Bright and early on a Monday morning, sitting on a coach on our way to Yorkshire.  This is the life…

In an attempt to save money, I booked us on National Express coaches instead of the train.  I’d do it again (we’re talking £20 instead of £100) but it was LONG 11 hours!!

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Family visit near Halifax

We spent the first half of the week with family near Halifax.  My aunt and uncle have lived up here for years but it was only my second time visiting and a first for Terry.  The only thing I remember from my visit many years ago was the amazing view right across the road.  This time around the view was right out our bedroom.

 

Yorkshire Moors

Our first morning we took Maud, their gorgeous dog, for a walk on a Norland Moor.  August is the perfect time for the purple heather and we were treated to amazing views on a clear, sunny morning.

Purple heather across rolling hills in the Norland Moor, Yorkshire England.

The purple heather is just coming out on Norland Moor.

 

Piece Hall, Halifax

That afternoon we went into Halifax to the Piece Hall.  This huge building used to be the main marketplace for textiles, the backbone of the area’s past economy.  Not only is it a beautiful structure it now houses stores, bars and restaurants along with a little museum about its history.

Inside the courtyard of the Piece Hall in Halifax with the historic building surrounding it and the spire of the church behind, Yorkshire England.

 

Nostell Priory

The four of us took a day trip to Nostell Priory, just south of Leeds.  This huge house is pretty interesting.  There is a huge amount of Chippendale furniture on display.  Many of the rooms are set up as a kind of living museum.  The stable house is now a cafe and store.

Large stone mansion called Nostell Priory with people relaxing on the grass in front in Yorkshire, UK.

 

The priory also has extensive gardens with lakes.  There are quiet areas, biking trails and tonnes of green space to relax.  It’s a great spot for a day out.

 

 

The Yorkshire Dales National Park

By Thursday we were back on the train and heading to Dent, the highest train station in England.  This super cute town is in the national park and is surrounded by green hills and valleys.  It’s our home for the next nine days along with Tootsie the dog, Humphrey the cat and Pudding the tiny kitten.

Kitten and small dog sitting on the couch beside an open laptop while house sitting in Yorkshire Dales, England.

Two of our new friends, Tootsie and Pudding. Not sure how much work I’ll be able to get done….

 

We’ve gone for a couple of short hikes around the local area and into the nearby town of Sedbergh.  The scenery is amazing and the towns are straight out of a postcard.

Man walking a small dog down a country lane in the Yorkshire Dales, England.

Not bad views while taking Tootsie for a walk…

 

While Humphrey, or Taddycat, does his best to avoid us the other two have quite the personalities and keep us amused.  The alpacas down the road certainly didn’t know what to think of Tootsie as we walked her past their field!

Four llamas in a field looking at the camera in Yorkshire Dales, England.

…although these guys weren’t too sure what to make of such a small animal. They followed us the length of their field!!

 

Hopefully we’ll manage to squeeze in a few hikes before our time is done.

Yellow sign to mark a hiking trail across the Yorkshire Dales attached to a dry stone wall. England.

 

 

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Claire

Welcome! I love to spend time planning travel and finding new adventures in cool destinations! Together with my husband, we've managed to spend 5 years finding adventures around the world without quitting our full-time teaching jobs in Canada. We have a not-so-strict low budget, we're willing to splurge on basic comfort and amazing experiences while cutting costs wherever we can.

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