Saturday, September 23, 2017

Holiday in Yorkshire - September 2017 - Days 1 - 2

We booked a week at Blacksmith's Cottage in Askham Bryan, which is a convenient base from which to explore Yorkshire.

 Blacksmith's Cottage and part of the garden.

Our first stop on the journey was at the Llama Karma Kafe for coffee!

Later in the journey, we stopped at Barnard Castle and had lunch at Penny's Tearoom (good food and dog-friendly). Rob had the veggie breakfast and I had a jacket potato with cheese and beans. There are lots of nice, independent shops to explore, and the castle, of course.

The first afternoon and evening were spent settling in at the cottage. My parents had come along to share the cottage on this occasion (our third or fourth visit). The cottage has three bedrooms, and a new, comfortable sofa, arm chairs, and new dining table and chairs. The beds are comfortable and the quiet village location is nice, yet very close to York. The shower is good, and there is now a huge flat screen tv for evening entertainment. There is a large, fenced garden, so Brock was able to stretch his legs whenever he wanted, not to mention the pleasant walks around Askham Bryan. So, in short, the cottage has all that we need for our accommodation.

On the second day, we took my parents to Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum in Pocklington, where there was an opera singer performing outside in the gardens, as an added bonus. Rob and I walked Brock by the Pocklington Canal. There is a Society working to clear the canal, and it would be lovely to see boats along the length of it again. At the moment, the section we walked, was quite choked with reeds and other plants, but the other end is navigable.

 One of the numerous locks - this one very overgrown.

 Brock enjoying the walk - lots of other dogs to meet and greet along the way.

 Enormous bracket fungus - as large as a serving platter.

Near the start/end of the walk for us, at Canal Head.

A glider passed overhead as we were walking.

Pocklington was rather a nightmare to park in - extremely busy. Of the three cafes we tried to get lunch in - the best one was full on the two attempts we made to enter, and two others that we saw were not tempting due to lack of customer service and/or lack of table clearing. In the end we bought some soup for lunch and 'ploughman's lunch' ingredients for dinner and had a relaxing afternoon at the house instead.
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