What is the capital of Yorkshire?
‘Y’ at least according to the old playground joke. Obviously a trip to York will dispel any thoughts of York being a joke and I wondered how to report on our great County town. If you Google York you get 808 million hits so that gives you some idea of the vast range of reasons for celebrating York. On that basis I have selected just one or two that took my fancy on last weekends visit.
‘York Minster is one of the great cathedrals of the world. We invite you to enjoy its vast spaces, filled with music and revealing the human imagination at work on glass, stone, and other fabrics.’ And thinking about fabrics you can buy a handmade Archbishop of York Christmas tree decoration, produced using traditional cloth techniques from the Minster shop or the web site by clicking the photograph below.
An ‘Ouse Cruise’ when the river is not flooding may appeal to some but a drop of booze by Lendal Bridge was my eye-opener on a Saturday morning. The Maltings’ great atmosphere (enhanced by the woman who spilt a bottle of vinegar) was provided my a mix of locals, visiting sports enthusiasts and day trippers like us. Formerly Yorkshire pub of the year it deserved the Camra accolades it has received and to top it all is the chip butty.
Then it was on to the Wall for a walk around the city or at least to the next stop. Depending which direction you take from The Maltings it is either 2.5 miles around the wall or 0.1 mile to the next watering hole. There are 4 very old bars in York – Micklegate Bar, Monk Bar, Bootham Bar and Walmgate Bar. After all my drinking it is a good job the railway station is so convenient for the journey back home.