So much for me confiding to people that I thought we were collectively out of the woods
and that Spring was just around the corner.
Clearly I spoke too soon and paid for such a misdemeanour yesterday
(13th February 2005) when I ventured up onto the North Yorkshire Moors
with my family for a spot of walking.
Anybody who is not familiar with the North Yorkshire Moors National Park should try
their best to visit sometime, for it is a beautiful area of open moor land
punctuated by some truly charming villages and hamlets.
A trip to the mighty Hole of Horcum is a must, which is literally a huge
hole in the landscape that was left behind after the last Ice Age
when glaciers shaped the land to overwhelming extents.
The nearby Newtondale, which is literally a little hop over the hill from
the Hole, is a dale that is also an ice-age relic, through which the
infamous North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway proudly passes, with the
trains huffing and puffing in all their glory.
There is no grander sight than witnessing the approach of one of these trains in
Newtondale, or anywhere else along the 18-mile-long track for that matter: a
track that sets out from Pickering and heads in a North/ North-Westerly direction
bound for the tiny but thoroughly charming village of Grosmont, which is some
six miles south of Whitby... another major attraction on the East Coast.
On a sunny summer's day, the act of tramping across the moors can be bliss.
But during winter, as I discovered yesterday, the experience can be
Yep... once the sleet began to slide and the wind began to whip, there was nowhere
to hide, with no chance of running against the galloping gale.
Trudging around the rim of the Hole of Horcum became a nightmare.
The weather was so harsh that I couldn't summon the courage to look up into it,
so stared at my feet for some three miles, glancing up intermittently to ensure
that I wasn't veering off the prominent track that skirts the Hole into
the murky abyss itself.
Every time I did glance up I half-expected to see the South Pole rearing
its subtle head in the distance.
I don't think I had ever before walked through such wet and cold conditions.
The funny thing is that when I got back to my car, the one thing that I wanted
to do more than anything else right then was physically beyond me.
I wanted nothing more than to get in my car and crank the heating system to
the max, but my hands were so called that I was incapable of fishing out my keys.
How painful irony can be.
Still, I somehow lived to tell the tale, and will no doubt be found back on
such Moors the same time next week.
They really are that exhilarating, regardless of the weather.
Anyway, I always remind myself in such extreme situations that what doesn't
kill us does in fact make us stronger.
It just doesn't feel that way at the time!
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Dinostar, which opened on Easter Sunday of this year, should hopefully
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Before we start on our journey, let me give you a bit of background on Avebury.
It is a beautiful stone circle, so big that you can in fact fit a village inside it, as you can see from this overhead map!
As well as being a tourist spot, it is both a home and a gathering
Places to Visit - Burton Constable Hall.
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Places to Visit - A day by the beach - Bridlington Harbour.
This Sunday I was spoilt for choice - either to visit a Buddhist centre in "Kilham"
or attend a strawberries and cream party. Opted to go and find Zen so duly arrived
with my offspring (Katie and Oliver) at my friend's house (Cilla) punctually (for
a change) at 11.30.
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The East Yorkshire city of Kingston Upon Hull has it's fair share of bad press. That's OK, the people who live here know why so many come and stay!
Visit the City and sample the eclectic mix of entertainment on offer, from the
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Pickering Park rocks for the youth of Hull.
Sunday afternoon, 6th July 2003 saw the first FREE open air Rock Concerts for the youth of Hull, from noon until 7pm.
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Founded in the eighth century by John, Bishop of York - later St. John of Beverley - Beverley Minster has been
described as 'the finest gothic church in Europe'.
The present church, built in the 13th and 14th century, is a perfect blending of three
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They have been plying their trade for about five years now, and in the past
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They recently came to Hull, specifically to Fairview Studios in Willerby, to
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Jim Eldon is a musician living in East Hull who, I'm told, doesn't normally do interviews .... so a
rare request it was that was received by thisisUll.com, from Andy his agent, for someone to do the deed.
This email was passed on to me, as Jim is a singer
People - Caz Meets The Walnut Dash By Caroline Murphy
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Ever since I saw his epic TV travels in the form of Around The World in 80 Days and Pole To Pole
I have been totally captivated by everything he does and says.
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talented author who has
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Through his show Raw Talent - broadcast on local radio - he has, for the past three years, been doing just that.
By using his extensive