Goodbye September, and what an Indian summer it has been, and I have been lucky to escape for several weekends to coast and city, and I also had that delightful little trip to Ireland earlier in the month. I think I have my travel wings back at long last!!
With a wonderfully wide and uninhabited beach, smuggly quiet and secluded, Sandsend, just up the coast from Whitby, is my top place to visit on the North Yorkshire coast and was lucky to find this small but perfectly formed hotel.
It was tucked into a valley, along a narrow lane just off the main road. The Woodlands has just four spacious bedrooms, and a self- catering cottage, plus a super restaurant and bar, the décor being calming and Gustavian. The food is locally sourced and prepared by owner Caroline and I award her a ‘Goose Star’.
The weekend just had to include a jaunt on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – I loved the smell of steam and we soaked up the nostalgia while relaxing in a cosy compartment in a wood panelled carriage. Perfect sunny and warm, blue skied days.
Another Indian summer Sunday exploring Lincoln castle and cathedral. 2015 is Magna Carta year and the new David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault is the crowning glory of Lincoln Castle’s £22m restoration. Lincoln Castle is now the only place in the world where an original 1215 Magna Carta and 1217 Charter of the Forest can be seen side by side, on permanent loan from Lincoln Cathedral. Quite awesome to see them in the vault. A translation has been etched onto a Great Charter wall.
A sculpture collection of colourful Barons were on display lining a broad avenue inside the castle, prior to being auctioned for charity on 1st October.
Lincoln Cathedral, a fine gothic building, was for almost 300 years the tallest building in Europe, is just a short stroll across the Castle square.
Now what is the difference between a Minster and a Cathedral I ask myself?
A minster is a church that was established during Anglo-Saxon times as a missionary teaching church, or a church attached to a monastery. A cathedral is the seat of a bishop (his seat, or throne, is called a cathedra). Beverley Minster, in another pretty Yorkshire town, is not a cathedral. York Minster is a cathedral as well as a minster. Confusing!!
Hello October – bring on autumn and the glorious glow of autumnal colours, and cosy nights, warming casseroles, time with friends and family and more city weekenders planned.