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Enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

The UK has fifteen national parks all with their own unique characteristics. The North Yorkshire Moors have amazing big skies, a beautiful coastline and at the right time of year fantastic swathes of purple heather.

Enjoy the Moors By Road

We had a day trip around the moors using the Hole of Horcum Treasure Trail to guide us to some of the best bits.

As part of the Trail, we stopped at the Falling Foss waterfall where there is also a handy coffee stop! Another led us past Goathland. Goathland is famous for being featured as Aidensfield in the ITV programme 'Heartbeat' and we had fun posing with the characters and props.

Enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park - Falling Foss
Enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park - Heartbeat

We spent ages at the actual Hole of Horcum chatting to the park rangers about the hole and how it might have come about. I preferred the legends about giants to the more rational explanation of spring-sapping!

The Trail ends at Levisham station which is styled as a 1912 station. Then it was time for a late lunch in a local pub. It was a lovely way to spend a morning exploring without having to do too much walking on a hot day!

Oh and we had plenty of ice-cream opportunities too!

Enjoy by Rail

Having seen the moors by car, we were pleased we'd booked a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. We'd also seen the TV programme in March 2018 about the steam train on Channel 5. Apparently, it was so successful they are making more of them.

The whole experience was great fun. We were greeted at the door of our carriage by a smartly dressed lady and shown to our seats. We were in a small compartment with just two other people. They were celebrating a special birthday, we were just indulging ourselves!

The whistle blew and we were off. We were treated to a sumptuous three course meal and some fantastic scenery. Highly recommended!

Enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park - Train

When we got off at Pickering we enjoyed a wander along the historic 1930s themed platform before rejoining the train to go back to Grosmont. Everyone we met was just so friendly. I can't wait to go back and experience some more of this amazing part of our country.

15th November 2018

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Aberdovey – Things to Do

There are so many things to do if you are staying at the award winning Trefeddian Hotel in Aberdovey.

In the Hotel

You could spend several days in the hotel and not run out of things to do! We were holed up one very wet and rainy Saturday and were spoiled for choice. The swimming pool is always a winner with our family. There is also a huge games area with plenty of toys for little ones, table tennis and pool for the teenagers. Grown ups get snooker! 

We picked up a free fun activity packs for the kids. The lounge cupboards are stuffed full of board games, there are jigsaws on tables to be dipped into or sat in front of for hours. A full sized card table and masses of books.

The views are fantastic and we sat for hours with our books, magazines and a scrumptious Welsh afternoon tea!

Highly recommended. 

Aberdovey - Things to Do In the Hotel
Aberdovey - Things to Do in the Town

Aberdovey - the Town

The sun came out on Sunday and we popped down to town via the beach. It's a short walk from the hotel. You just cross the main road, the railway line, the golf course and the sand dunes. Walking along the flat compacted sand was easy. There is a strange phenomenon there where the wind whips along blowing the sand and the shells act as mini wind breaks. We dawdled along enjoying the sounds and smells of the sea.

Once in town, there are several gift and clothes shops to browse and lots of coffee and lunch places. Needless to say there is also the Lost Bells of Aberdovey Treasure Trail.

The walk back to the hotel along a path by the main road was a quick 20 minutes or so.

Walks in the Area

The hotel has information on 40 or so walks in the area. We chose the Dolgoch Falls one. It starts and finishes at a tea room. Always a bonus. We followed the path along the river and admired the lower falls. And climbed up rough rock and stone steps to the middle falls.

We went on up and up to the upper falls where across a bridge were a selection of picnic tables. Retracing our steps back down, we took the option of the longer but easier path back through the trees. The woods are ancient and magical. You can sense the wildlife all around. It was extraordinary. Back at the cafe we enjoyed a pot of tea and locally made bara brith which we shared with a robin. Which reminded us of this childhood rhyme.

 

My robin comes to garden tea

He's not at all afraid of me

He's very round and red and sweet

But it isn't quite polite to eat

Standing on the table!

Anon

Aberdovey - Things to Do in the Local Area

We vowed to return to the area again soon. If you are looking for a place to go which has something for everyone give the Treffidian Hotel a go!

16th October 2018

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