We decided to steal a few days away in the motorhome as the weather was consistently good, and ended up in York. We are pitched on the excellent York Beechwood Grange Caravan Club site just 3 miles out of the City with good public transport access.
The day after our arrival we took the bus as planned, and spent a great sunny day out in York. This is what met us as we disembarked our bus in the centre.
York is full of quirky artefacts from the past, and here is the explanation for this one.
No trip to the City of York would be complete without visiting certain attractions, which of course we have done many times. Here is one of the more famous ones.
The King's Arms on the banks of the Yorkshire Ouse floods quite regularly, and the business is well prepared for that. A high water mark on the masonry and brickwork can be clearly seen.
York is also the location of the greatest historic railway collection in the world, The National Rail Museum, and is free to enter for an unmissable day out.
This one was built just a couple of miles from our home during the hey day of steam rail travel.
I bet you didn't know that!
And this was the start of modern rail travel as we know it now. This replica is held by the museum, and is cut away on the other side to reveal Stephenson's revolutionary technology.
Another essential York attraction - a visit to the Minster.
York is full of interesting pubs, and this is the Punch Bowl on Stonegate, where we had a sandwich and a pint for lunch. Mine was a pint of Sharpe's Doombar, a great Cornish brew from Rock, and named after a notorious sand bar at the approach to Padstow Harbour in the estuary of the River Camel. A place we have visited many times as my brother owns a home there. Cornwall is my own ancestral home.
And they all seem to be in competition with each other as to who can put on the best flower show. This is the Golden Lion just up the road.
We will continue to explore this great area through the weekend, but it will soon be time to be off to sunny Spain for the Autumn now.
We return to York in November when we visit again, this time off a Compass Rail Tour, Class 47 diesel hauled historic train from our home town and back again. Next time the Christmas Markets will be in full flow.