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The best collection of preserved and working trams in Britain. Crich Tramway Village is a fascinating museum catering for all ages. For those of us who remember trams, there is the thrill of seeing them in action again. For the youngsters there is the excitement of climbing the narrow spiral staircase to the top deck and turning the seats round for the return journey. Trams are definitely different. 
The village is run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteer enthusiasts, who are only...
I’ve always liked Pickering. It is a small busy market town on the A170 which is the main road linking Thirsk and Scarborough. It is still very much a local service centre. Even though there are Lidl and Co-op supermarkets on the edge of town, they have not taken trade away from the Market Place. This is lined with small independently owned shops shops and you are spoilt for choice with a butcher, bakers, deli, fishmonger, greengrocer, chemist, bookshop, hardware, outdoor ware, clothes...
Home of the Brigg raft Brigg is a small market town in Lincolnshire and, like so many others throughout the country, there is nothing really special about it. Its main claim to fame are the remains of a Bronze Age raft now displayed in the Heritage Centre. This was originally discovered in 1888 by workmen digging for clay. The remains were fragile and susceptible to drying out so it was covered over to preserve it. It was eventually lifted in 1974 and kept in storage at the National...
The first water powered spinning mill. The Derwent Valley Mills is a World Heritage Site and was the first place to successfully spin cotton fibres by machine using water power. Richard Arkwright built his first spinning mill here in 1771, along with Cromford village to house his workers. This was one of the first industrialised factory sites in the world, and also one of the largest. It made a fortune for Arkwright, who was reputedly the wealthiest commoner in the country at the time. In...
Stamford is a town of churches and their towers and spires still dominate the town. Only six of the original seventeen medieval churches survive. One of those is now deconsecrated and in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. ST PETER’S CHURCH was possibly the first church in Stamford and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Set on the top of a hill above the river, this was once the focal point of the town with the newly built Norman Castle. By the C14th the church was in a state of...
An unspoilt town regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England. Seen from the A1, Stamford is an attractive stone town dominated by the towers and spires of its Medieval churches and surrounded by fertile Lincolnshire countryside. It rivals the stone towns and villages of the Cotswolds and, like them, its prosperity was based on wool. Stamford has a long history as an important crossing point on the River Welland. It was an important Saxon burgh, and one of the 5 controlling...
An attractive market town with a medieval feel. Regularly voted as one of the best places to live, Beverley is an attractive market town and the county town of East Yorkshire. Popular with locals it tends to be missed by the tourists which is a shame as it is still retains its medieval feel. Despite the presence of large Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and the Flemingate centre, the pedestrianised town centre has avoided the blight experienced by so many high streets. There are few empty shops and...
Small but thriving market town set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Hawes is a small and thriving market town at the head of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. This is the only dale to be named after a village and not a river. The Yoredale series of rocks with alternating bands of sandstones, shales and occasional ironstones and thin coals give the valley sides there characteristic stepped appearance. The limestone rock provides very fertile farmland and the sett in many place names...
A popular C19th Spa and still a fashionable town with some splendid architecture. Although the benefits of 'taking the waters' have been known since Roman times, Leamington was still a small village until the end of the C18th when the properties of the waters began to be exploited commercially with the building of small bath houses around the springs. Numbers of visitor increased and the town began to grow rapidly. By the start of the C19th it was a popular resort for people taking the...
Yorkshire’s answer to the Cotswolds. Helmsley is an extremely attractive market town on the edge of the North York Moors. With its stone buildings, River Rye and Borough Beck, Helmsley is Yorkshire’s answer to the Cotswolds. Life is centred round the Market Place, still with its market cross and big monument to William, Second Lord Faversham 1798-1867, which was ‘erected by tenantry, friends and relatives, who cherish his memory’. Market day is Friday and it is always busy with locals and...
City of Dreaming Spires. Mention Oxford to most people and they will immediately think of the University, the oldest in the English speaking world, dating from around the C12th. Student numbers grew and there was a decree that all students had to live in approved halls. This was the start of the collegiate system still in existence today with University College, Balliol and Merton being the oldest. Now there are nearly 40 colleges scattered around the city, many tucked away on the network...
“Queen of the Yorkshire Coast” Dominated by its castle, set high on limestone cliffs above the sea, Scarborough with its two bays, has been a major tourist centre since the C17th, when the discovery of a mineral stream led to a spa being established here. Scarborough Spa became Britain’s first sea side resort and a popular destination for the wealthy. Visitor numbers increased rapidly in the C19th when the railway arrived, bringing thousands of workers from industrial Yorkshire and the...
Bakewell is an attractive small market town of gritstone buildings set on the River Wye in the Peak District. It is the main service town for the area and is also popular with visitors, especially on Mondays when the weekly market with over one hundred and fifty brightly coloured stalls selling everything under the sun, line Granby and Market Streets. It still has a thriving livestock market on the edge of the town. There is a monthly farmers market as well as the yearly food festival...
Several long distance footpaths run through the Cotswolds. Some of these are part of the National Trails system with trail signs marked with their acorn symbol. Many of the popular walking trails in the Cotswolds will include part of one of these long distance paths. The benefits of walking on one of these paths is that they are well maintained and signed. There are companies that will help you plan these long distance walks, booking your hotels and luggage transfer. (I recommend Cotswold...
The Cotswolds is one of the best areas in England for walking and hiking. The public footpaths are plentiful, well signed and well maintained. They range from short, easy walks to longer, vigorous hikes. Note that in most cases Brits don’t use the term hikes or hiking but instead use walks and walking, or rambling. There are many resources for finding walking routes, but these guidebooks are my favorite and are dependable. The hikes are described in good detail, the maps are good, and they...
Shops, a crooked spire and George Stephenson. Chesterfield is a large market town in north Derbyshire and an important regional centre. It is sufficiently far away from Sheffield and Derby to have a thriving shopping centre and one of the best markets in the area. It is also famous for its church with the crooked spire. It is an attractive place to wander with its mix of architectural styles, including early C20th ‘black and white’ timber frame buildings. The pre war brick and stone...
Short History of Lincoln Lincoln is an important regional centre which is popular with locals but has yet to be discovered by the tourists. It is dominated by the cathedral, set on top of the hill, which is a prominent landmark for miles across the flat Lincolnshire landscape. The name Lincoln probably comes from the pre-Roman iron age settlement of Lindon (Lin means pool and don means the foot of the hill) which was around what is now Brayford Pool. The town first came to prominence in...
The historic centre of York with its walls, narrow paved streets and overhanging houses has hardly changed for hundreds of years. Traffic controls have succeeded in keeping the centre of York virtually traffic free. Pedestrians spill out onto the paved roads adding to the medieval feel. Everywhere is within easy walking distance and streets like Low Petergate, Stonegate and the Shambles are a pleasure to explore with their timber frame and stone buildings. There is plenty to keep the...
Towns and villages of the Cotswolds. In the heart of England is a rural idyll of peaceful rolling hills and historic villages so charming that they're called "chocolate boxes". This is the Cotswolds, an area of limestone hills in the English countryside west of London, between Bath and Stratford-on-Avon. The area has been known as the Cotswolds since at least Shakespeare's time (he mentioned it in Richard II). Its designating name is well-recognized though it is not an official county. Its...
How to find the supermarkets and grocery shops in the Cotswolds. All Cotswold market towns have a small supermarket in the center of town and most have other small food speciality shops (bakery, butcher, fruits and vegetables, deli). There are several large supermarkets throughout the Cotswolds. Many supermarkets offer organic produce and products as well as non-organic. Most offer "prepared foods", full meals that you take home and microwave or heat up in the oven. These are not frozen...

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