Lucy French’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 09 Oct 2008

Location: Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK

MapSorry, it has taken me ages to update the page but I've now left the Lakes District and made my way to Harrogate - a beautiful old Victorian town where you would take the waters in days of old. And even in modern times you can take the waters, like I did, by visiting the beautiful turkish bath. I spent one and a half hours, going from the sauna, to plunge pool back to the turkish hot bath and so on until I must have lost at least 10 kg!!! I must admit it is great for leaving in hair conditioner. When you wash it out at the end and dry your hair, it is as soft as anything!!!

Anyway the Turkish Bath is just one of the highlights of Harrogate, the other is that it has become a boutique town, full of the swishest shops, and perhaps the best that money can buy (it's very up market). Of course it is the home of Betty's CAfe a well known institution for afternoon tea. If you can't afford the Ritz, then try an afternoon at Betty's you won't be disappointed.

The rest of my time has been spent walking (I'm still losing weight at the rate of knots). Mainly walking in the Dales - from Burnsall to Grassington and back (about 3 hours plus time for lunch at Lucy's Fold, where the food was as good as my mum used to make - even the apple pie)!!

I've spent a day in York, visiting the marvellous railway museum where you can view royal railway carriages both modern and new, and of course the Flying Scotsman. But the whole place is fascinating and FREE, which is unusual for any tourist attraction. I also went to York Minster, a truly beautiful cathedral, and it gives you some idea of what it's sister minster would have looked like before Henry the Eighth destroyed many of them. It's sister church is Fountains Abbey, now only a ruin, but would have also been magnificent in its day. A peaceful location, next to Studley Royal, a wonderful deer park, where I plan to return to walk through the woods, on my return to Leeds (which is close to Harrogate) next week.

Yesterday I went to Brimham Rocks an amazing landscape of rock structures created by glaciers. I felt it was reminiscent of Mt Buffalo and wonderful to walk through.

Anyway have to go my internet link is about to expire.