A city break this time, to York, staying at the Rowntree Park Caravan Club site. We went to Chester recently, staying in a hotel, so we thought we would give York a go by way of comparison.
A new site for us, and we were lucky to get in. It's fully booked at the weekend for the rest of the year.
The site was closed due to flooding recently, but there were no signs of it when we arrived. We didn't have to get out of the car, instead a warden took our name and told us to come back and pay when we had found a pitch.
We usually go for awning pitches, even thought we haven't got one, but this time we had to settle for a non awning pitch. Luckily there were lots to choose from. Nowhere to put the bird feeder though, which was a bit disappointing.
The main attraction of this site is that it is almost in York city centre, which is where we headed after setting everything up. We had a look around the shops and ended up having dinner in one of the city centre pubs.
Then something a bit different, a ghost tour http://www.ghosthunt.co.uk/ Not at all scary, but quite entertaining, and luckily the rain held off.
A horrible day, weather-wise. It was raining heavily when we woke up and we couldn't venture outside the caravan until midday.
When the rain eased a bit we headed for the city wall and walked along it to York minster. The wall is only open during the day and it is easy to see why. Large parts of it have no railings on one side and there is a bit of a drop!
A building on the city wall
York minster from the city wall
As the rain started to come down again we went inside, first climbing to the top of the tower - 275 steps! A bit tiring going up, easier going down but walking fast down a spiral staircase makes you dizzy, we had sit down for a bit before we joined a tour! The lady who showed us round was a volunteer and certainly knew her stained glass. There is lots to see inside, and the ticket is valid for a year so we can re-use it if we re-visit York later in the year...if we don't lose it!
View from the tower
Got soaked walking back to the caravan, then got soaked again when we walked to Pizza Express, then got soaked again walking back to the caravan.
York is a nice place during the day, but I'm not sure it is for us on a Saturday night. Gangs of cavemen chasing gangs of scantily clad women around the streets, shouting and screaming and generally making a nuisance of themselves. All of the pubs we had liked yesterday were not so nice tonight, so we picked up some bottles of beer from a craft beer shop and headed back to the safety of the caravan. If we come to York again we will stay in on the Saturday!
Blue skies, birds singing...must be time to go home. I know it is still winter, but two trips out of two marred by the weather this year!
York vs Chester? We think Chester is much nicer, but we didn't see York at its best. The weather was much better when we went to Chester. Considering York is known as the chocolate city we didn't buy any chocolate or go on the famous chocolate trail, so a good enough reason to go back!
Next trip booked is not until mid March, but we will try to get away before then if we get a bit of decent weekend weather.