From rolling hills to breath-taking coastlines, uplands & lowlands, the Dales and Moors – England’s largest County AKA Gods Own Country really does have something for everyone. Weeks could be put aside to explore this amazing County, but the Countryside Store on Tour Team had just 3 Days.
The first day started by fueling up in the ancient Market Town of Wetherby which can be traced back to 1086 before heading a few miles north to Walshford, a small hamlet thought to be the halfway point between London and Edinburgh. Here we stopped for a cuppa at the Bridge Inn – a former 17th Century Inn to plan our 3 day tour.
Day 1 took us initially to Thimbleby Shooting Ground, an impressive shooting range catering for novice through to experienced shots. With full simulated game days, gun hire and a friendly atmosphere the whole morning and a lot of the afternoon was spent giving the clays a sporting chance!
By the time we had finished at Thimbleby, the Team were ready for a late lunch at the Carpenters Arms at Felixkirk. A 2019 Pub & Bar Award Winner with excellent food, lovely rooms too but we were on a mission to walk around the White Horse at Kilburn, a famous turf-cut hillside landmark that offers a 2 hour walk with spectacular views. Our evening meal and accommodation was just a stone’s throw away in the charming town of Helmsley. Firstly, the town is worth exploring, with interesting independent shops and an air of ‘a place time forgot’. The Countryside Store Team on Tour were in for a phenomenal treat – The Feversham Arms Hotel and Spa. This isn’t just somewhere you should visit, this is a Yorkshire Experience all should have when visiting the county. Exquisite food with locally sourced ingredients and 33 sophisticated bedrooms – The Feversham Arms Hotel offered the team a perfect relaxing evening after a busy day.
Day Two began with a short drive to the east coast to Filey Brigg, a long narrow peninsula around a mile from Filey town with great views across the bay and over to Flamborough head. As a site of special scientific interest, the Brigg is popular with naturalists, fossil hunters, divers and fishermen. We were visiting to fish, and fish we did…. A 10 pound bag of cod between two people on a blazing June day…. We will take that….
Time for a pint…. And a little hotel on Filey’s seafront was calling – The Downcliffe Hotel has 1 of the best British views the team have ever seen – big blue sky’s and a 180-degree seaside view. On a hot June day, it felt more like the south of France than the Yorkshire’s east coast.
That evening, the team set up camp at Humble Bee Farm at Flixton. An independent Glamping and Camping destination perfect for the whole family. Here the Team were able to bbq the catch from the day and chat about what a truly spectacular country Yorkshire really is.
The start of the last day began with a need to eat a full English! The team headed up to the Goathland Tea Rooms, a lovely little café which served us all a delicious and substantial breakfast…. Being in the area also allowed us to explore the village used as the set of Heartbeat. This is another unmissable area of Yorkshire well worth visiting. From 1 film set to another, next on the road through Yorkshire was Aysgarth Falls, superb triple flight waterfalls that featured in Robin Hood with a fabulous walk.
Not too far from Aysgarth is Hawes, a small market town that dates back to 1307 and located at the head of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire dales. With small independent shops, the Wensleydale Creamery, the famous Hawes rope makers and the Yorkshire Dales Brewery just a few miles away – Hawes could make the perfect base to explore the country further.
Yorkshire is certainly a country the Team on Tour needs to revisit…. Chapter 2 is calling!
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