North York Moors CAM

Thursday 20th April 2000

( sunny spells & mild )

York and the City Walls


 

The view across the lake to Castle Howard on the way to York

One of the pleasures of visiting the city of York is the picturesque journey over the North York Moors and via
Kirby Moorside and Slingsby - the route takes you past this view of Castle Howard which we will visit on another day

 

York's City Walls can be accessed from various points - the one on the left is near Bootham Bar in the north-west of the city
and easy access is also gained from close to the flower beds near Lendal Bridge

( The walls can be walked free of charge, dawn to dusk, except in bad weather )

For more information visit City of York Walls Tour

 

We were two or three weeks too late to see the daffodils at their best but there was
still remaining evidence of a spectacular display

 

Views of the north-eastern corner of York Minster across colourful gardens
from the walls running parallel alongside Lord Mayors Walk.

 

York Minster

 

Edwin, King of Northumbria, built the first church on this site in 627. From 1220 to 1472 the present cathedral was built to replace the Romanesque one.

 

It is noteable for its size - the largest medieval cathedral north of the Alps - and for its wealth of stained glass, most of which is original to the building.

 

York's narrow streets are littered with entertainers - 'yellow man' sat motionless like a statue
until we put a few pence in his box - then he very slowly moved his hand to this 'thank you gesture'

 

..................... Shambles was, as usual, attracting tourists . . ................. . . as was the Jorvik Viking Centre

 

The river trip boats are already proving quite popular as they cruise up and down the River Ouse.

 

Clifford's Tower - the 13th Century Keep of York Castle with superb views over the city . . .

 

 

. . . and a final look back to York Minster from the City Walls.

 


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