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Trip Report Weekend Trip to North Yorkshire

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For those of you who live in a big city like I do, you may often feel the need of getting away for the weekend as your life can get hectic and stressful at times. I would normally try to escape to a sunny location and lay by the beach, but since I live in London, England and it is getting close to winter here, I decided that it would be a great idea to check out one of its national parks and get to see more of this beautiful country instead.

After doing some research on possible areas with unique landscapes, I decided to visit the North York Moors national park located in North Yorkshire. This ended up being a perfect location for a road trip through England's enchanting countryside, coast and moorland areas.

We started our trip driving all the way to Pickering, which is located about 4 hours from London and it is the gateway to the national park. Immediately we felt like we were in the countryside, but a very British and European one as this is an ancient market town where you will find medieval style houses, a chocolatier and a castle. We spent our night at a lovely Bed and Breakfast, owned by this very English and welcoming couple who were happy to provide us with a delicious breakfast and tips.

After a well-deserved comfortable rest, on our next day, we drove across the Moors National Park all the way to Whitby. This was the main highlight of our trip as the landscape was filled with farmland, moors and nature, as well as many sheep that would sit around or run free along the road. For those of you who don’t know what a moor is, it is an open area of hills covered with rough grass.


We were starving by the time we arrived in Whitby, so we decided to get a meal at one of the pubs in front of the ocean. Our first impression of this place was that it was unlike any other seaside town we have been before, as there was an oddness to it and a pirate feel I couldn't explain. Funnily enough, later we found out that this city was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”, as well as where Captain Cook once lived, and you can find his memorial museum there.


After Whitby, we drove down the coast towards Scarborough and we stopped by this fishing village called Robin Hood's Bay. The village got this name because they say that this was the place where a couple of French pirates were surrendered by Robin Hood, who returned the stolen goods to the poor people in the village.

Following the coast, our drive towards Scarsborough was filled with cliffs, dark sand beaches, cottage style houses and a castle.


On our next day we decided to visit York and Harrogate. We were quite impressed with York and this city turned out to be an interesting stop. It was founded by the ancient Romans, and the city walls and its cathedral took us back to medieval times. Our last stop was Harrogate, which is famous for its local mineral springs, where we decided to have a delicious English style brunch by the river in an area called Knaresborough.


The moorland area of Yorkshire is not easily reachable by train and the nearest airport is Leeds, so if you are interested in visiting I would suggest doing a similar tour to the one I did and make it a road trip. If you are traveling through the UK you can use it as one of your destinations on a road trip from London to Scotland for example, as this area is located about a 4 hours drive to Edinburgh.

http://www.anexpatdiary.com/blog/weekend-trip-to-north-Yorkshire

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