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Yorkshire Staycation Hotspots

So much for our summer 2012 ‘it was grand weather for ducks’ as my grandfather was wont to say. It is still not too late to enjoy a short break in one of our national parks or resorts, even Harrogate or Sheffield may help with some early Christmas shopping.

bempton scarborough
Birds Enjoying a Staycation at RSPB hotspot Bempton Cliff

To some ‘Staycation’ is a relatively new word combining the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’ but a staycation has been common practice in many Yorkshire households for generations. Dales farmers could no more leave their animals than they could convert to Lancastrianism. Industrial workers from Sheffield and Doncaster or miners from the pit villages would be over the moon with a seaside holiday but far more people just didn’t have the brass. There were no sunshine Hotspots on the ‘Costa Whatnot’ for these Yorkshire folk.

All that is changing and Yorkshire offers some great staycation locations and the odd hotspot for visitors and Tykes alike. For southerners and other visitors to the county here is a quick view or review of some seaside towns where you can expect exceptional hospitality.

Yorkshire Seaside Staycation Hotspots

Whitby from swing bridge
Whitby – ‘Fish, Chips and Goths!’
Bridlington Groynes
Bridlington – ‘Up and Coming Back’

Flamborough Head
– ‘Heading in the Right Direction’
Coast to Coast Walk England - 300 km from the Irish to the North Sea
Robin Hood’s Bay – ‘Walkers Paradise’
Filey Seafront
Filey – ‘Who says we don’t do Illuminations?’
Hornsea Beach
Hornsey – ‘Pottery About’
An english summer at the beach
Withernsea -‘Twighlight Zone’
bempton scarborough
Scarborough – ‘Staycation Hotel’

Photo Credits
Flamborough Head by Stephen & Claire Farnsworth CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Coast to Coast Walk England – 300 km from the Irish to the North Sea by dirk huijssoon CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Filey Seafront by johncooke CC BY 2.0
Hornsea Beach by histman CC BY 2.0
An english summer at the beach by mark lorch CC BY-NC 2.0
Battering by Steve Sawyer CC BY-NC 2.0

Battering is not only what happens to the fish caught to go with your Yorkshire chips but it can be what the weather does to our coastline. Visit Yorkshires hotspot coast before it erodes into the sea.
I wanted to use this photo at Robin Hood’s Bay as it set me in mind to have my own ‘Pubcation’ on the coast in the near future.


Classic Cars in Thirsk


 It is an expensive and time consuming hobby to restore a vehicle but I, like others, stop and stare at old cars on the road and it is great to see them loved and cared for. Keep up the good work in protecting our engineering heritage. Tois vintage Jowett was built in Bradford and is now a museum exhibity.

Our Yorkshire based badminton club’s annual trip in June took in the Daimler and Classic Car show at Ross on Wye ( Wye oh why did we leave Yorkshire I hear you ask). A similar garden was spotted along with some immaculate cars.


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Blue Sky Thinking For Yorkshire

Leeds Office in Space

open air cupola
Sir Leonard Ropner Bedale

LBA 051
Return to Yeadon

sky skipton 004
Skipton Gateway to the Clouds

On relection
No More Wet Summers 2012

sheep in clouds
Wharfedale Fleece

Polarized view
Sky High Harrogate


Barden and Burnsall Bridges


“Barden Bridge by Andrew and Annemarie CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Barden Bridge

  • Approach Barden Towers from Appletreewick on the riverside path and the first thing you see is a graceful stone bridge of three segmental arches. The massive pointed cutwaters provide niches in the parapets.
  • The bridge is humpbacked and quite narrow at around 10 feet.
  • Whilst the first recorded bridge existed in the 14th century it was probably not the first.
  • In 1659 £300 was spent on the bridge but by 1673 it was washed away in a ‘great inundation of water’. A tablet on the approach wall records ‘This bridge was repayred at the charge of the whole west riding 1676’.
  • New parapets were placed in situ in 1856 and again in 1956 after heavy flooding.
  • Walkers can stand in the niches and admire the flowing Wharfe as it gurgles under the bridge towards Bolton Abbey, Ilkley and beyond.

It is said the bridge was crossed by William Craven a local farmers son who went on to be mayor of London.

