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a window in the cathedral

It is a bit wet today and we stick mainly to motorways to get us up near York.  Hit many big traffic jams on these motorways so there is miles of just sitting and crawling along.  Near the River Ouse we pick a camp site that has the yellow diamond warning signs for kangaroos nailed to a tree!.  The rain has gone and we set up tent watched by a couple in a van on the terrace above us.  As soon as we are done they bring down a can of beer each for us and we chat about the area for an half an hour or so. A lock is nearby and there is plenty on at this time of the year.

Next day we go into York and take a guided tour (£5) of the cathedral. It is trully a great cathedral and it is said that between Canterbury and York, Canterbury is the 1st of equals.

the Merchant Adventurer's Hall, York
  However, Canterbury attracted more pilgrims so was the wealthiest of the two.  Wander through the Shambles area where the timber and plaster houses upper storeys hang over the narrow cobbled streets.  The 1397 Merchant Adventurer's Hall is well worth a small feee to visit. We leave the city of York and head out into the Yorkshire Dales and James Herriott country, All Creatures Great and Small.  Through Grinton, Reeth and along the river Swale.  Down through Bedale, Pickering and Thirsk where there is a Pizza shop called 'All Pizzas Great and Small'!

At Allerston we camp in a place that has a curious sign -- 'Caution, Sleeping Policemen' .  I drive very quietly to our pitch wondering what they might all be doing out here -- a training camp perhaps?  Are they very cross if woken?  Finally dawns on me that in Australia they would be called 'Silent Cops' and they are simply speed bumps!  A family from Durham pitches a massive tent near us and we listen to their Jez Lowe accents with delight.

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a window in the cathedral
a window in the cathedral
the Merchant Adventurers Hall, Yo…
the Merchant Adventurer's Hall, Y…
the MAH
the MAH
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inside view
the Shambles looking towards the c…
the Shambles looking towards the …
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