Adventures in Yorkshire

We were both born in Yorkshire and lived in York for 20 years, so we know and love the area  - both for the outdoors and for the vibrant music scene in York.

Although we moved away in 2021, we still have family and friends in Yorkshire and notebooks full of favourite places to go. We will be sharing some of our favourite Yorkshire adventures on this page.

picture of a cuckoo

A Cuckoo’s Tale: In June I Change My Tune

By Sam | June 17, 2023

Last week I read that the male cuckoos that are part of the cuckoo tracking project were already leaving the UK and returning to Africa to overwinter, their job done in terms of ensuring the next generation. These first ones to fly south had spent the spring in Ireland, fairly…

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swimming in Swaledale - Wain Wath waterfall

Walking and Swimming in Swaledale

By Sam | August 31, 2021

Wildflowers and Swim Spots Galore When we go on a holiday we enjoy going somewhere and being able to explore from our base. Upper Swaledale is perhaps one of the best places in the country to do this – stunning walks, either in the valley bottom or across heather-clad tops.…

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tansy beetle

Beningbrough Hall Walk

By Sam | August 5, 2021

In Search of the Jewel of York A favourite walk in the York area is around the perimeter of Beningbrough Hall. This is a lovely route for either a summer evening stroll or a winter trail run, not too long (approx 5km) and finishing at a lovely pub. We most…

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bluebell wood

Howsham Bluebell Woods and a Favourite Walk

By Sam | May 20, 2021

May is the time for walks in bluebell woods. Around York there are a number of beautiful bluebell woods to enjoy as the weather gets warmer. We made the most of a warm mid-week day by leaving work slightly early and heading to a favourite walk round Howsham Woods. You…

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meadow near Bishop Wilton

Bishop Wilton Re-visited

By Sam | July 28, 2020

This is a lovely 5km walk from the pretty village of Bishop Wilton, 15 miles to the East of York. As the start is from the village pub, this is a perfect way to walk off the calories after a pub lunch or to build up a thirst on a…

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Curlew Call Lifts Spirits

By Sam | April 20, 2020

On World Curlew Day (21st April) I thought it appropriate to write about my encounters with this beautiful bird. This year I fear I will not hear it’s evocative call, the call of the wild moorland. one of my harbingers of spring. This 2020 spring has me stuck in suburbia,…

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A Mausoleum and Many Monuments

By Sam | February 28, 2020

Yesterday we returned to Castle Howard parkrun for the second time. This is one of the toughest courses I know, with the last kilometre or so uphill. Yesterday it was also into a biting wind. The course designers have done a really good job in showing off all that Castle…

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