From the Pyrénées to the Pennines: Chapter 1

Today, three friends from Lavelanet are coming to stay in Ripon (with friends of ours: we can’t cram them into our tiny flat).  They’re members of Découverte Terres Lointaines coming to Discover Yorkshire in Six Days.  Over the next few months, you’ll find out why.

But Yorkshire in 6 days?  That’s quite a challenge isn’t it?  Especially as it would be good to show something of what the Ariège and Yorkshire have in common: dairy and sheep farming, a textile industry long past its glory days, mining and quarrying ditto, a religious past coloured by conflict…. If you were Tour Guide, what would YOU choose?

York: The Romans, the Vikings have all been here: a day won’t be long enough

The Dales?  Swaledale, Wharfedale, Nidderdale….etc.  Which is your favourite?


Hawarth: A chance to see a bit of the wonderfully bleak landscape, and visit the home of the Brontë family.


Bradford: its textile industry brought the workers from Pakistan and India who are now such a significant part of the town’s population

Textile Machinery at Bradford Industrial Museum

Saltaire: a model village built by philanthropist Titus Salt in the 19thcentury as a decent place for workers to live.  Philanthropists like Salt built others in the UK – such as Port Sunlight on the Wirral and New Earswick  inYork.

Salt’s Mill, Saltaire

North York Moors:

Rosedale, North York Moors

we’ll see the views on our way to……………

Whitby: fishing port and holiday resort


Leeds: the city centre – a mix of Victorian civic pride and modern business district.

Many of the Victorian Arcades are now an up-market shopping destination

Harrogate Turkish Baths: time for us to relax and re-charge our batteries.

The Turkish Baths at Harrogate

Fountains Abbey: this Cistercian monastery is, like Saltaire, a World Heritage site.  And a beautiful and peaceful place.

Fountains Abbey

We’ll need to include a pub, fish and chips, preferably eaten on the seafront out of soggy paper.  Curry too.  But why is the totally inauthentic chicken tikka masala apparently now our national dish?

I’m so looking forward to being a tourist in my own birth county.  I hope our friends enjoy it too.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

4 thoughts on “From the Pyrénées to the Pennines: Chapter 1”

  1. I have a favourite place but it is not suitable in this cold wet windy weather but in case it improves its Coldstones Cut, its free and on a clear day there is a 360 view over Nidderdale, its between Pateley and Greenhow, near the caves.
    My other place is Hackfall woods near Kirby Malzard, its free and full of follies and a water spout that works on gravity, I hope you have a great time being a guide, oh free indoors Hepworth Gallery Wakefield, xxx Phil


    1. Coldstones Cut brill! We never made it to Hackfall woods, but I know it – it’s great. And we never got to Wakefield either, or the Sculpture Park. But we did do lots! xxxx


  2. All of the above!! In particular walking in Wensleydale followed by cheese eating and buying in Hawes. Interestingly tho’ I don’t think Wensleydale cheese tastes as good in Aigues-Vives! Perhaps I’ll take it out to a picnic in the mountains next time. In case you wonder why I would take cheese to France, we have English friends from the South who hadn’t ever eaten the real thing.
    Also Harlow Carr.


    1. Well, interestingly, we arranged a cheese tasting last night, and our guests were amazed at the variety and quality available. All they’d had in France was shrink-wrapped cheddar. We never made it to Hawes, sadly – soooooo much to do.


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