Mother Shiptons cave, the viaduct, river and castle
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Dad (England)
I had previously worked in Knaresborough for 18 months, but i had never really appreciated its beauty before today. Situated on the banks of the river Nidd, star attractions include a Norman era castle, Mother Shipton's cave, a viaduct and the oldest chemist in England. The town was large enough to have been mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and possesses links with several famous events that have occurred in English History.
In 1170 Hugh de Morville and three other knights who were guilty of murdering the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, hid in Knaresborough castle.
First port of call for us was to be Mother Shipton's Cave, with the entrance located next to High bridge. Mother Shipton was born in 1488 and gained fame as a fortune teller.
1) Gold shall be seen in stream and stone,
In land that is yet unknown.
2) A carriage without horse will go,
disaster fill the world with woe.
3) Around the world men's thoughts will fly,
quick as the twinkling of an eye.
4) In water, iron then shall float
as easy as a wooden boat.
5) And men shall fly as birds do now,
and give away the horse and plow.
6) When pictures seem alive with movements free,
7) when boats like fishes swim beneath the sea.
8) For in those wondrous far off days,
the women shall adopt a craze
to dress like men, and trousers wear
and to cut off their locks of hair.
Admission to the grounds was £6, which by English standards is pretty normal. There was a nice walking trail alongside the river Nidd, that ran underneath Knaresborough's famous viaduct and beside the old linen mill and weir.
The nearby museum possesed some impressive petrified artifacts, such as John Waynes hat, Agatha Christies bag and even one of Queen Mary's shoes! There was also a display on another famous Knaresborough resident called Blind Jack, who despite his misfortune became a great road and bridge builder.
Exiting Mother Shipton's, we headed across the river and up to the ruins of Knaresborough Castle. From here we had great views of the viaduct and river Nidd and whilst the sun was still hiding, at least it had stopped raining.
When it comes to food, there isn't a better person to know than my Dad. He is a connoisseur of English grub and to say he enjoys his desserts would be an understatement. Thus he knew the perfect little ice cream shop to take us to, which is called Brymor's. Countless flavours confronted us, so we all chose a different one, so we could sample each others.
Continuing into the town centre, we walked around the old market square, which had a statue of Blind Jack in it, the town hall and also England's oldest Chemist.