Arras – fine dining, full of flavour in York
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by timbarber
1w ago
, A friend of mine who lives in York had raved on about Arras for a number of years, so with a tour finishing in York last Friday and my wife having a meeting in the city, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to sample what Arras had to offer at first hand.   After a bit of pre-dinner research, I found out that the restaurant was originally set up in Sydney Australia by Lovaine and Adam Humphreys, a husband and wife team who have been working together since 2001. They moved back to England to start a family and so Arras was reborn in York. Their vision is to create a dining experience ..read more
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Voyage – commemorating Hull’s trade & seafaring heritage with Iceland
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by timbarber
3w ago
After arriving in Hull on a Friday evening, as one of the organisers of this year’s Yorkshire Heritage Summit being held the next day, I decided to take a stroll around the city. It was already dark and Hull’s night time economy was in full swing when I arrived at the Victoria Pier.   I immediately saw, the impressive aquarium called The Deep, situated at the confluence of The River Hull and the Humber Estuary. The aquarium was lit up and as I walked closer I was intrigued by a statue standing in front of The Deep.   The statue was a tall 6ft figure sitting upon a plinth, staring ..read more
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Yockenthwaite Farm Granola - diversification in the Dales (at Helen's Farm!)
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by timbarber
1M ago
I’m sure many people have watched the new series of All Creatures Great and Small and seen the beautiful farmstead at the foot of the fells with the famous red post box which plays Helen’s Farm (officially Heston Grange). It is a location that well before the TV series I used to stop and photograph with the juxtaposition of the bright red box standing out vividly against the green of the fellsides and greys of the limestone buildings and dry stone walls.   The location is actually Yockenthwaite Farm, just past Hubberholme in Langstrothdale. I now often stop briefly with guests whilst ..read more
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Aysgarth’s Edwardian Rock Garden – a hidden gem in the Dales
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by timbarber
1M ago
Not a stop I make on every tour in Wensleydale I do, but last week I had a couple who loved gardens so I thought I would treat them to a stop at Aysgarth’s Rock Garden as an extra stop on our Dales Highlights Tour.   It’s easy to miss the Rock Garden on the A684 road between Swinithwaite and Hawes, just past the turning to Aysgarth Falls. There are just some metal railings and a small gate with a few limestone rocks, but don’t be put off it is definitely worth entering and exploring further.   With its weird limestone blocks and alpine plants, you feel like you are stepping ba ..read more
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The Lilla Cross – the oldest Christian memorial in the North
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by timbarber
2M ago
High above Fylingdales Moor at a place called Lilla Howe is one of the most important crosses on the North York Moors if not the whole of England, with a history that dates back to 626.   I had passed the cross years ago on a walk before I became a tour guide and not paid a massive amount of attention to it, but after understanding a bit more about its importance, I set out with my wife to hike to the cross to investigate further.   We parked at the Forestry Commission car park at Old May Beck, before walking through the Foss Plantation and around York Cross Rigg and Widow Howe Mo ..read more
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Ditto in Whitby – excellent food and a pleasant change from fish and chips
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by timbarber
2M ago
Whilst in Whitby for a few days, we decided on our last night to have a change from pub grub or fish and chips. After googling restaurants in Whitby, I came across an interesting little restaurant called Ditto on Skinner Street, 5 minutes walk from the Whale Bone Arch.   We booked for 6pm and were told that they would need our table back for 8pm. This wasn’t a problem as we just wanted an early tea so we arrived at 6pm on the button to be welcomed as the first there and had the choice of tables. This wasn’t too hard a choice as there appeared to be only about 18 covers.   Having c ..read more
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Wakefield’s Chantry Chapel - one of only 5 surviving bridge chantries in England
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by timbarber
2M ago
With my tour guiding business, I often have cause to take visitors to the Hepworth Sculpture Gallery in Wakefield.   From the outside car park and from the windows inside, you get a good view of a small gothic building sitting on the bridge across the road over the River Calder. I’d been told this was a chantry chapel many years ago, but thought it would make an interesting blog as it so different from the more modern Hepworth Gallery.   The history behind the building dates back to the mid 1300’s. The Chantry Chapel of St.Mary the Virgin was built by the townspeople of Wakefield w ..read more
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Season 5 of All Creatures Great and Small starts filming straight away in Grassington
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by timbarber
3M ago
Well, there were All Creatures Great and Small fans across the world waiting with baited breath recently as no mention of another series had been made. With season 4 finishing broadcasting on PBS in the United States in February 2024, everyone was expecting as it had been the case after series 2 that an announcement was made pretty early in the New Year about commissioning 2 new seasons – but there was silence. Had the show been axed? Were we ever going to get any more of Nicholas Ralph playing the famous Yorkshire Vet James Heriot? Across fan groups on social media, the rumour mill was turn ..read more
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Goodmanham – a sacred religious site in Pagan times and a turning point in Yorkshire’s spiritual & political history
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by timbarber
4M ago
I first came across Goodmanham during lockdown when my wife and I decided to explore the Yorkshire Wolds a bit more. This less well known area of Yorkshire is home to many walking trails, picturesque villages, England’s most northerly chalk hills and a wealth of heritage from the Neolithic to the present day.   There are high hopes that the area will be awarded National Landscape status this year (formerly AONB or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), which would help raise its profile.   We found a route for a loop walk from Market Weighton to Londesborough, and part way round walk ..read more
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5 Rise Locks - one of the wonders of the waterways on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Bingley
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by timbarber
5M ago
When it was first opened in the 1700’s, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal helped open up the West of England and the great Port of Liverpool to businesses in Yorkshire. When completed in the early 1800’s the canal stretched 127 miles across the Pennines a notoriously hilly area of land. To cope with the landscape, 91 locks we incorporated into the canal to take barges up and down. There is a particular steep gradient that the engineers had to deal with around Bingley on the outskirts of Bradford. To deal with this they incorporated two staircases of locks – Bingley 3 Rise Locks and the longer ..read more
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