North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds Including York & the Coast (Slow Travel)

by Mike Bagshaw

North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds Including York & the Coast (Slow Travel)

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This new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt's North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds, part of the distinctive 'Slow travel' series of guides to UK regions, remains the only full-blown standalone guide available to this region of contrasts, from the magnificent cliffs and beaches of the Heritage Coast and rolling hills of the North York Moors to the tranquil chalk uplands of the Wolds. Nestled at the heart of it all is the ancient historic city of York, with its stunning Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. As well as featuring all the main sights, Bradt's North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds includes places and aspects of the region not detailed by other guidebooks and, while making a virtue of being selective, covers the whole region in considerable detail. [Not sure this makes sense] It also includes personal anecdotes and the views of local people as well as tapping into the Yorkshire-based author's considerable knowledge of the region, especially his experiences as an outdoor enthusiast, naturalist and beer connoisseur.
With Bradt's North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds, discover what makes this area tick. The annual Tour de Yorkshire has helped to establish the region as a biking Mecca, while the Yorkshire Nature Triangle [while working on the guide, Mike said nature triangle was purely a marketing term and not widely recognised] in the east is renowned for its birds and wildlife, from adders to barn owls, otters to dolphins. Included in the guide is information on the 10 long-distance paths which cross the area, plus tips on the sandy beaches and rocky coves that make this an ideal family destination. Local food and drink, from seafood to meats, cheeses and breweries, is covered, as are details of whale-watching tours. [Could the whale-watching move to the previous sentence? Not really connected to food & drink]
Also included are details of festivals, steam train journeys as featured in the Harry Potter films, the Georgian opulence of Castle Howard as featured in Brideshead Revisited, sea-bird colonies along the Heritage Coast, the only mainland colony of gannets in England at Bempton Cliffs, and the tallest standing stone in Britain. Written in an entertaining style combining personal narrative with authoritative information, Bradt's North York Moor and Yorkshire Wolds has all the most up-to-date information you could need for a successful visit.

About the author

Mike Bagshaw is a Lancastrian by birth and a zoologist by training. After four years as a student in Sheffield he qualified as a biology teacher and has taught full-time ever since. Initially this took place indoors in school classrooms, but since 1987 he has worked in outdoor education centres, introducing children and adults to the delights of water-sports, mountaineering, forest education and how to understand and appreciate the natural world.
In his spare time he has travelled the wild places of the world as a naturalist and explorer, often in a canoe or kayak, and written about his experiences for outdoor magazines. He contributes monthly nature columns to local newspapers and has had a book of poetry published.

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'Eye-opening and wonderful' The Sunday Times Magazine

'With a rich level of local detail, these guides get under the skin of Britain's most relaxing spots.' Wanderlust Magazine
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Going Slow in North York Moors & Wolds
The North York Moors National Park, Savouring the tastes of North Yorkshire, How this book is arranged, Car-free travel

1 The Cleveland & Hambleton Hills
Self-powered travel, The Cleveland Hills, The Hambleton Hills, The western dales
2 Eskdale & the Cleveland coast
Self-powered travel, Eskdale, The Cleveland coast: Sandsend to Skinningrove
3 Eastern moors, forests & beaches
Self-powered travel, The southern moors & forests, Dalby Forest & Levisham Moor, Robin Hood's Bay to Scarborough, South from Scarborough: Filey Bay
4 Howardian Hills & Ryedale
Self-powered travel, An abbey road - from Coxwold to Oswaldkirk, Lower Ryedale, The 'Street' villages, Castle Howard & around, Malton & the Derwent Valley
5 The Yorkshire Wolds
Self-powered travel, The southern foothills, The high Wolds, East to the coast
6 York
Getting around, Food & drink, Around the Minster, Traders' & debtors' York, Across the Ouse