I recently purchased a little gem of a book that has definitely inspired me to explore the more quirky attractions on my doorstep. The book is called Northern Delights and is described as ‘A Guide to the Hidden Joys of Northern England’. As a Northerner I was very excited to find it! 🙂
The author ‘Anne Ward’, loves nothing better than to wander about aimlessly with a camera. She made it her mission to discover peculiar places and family holidays meant leaving no stone unturned in her quest to discover the North’s hidden gems.
Here is just a small selection of the attractions mentioned. A couple I have happily already discovered under my own steam, the other’s are awaiting my visit!
Another Place ~ Crosby. One hundred cast iron figures looking out to sea, straddle 3km of Crosby beach near liverpool. Designed by artist Antony Gormley the statues are modelled on his own body. The guide says they are sometimes adorned with sun-hats,motorbike helmets and even santa outfits. And are a handy place to leave your flip-flops! I found a great post about Another Place at kathyathy.com .
Saltburn-By-The-Sea Cliff Lift and Pier. The funicular railway is the oldest operating water balance cliff lift in Britain, according to Northern Delights. Visitors can ascend and descend the cliffs in style here in this little known Victorian resort. The Pier at the bottom is the most Northerly surviving pleasure pier in Britain and the surf at Saltburn rivals that of Cornwall. Visit www.saltburnbysea.com for more info.
The Forbidden Corner ~ Coverham. Here’s my post from a couple of years ago, about this delightful collection of statues,mazes,follies,castles and water features set in woodlands and beautiful gardens in the Yorkshire Dales. 🙂 A magical place indeed.
Pontefract Liquorice Festival ~ Pontefract. Well I had never heard of this colourful event celebrating all things liquorice until I found it in the book. Apparently liquorice was introduced to Pontefract by monks as a medicinal herb and kind of took over the town. Sugar was added and the well loved confectionary was invented. The festival is held every July www.yorkshire.com
Midland Hotel ~ Morecambe. The beautiful art deco building in the Lancashire resort of Morecambe graces the promenade and enjoys vistas over the bay. Restored in the last few years to its former glory, it is once again an elegant place to stay and hosts eclectic events such as Vintage By The Sea .
Carnforth Station ~ Carnforth. Maybe the most romantic train station, you will ever visit. This unassuming Lancashire platform was the setting for the classic 1945 film ‘Brief Encounter’. The story follows a budding romance between a couple who meet at the station, but it is a romance that can never be. Have railway goodbyes ever been so bittersweet. A 1940s style tea room welcomes visitors, for their own brief encounters apparently.www.carnforthstation.co.uk
Marsden Grotto ~ South Shields. Britain’s only pub in a Sea Cave is here apparently. According to my little guide book, visitors can walk down the 137 zigzag steps ( or take the lift) and enjoy a drink in the shady nook. It’s history tells of smugglers hiding their contraband in the cave and the grotto is said to be haunted by those rum suping spirits. Spooky!
I hope you enjoyed this small selection of Northern Delights. You can find the book yourself at www.pocketmountains.com
Any interesting or quirky places in your neck of the woods?