Sunday, September 24, 2017

Holiday in Yorkshire - September 2017 - Days 3 - 4

Rob and I went to Sutton Bank to walk Brock on Sunday, while Mum and Dad decided to explore the village at Askham Bryan.

The views range over the Vale of Mowbray and the Vale of York. There is a visitor centre, cafe and bike hire available near the car park.

Afterwards we drove to nearby Thirsk, where we had lunch in The Lord Nelson pub, and bought delicious yellow plums from an excellent greengrocers, and some food for dinner. The pub did not have any vegetarian choices on the menu, but the helpful landlady arranged for a plate of 'Sunday Lunch' vegetables with vegetarian gravy for both, and a Yorkshire Pudding for Rob. The bar area is dog-friendly.

On Monday we took my parents to Harrogate, parking in the multi-story car park next to the green - an ideal area to walk Brock. We had a look around the shops, buying postcards and food for dinner from M&S, and had a very good coffee and cake in the independent Starling Coffee Shop. Mum and Dad treated us to lunch in Wagamama's. The restaurant now has a separate gluten free menu, which made ordering much easier for me. We all enjoyed our food, which was brimming with fresh vegetables, spices and flavour - Thai fusion-style - with noodles or rice. Mum and Rob had the fresh juices, which were delicious. It was fairly quiet and we had a window seat, so it was a relaxing atmosphere with a good view of the busy street.

We drove on to Knaresborough next, parking up near the castle. The view is quite breathtaking with the Victorian viaduct, River Nidd and black and white checked building housing Mother Shipton's Cave ("England's oldest visitor attraction" - opened in 1630!).

After a look around the town and an ice cream, it was a leisurely drive back to Askham Bryan to eat our MandS curries with rice, and desserts for dinner! 

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