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July 2022 to

Sept 2022 (Pt1)

This is Part 1 of our nineteen days away which shows us in North Yorkshire. We took Nanny who had never been to Yorkshire apart from to York but always wanted to see more, so here is:
Pam's Grand Tour of God's Own Country.


Dad said this picture needed a human element in it so that's me, peering out between the headrests. Honestly!

Dad's cousin Juliet very kindly gave us the loan of her house whilst she was away. I think it was just big enough for the four of us. Grandad (Dad's Dad) used to call the sitting room the ballroom.

You see the conservatory? One day we arrived back on a hot and sunny afternoon to an unbreathable atmosphere inside. It was 60įC according to the thermometer that wasn't even in the sun.


On the first day Juliet took us on a lengthy drive of the Dales and Moors so Pam (and we) could admire the scenery and be shown such places and buildings as seen in All Creatures Great and Small. (More of this later.)A shady lunch spot in Bainbridge with good views in the North Yorks Moors National Park.
We then continued our drive to Aysgarth Falls.

I think my face tells how cold the water was.


The following day saw the three of us in Thirsk. Juliet stayed at home to prepare for her week away on a calligraphy course. She and Nan are both great calligraphers.

At Thirsk we visited The World of James Herriot Museum where James Wight had his veterinary practice and penned the James Herriot books. These were screened on TV as All Creatures Great and Small.
A note about Nan and the wheelchair. We used it to avoid Nan standing or walking for long periods but thankfully she is still mobile under her own steam.

The same day we explored the area around Sutton Bank after driving up the infamous steep hill where caravans are banned. James Herriot described this view as the finest in England. Shame about the heat haze but I guess the view would be worse if it was raining.


The following day we visited the same area to admire and to wonder at the size and architecture of Rievaulx Abbey.

A quick history lesson: Rievaulx Abbey, founded in 1132, was the first Cistercian abbey to be established in the north of England. It quickly became one of the most powerful and spiritually renowned centres of monasticism in Britain.

Have you noticed that most of our photos show sun and blue sky? But will it last?!

Because of the good weather and having no desire to return to our accommodation we drove across the moors to the coast at Saltburn. Dad noticed mist in the distance and suddenly we were in it. Oh dear!

It was a very localised sea mist but undeterred we continued to Saltburn.

This is a view of the cliff railway and the sea. We actually laughed about it, believe it or not. On the way back we did a detour so Nan could see the Angel of the North. I think we had forgotten just how big it is. It's 54 metres (175 feet) wide, 20 metres (65 feet) high and weighs 200 tonnes. Wow!


Nan has long wanted to visit Newcastle because of its architecture. She wasn't disappointed.

Old, new, and all topped of with a high level railway line. Dad managed to push Nan in the wheelchair up the hill to the town centre, but I had to help him at one point coming down!

There are seven bridges over the River Tyne at Newcastle. This is the swing bridge built in 1876 and is a Grade II listed bridge.

We had lunch beside the river in the shade of the tree in the middle of the picture. Our food came from the building behind it - The Hard Rock Cafe, and very tasty it was too.


Another place on Nan's wish list was Whitby, mainly to see the abbey and to have fish and chips at the seaside! We achieved both.

English Heritage describes Whitby Abbey thus: "From its early, pivotal role in the history of Christianity in England to the arrival of Bram Stokerís Dracula, Whitby is a place where history and legend meet. Explore the visitor centre to discover the stories from the headlandís past." All very interesting indeed.

Nan certainly was pleased to visit but I'm not sure Dad was, pushing her up the grassy slope! Our homeward journey took us via Heartbeat country. Once again Nan loved seeing the places made famous by the TV programme.


The next day was Nan's last with us so we had a more local exploration as the next day entailed Dad driving her home, 232 miles away.

Morning was spent in Richmond and then on to Reeth where we had a late lunch admiring the views again. Notice the fleece I'm holding. It's Dads old one which I grabbed as he was throwing it away earlier this year. It's well worn now with a broken zip but featured in a picture taken here in 2012.


"I fell over whilst paddling in a river at Reeth and do you know what? Mummy and Daddy didn't even notice. Daddy had to carry me in his fleece back to the car. We were watched by three ladies sitting on a seat who found my mishap very funny. I didn't."


The next day Dad drove Nan home, spent the night in our house and came back to Juliet's the next day with the caravan.  The following day (Saturday) we explored Darlington including an attractive South Park. Juliet came home from her week away, so we ended this North Yorkshire holiday by going to her church the next day, followed by a huge Sunday lunch at a local hotel.

Leaving Juliet's. What? No sunset? No, we're saving them for the end of our stay in Northumberland so watch this space.

Well, that's your lot I'm afraid. More to come when Dad has time.
We trust you are keeping well, so until the next time, bye for now.


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