Farndale Daffodil Walk

One of the best outings in the spring is the Farndale daffodil walk on the North Yorks Moors, which runs along side the River Dove  for about 1½ miles, starting in the village of Low Mill and ending at Church Houses. Farndale is internationally famed for its show of wild daffodils which normally bloom around the end of March each year, a little after the best of the domesticated garden daffodils. It is believed the bulbs were first brought to Farndale by medieval monks from Rievaulx and these wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus) are also known by the old english name “Lenten Lily”,derived from the fact they normally bloom around Easter. You can  get information on how the daffs are doing on the Farndale website.

Now, I would not normally encourage you to abandon your MX5 in favour of public transport but in this case it really is a good idea. Every year more than 40,000 visitors come to admire the flowers and there is a real risk to the environment if everyone tries to drive all the way. So be green and have a great day out, it really is worth it!

Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Terrace is two miles west of my favourite village of Helmsley, overlooking the dramatic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.  The terrace is about half a mile long and winds its way across the side of a steep wooded  hillside with lovely views. At either end of the terrace stand two small “temples” of outstanding beauty, built around 1730.

At the south-east end is the domed Doric Temple which has a pavement floor that came from the choir of Rievaulx Abbey. The Ionic Temple stands at the other end, it is decorated with elaborate ceiling paintings and furnished in the period style. It was intended as a banqueting house and the central table is still set as if for a meal.The basement housed the kitchen and servants’ living quarters but nowadays it holds an exhibition on English landscape design in the 18th century.

The stroll along the terrace on a sunny day is quite delightful and it is a perfect place for a picnic. Of course you can also visit the abbey, just a short distance away, or take the gentle drive across the moors to the peaceful village of Hawnby for a pint or a meal in the award winning Hawnby Hotel.

Flamingo Land

The Kumali Roller Coaster

Situated  about five miles south of Pickering, just off the A169, Flamingo Land has a theme park, zoo and holiday village within its 375 acre site. Flamingos were one of the first inhabitants of the zoo and became the site’s mascots, hence the name Flamingo Land. Today the zoo has more than 1000 animals, including lions, tigers and meerkats as well as exotic birds, fish and reptiles. The staff makes every effort to recreate as natural an environment as possible for all the 120 species in their care.

The theme park has over 100 rides ranging from white knuckle thrillers to gentle children’s rides. Among the extreme roller coasters you will find the Circulator, the Navigator, Cliff Hanger, Mumbo Jumbo and Kumali, a suspended coaster that twists and loops over a 1000m track. For children there is the Dragon Coaster, Muddy Duck tractor ride the Splash Battle interactive water park and  the Splish Splash water ride. You will get wet!

Families can enjoy a variety of shows throughout the day,including a sea lion show, bird show and African acrobats. To keep your energy up, there are numerous food outlets to suit all tastes. Why not let your hair down and have a really fun day out! Click on the logo for full details:

Heart of the Moors

You can enjoy one of the most magnificent views in the country as you turn off the A171 main road and begin the descent to the bustling village of Danby in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Home to the Moors Centre, where you can discover everything about the area, Danby is the perfect place for walkers to start their exploration of this beautiful and dramatic landscape. You can get a flavour of the many routes on the superb NYM Cam website, which is the best guide you will find.

Danby Moors Centre

If you prefer to drive east along the Esk valley and take in the lovely countryside then there are lots of pretty hamlets where you can stop for lunch or a Yorkshire cream tea. Get away from the masses, put the roof down and pootle through this quintessentially English landscape; you will always remember your visit with a smile.

The Historic Quayside

Hartlepool may not be the first place that comes to your mind for a day out, but if that is so then you are quite mistaken. The town is home to the finest maritime museum in the north, and don’t be misled by the title, this is a fully interactive centre which is alongside the beautifully restored frigate, HMS Trincomalee, built in 1817.

The quay next to the ship has all the shops of the period faithfully recreated for you to browse and the superb visitor centre has an incredibly realistic diorama which shows you what life was like aboard a fighting ship in Nelson’s time.

Next to the historic quay is the Hartlepool museum which again is very modern and really fun for all ages. There is also a good restaurant next to the ship so you can make a day of it.We have taken many visitors and everyone has been delighted, so why not give it a try! To find out more just click on the logo:

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