Five favourite places to visit locally - 2018
When the Harrogate Adverstiver asked me to come up with Five places locally that I enjoy visiting I came up with the following, you may agree or may not but please have a read:
Having lived in the village for many years it is one of my favorite places. There is a great community atmosphere. The village has a brilliant school, two great pubs, a local store/post office, church and a village hall that has lots going on to suit everyone. I must mention the summer Gala that I help organise. It is an event that can’t be missed and has become a "must go to" event. Even Christmas now has become special with the tree and lovely lights that adorn the village.
I remember when I first came to the area and walking from Malham along the river past Janets Foss up the path and then making the right hand turn and seeing Gordale Scar for the first time. It literally took my breath away. The view was fantastic and it was so impressive I had to stop to take in the vista. You could climb up at that time and go up to Malham Cove but I have to say I didn’t fancy that so walked around and climbed the steps up to Malham limestone pavement!
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.
We joined the National Trust and one of the first places we visited was Fountains Abbey. The walk from the lake Tea shop, after a cup of tea and a piece of cake up to Fountains Abbey is truly lovely. Climbing up the slope through the tunnel to the Follys is great fun. Investigating the ruins is always fun, especially going to the Mill and seeing the machinery in place. There is a great walk over the bridges from the lake to Ripon and taking in Studley Royal deer park on the way back.
Although living in a village, the City of Leeds is always an attraction. The variety of places to go, the many bars and restaurants makes it an exciting place to visit. We have spent many evenings there sampling the cocktails, beers and places to eat. Although I get dragged around the shops, it’s always great to stop for a break! I love the walk along the waterways and using the water taxi to return as you see so many interesting places from a different angle you don’t see whilst walking.
RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate.
We often go to Harlow Carr as we are members of the Royal Horticultural Society and like to take advantage of this terrific garden on our doorstep. We even went this year when the ground was covered in deep snow. The gardens still looked lovely and well done to the staff who cleared the paths for us. The temptation to walk through the virgin snow was strong but we resisted it. A visit to the shop to buy plants or things for the garden is a must and then it’s always good to start of finish at Bettys of course.
Thanks for reading.