Explore Yorkshire

Alumnus Charles Patmore on his new book, ‘Choice Visits in Yorkshire and York’

York isn’t only a beautiful city, it’s also the hub for a huge number of fascinating day trips to nearby places in Yorkshire. From the best of my many day-trips from York over the years, I’ve compiled a large Kindle e-book, Choice Visits in Yorkshire and York.

For newcomers to the city and the surrounding region its usefulness is obvious. For current residents, it shows fresh things to do that you may never have been aware of.

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For instance, did you take the trip in the tiny boat from Flamborough Head to the Smuggler’s Cave? Have you been lowered down the great chasm of Gaping Gill cave in an iron chair? Have you seen the zany miniature naval battles at Scarborough? Did you meet the friendly carp of Burnby Hall, so tame that they will climb on to your hand? Have you walked wonderful sea cliff from Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby? Have you visited the Forbidden Corner near Leyburn, all mazes and puzzles, underground mysteries and squirting statues?

One surprise when researching such day trips from York was that almost everything could be done by public transport. I had never expected that without a car I would be able to climb Pen-y-Ghent, visit Appleby Horse Fair, or walk from Gordale Scar to Malham Cove. Sometimes it needed careful planning – as with Malham or Flamborough Head – but I reached all these places by bus or train.

For each destination, my book describes feasibility, routes and travel time by public transport from York – linking to the superb Traveline website. For car drivers, every destination has a postcode for GPS navigation.

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The carp of Burnby Hall (Credit: Charles Patmore)

One of my aims was to cover a complete cross-section of interesting things in Yorkshire: scenic walks, stately homes and gardens, seaside activities, caves and natural wonders, museums, festivals, and so on. There are many books on walks in Yorkshire countryside and a smaller number on man-made things like Yorkshire stately homes and quaint towns.

But few books cover the lot. Through Kindle technology this guide book stays up-to-date regarding items like festival dates, prices and opening times. Instructions are included for how to download a free updated version from Amazon when the book is updated each year. There are many years’ worth of York day trips in the book, so it’s handy that you can keep it up to date.

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The Smuggler’s Cave off  Flamborough Head (Image:  Charles Patmore)

Another feature is the book’s ‘Quick Search’ index system. This lists for you instantly which places are open in winter, for instance, or which are free admission or which offer especially quick journeys from York. There are more than 30 of these ‘Quick Search’ index lists in total and you can view the lot within the book’s large on-line free sample.

So, if you’re leaving York and wanting to keep in touch, this book shows how York can be your base for interesting Yorkshire holidays over many years to come. For newcomers, the book’s large, thorough section on the city itself will be an additional help.

Choice Visits may be even more helpful still for an overseas students new to Britain, since the book describes Yorkshire sights in the context of British history and culture.

Whatever readers’ interests, I hope they enjoy Yorkshire and York as much as I did when I made these visits myself.