six contained in the three cottages on the grounds. We were very happy to find out that we had exchanged into one of the one-bedroom cottages.The main house was very stately and furnished as you might expect an old Victorian mansion to...Read More