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Trip Report Derbyshire and Yorkshire in september

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We arrived on a rainy Monday morning by P & O ferry in Hull.
After a cup of coffee we were brave and headed for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield. The sun came out, we enjoyed both scenery and art and we had a super morning. The weather turned really sunny and warm so we decided to have lunch on the terrace of the restaurant. http://www.ysp.co.uk/

After a drive through the beautiful Peak District we arrived at the River Cottage in Ashford-in-the-Water. http://www.rivercottageashford.co.uk/Home.html

We can highly recommend this lovely B&B. Even though it is right next to a rather busy road, the owners have done everything in their power to make sure that the rooms are surprisingly quiet. The slightest details are taken care of and one feels really pampered at the River Cottage. In the evening we enjoyed a lovely gastro-pub supper at the Ashford Arms: http://www.ashford-arms.co.uk/

After a scrumptious breakfast we set off and visited both Chatsworth and Haddon Hall. We enjoyed both a lunch and supper at the Devonshire Arms in Beely: http://www.devonshirebeeley.co.uk/

York was next on our list for a short visit. There is a very convenient Park and Ride system which saved us from having to find a parking place. After having taken a touristic bus tour through the town we strolled looking for a restaurant to have lunch. It turned out that the Yorkshire Food Festival had started on the same day. There were lots of pop-up restaurants underneath a large marquee. We sampled a bit of everything and happily went on our way. Both the York Minster as well as the Viking Centre had long waiting lines and as we were a bit tired we decided to leave those for another time.

As we had already planned to concentrate on the Moors and the coast this time, we left York a little earlier than planned. The weather had turned sunny and mild and two hours later we found ourselves in the middle of a very lovely and quiet town, sitting in in the sun in front of the Horseshoe Inn in Levisham enjoying a beer. http://www.horseshoelevisham.co.uk/
What a contrast with bustling York!

We admired the stark beauty of the Moors. Rivaulx Abbey was breathtakingly beautiful. We visited Whitby and had a super lunch in the warm late summer sunshine on the terrace of the Cod and Lobster overlooking the bay. Those Yorkshire portions are something else though.

The surprise of the next day however was the wonderful meal we had on board the DFDS Seaways ferry on our way home. Not only was the service on board very friendly, the food in the Blue Riband restaurant was of 5 star quality.

All in all a very nice introduction to two English counties we had not visited before. We hope to come back soon!

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