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Sunday Sevens 6th November.

Sunday Sevens time again which means I’m sharing seven photos from my personal week.:) Last Sunday I found myself in the lovely Yorkshire Dales, staring at a table full of yummy looking cakes! No surprise there then.:) Wil and I had stopped for lunch at a cute little tea room in the town of Leyburn called kTea’s which has a bit of an Alice In Wonderland theme going on. 

As you know I love finding quirky little cafes and this one is no exception. I had a savoury cheese scone with Wensleydale Cheese and chutney followed by a generous slice of Victoria Sponge. I was then ready for further adventures at the nearby Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner in nearby Middleham is a country park with a difference. Everywhere you look there are amazing statues, kooky wood carvings, fiesty fountains, mazes to get lost in, secret tunnels and talking trees. We met up with my sister and her family for an afternoon of magical exploration. Having been once before 3 years ago and throughly enjoyed the experience, it was a pleasure to return …… and find even more to love.:)

 

Monday night was Halloween and a friend had bought me a ticket for the local Clitheroe Ghost Walk. The walk started in the Swan Courtyard and took in most of the Castle grounds, which looked especially spooky that evening…..

This tour was a family friendly one so my two god daughters were dressed for the occasion and here they are with Simon Entwistle who was our Top Hatted Guide in Victorian dress. Clitheroe has certainly had a lot of hauntings in its time, including runaway coaches, drowned scullery maids, spectres in paintings and the devil even props up the bar in the New Inn. 😉 We managed a quick half of cider in our fave Clitheroe local straight after!

  

Speeking of cider last night I made some mulled cider for a small Bonfire gathering in our back yard. Where I live, we do get the best views of Clitheroe castle’s Firework display from our tiny outside space. I totally forgot to take any photographs though.:( Anyway the mulled cider went down really well….. and is easy peasy to make. Simply pour a few bottles of  apple cider in a slow cooker, add an orange stabbed with whole cloves and a couple of chopped apples. Let it simmer on low for a couple of hours and serve in mugs with a cinnamon stick. Perfect served with sparklers and parkin cake on the 5th of November….. or indeed any chilly Winters eve..:)

Sunday Sevens was devised by Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.

How was your week? 

A Pocket Mountain Book of Northern Delights.

 

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Another Place, Crosby Beach ( image via pinterest).

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 .

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Saltburn Cliff Lift ( image via pinterest).

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.

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Friendly tree at the Forbidden Corner  ( image my own).

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.

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Pontefract Liquorice Festival ( Image via Pinterest).

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

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Seahorses at the iconic Midland Hotel . ( Image my own).

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 .

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Carnforth Station ( Image via Pinterest).

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

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Marsden Grotto  ( Image via Pinterest).

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?