Barden Bridge

“Barden Bridge by david_pics CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Burnsall Bridge


Burnsall Bridge. Photo Tejvan

  • Burnasll bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in the Yorkshire Dales and I make no apology for the photo below.
  • Returning to William Craven who left the dale, was apprenticed to a London mercer and became mayor of London in 1611. From his newly created wealth he endowed Burnsall Grammar School, restored the church and bore the cost of rebuilding the bridge.
  • “a good bridge and all paved” was a description of Burnsall bridge in 1752 which again needed rebuilding in 1884 following severe flood damage.
  • There are three segmental arches with small side arches and triangular section cutwaters which create pedestrian retreats.
  • This bridge carries now significantly more traffic than Barden bridge.
18 Burnsall Bridge

18 Burnsall Bridge by voithite CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Burnsall Bridge Autumn


Burnsall Bridge Sumer






Tyke the Dog not a Real Tyke

Who would call a dog Tyke? Well an expat Yorkshire man living in one of the colonies may be tempted. Anyway this Canadian photo was the first to be found on a web search for Tyke.
In Arnold Kellett’s book ‘The Yorkshire Dictionary’ he claims a tyke is another word for a dog or cur especially a small mongrel terrier used for catching rats. A possible derivation of the nickname comes from the ‘sight of a Yorkshireman owning such a dog, the nickname was commonly applied to anyone born and bred here.’
A youngster is often referred to a ‘little tyke’ in a term of tolerant affection.

London Irish v Leeds Tykes, 15-Apr-2006
Leeds Carnegie RUFC has a long heritage stretching as far back to 1878 and the formation of Headingley FC. They merged with Roundhay RUFC to form Leeds RUFC and then from 1998 to 2007 they were called Leeds Tykes.
Why they need to be named after Leeds Met’s Carnegie School of Sport – still our money counts – maybe?

Michael Jackson - Thriller

No Michael Jackson was not a real closet tyke. This is a graffiti art work by American artists Tyke Witnes & Ewok

Other Real Tykes

‘Tykes’ is a quarterly magazine about folk music, song and dance. It covers Yorkshire and surrounds, and is read by people as far afield as the US and Australia; even by one or two in Lancashire!
Not only that but Barnsley FC are called the Tykes and their fans are ‘Tyke Mad’
A shame angling is not a paralympic sport or Yorkshire could expect loads more gold medals from members of ‘Yorkshire Tykes Disabled Angling Association DAA’

Photo Credits
“20120725_112104-2.jpg by Roger Hiscocks CC BY-NC 2.0
London Irish v Leeds Tykes, 15-Apr-2006 by Richard Carter CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Michael Jackson – Thriller by anarchosyn CC BY-SA 2.0


Gold For Yorkshire Rainbows

If the Olympics gave medals for weather Yorkshire would win a series of Golds.
Rainbows would be a gold medal prospect for the rural dales, urban homes and seaside locations.

Rainbow - The Keep - Scarborough Castle

“The way I see it, If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain”
Dolly Parton.
If we were giving out honorary Yorkshire citizenships then Dolly would be one of the first. (I can say that because it is unlikely that we ever will).

Yorkshire Rainbow

Crock of Gold where are you? Under the sea as you can see.

Yorkshire Dales Rainbow
Even on a cloudless Dales morning the rainbows were still out in force.

S3K: Up above the streets and houses...

Not everything is what it seems or so it seems.
Funny how rain makes flowers grow and buses disappear.
One good thing about rain, you do not need to shovel it.

Yorkshire Rainbows

Photo Credits
Rainbow – The Keep – Scarborough Castle by Tina_S_White CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Yorkshire Rainbow by St Stev CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Yorkshire Dales Rainbow by Ambersky235 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
S3K: Up above the streets and houses… by RedDogFever CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ‘For those of us of a certain age, Zippy, Bungle, George and Geoffrey are the words that spring to mind when you say ‘rainbow’.
This is a panorama shot taken with the S3000 in ‘Panorama Assist’ scene mode, and then stitched together using Arcsoft Panorama Maker 5, which was bundled with the camera.
Wish I’d got the second rainbow fully in, though… Cherry Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire, August 2010′
utley rainbows by jonsatticuk CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

utley rainbows

Two for the price of one – that is Yorkshire value! Not only that but we didn’t need twice as much rain to get the Gold for Rainbows but it helps.


The Leeds Bourse and Reflections


A European financial institution, a Bourse is generally a stock exchange. In Leeds we are a bit different naming this office block The Bourse.

A shame that the European finances are not able to be duplicated as easily as the images in the window of our Bourse. Perhaps it is a sign that the Euro is so fragmented and likely to break into shards!


Leeds Plaza is named after a Spanish word meaning a “field” which describes an open urban public space, such as a city square. With our obsession with shopping every Mall must now incorporate a Plaza.

Polarized view

Harrogate Conference Center can polarise opinions but the building reflects the mood of the times. Should be bright skies but a cloud or too from over the horizon.


This reflection is not in Yorkshire but was a cloudy day at Victoria Coach station in London. The sky cleared enough to capture a picture that fits this theme.


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