Where Can I Go Exploring the UK and Abroad (2)

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, near Pocklington

May 17th, 2011

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, near Pocklington

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, near Pocklington, York, is a recently created recreational area comprising of a couple of lakes, a watersports centre and caravan / campsite. The park offers the opportunity to take part in waterskiing, sailing and kayaking by running courses with qualified instructrors and also hires equipment out. The creation is an interesting idea as there are few such facilities near York and it makes for a pleasant afternoon out on a fine day.

We visited on a sunny Spring day and enjoyed a walk in the sunshine around the lakes followed by an ice-cream at the lakeside cafe. Visitors are asked to pay £1 for the pleasure of walking around the lakes and although the paths are not extensive it makes for a pleasant stroll by the waterside, especially for families. There is a small pets corner for the children to visit. Pedaloes and kayaks can be hired. [...]

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The Plough Inn, Allerthorpe, near York

May 17th, 2011

The Plough Inn, Allerthorpe, near York

The Plough Inn at Allerthorpe is a family-run, traditional English inn dating back to 1829. It's situated in the centre of the village of Allerthorpe near Pocklington, just to the east of York. There is a pleasant beer garden at the front of the pub where it is lovely to sit and enjoy the sunshine on a fine day. The menu consists of traditional pub food. We visited on a Sunday lunchtime and were pleased to find we didn’t have to have a Sunday roast but could order other light meals instead. We enjoyed a pork baguette with chips and salad and a burger with chips and salad, both of which were very reasonably priced.

A visit to the Plough Inn could be combined with a visit to nearby Allerthorpe Lakeland Park or Allerthorpe Common for a walk.
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Brymor’s Ice Cream Parlour, High Jervaulx (near Masham)

May 8th, 2011

Brymor’s Ice Cream

A working farm and family business keeping Guernsey cows and producing delicious ice-cream, Brymor’s have been making ice-cream for the last 25 years. Brymor ice-cream is very popular in North Yorkshire and appears to be growing in popularity elsewhere too. Although the ice-cream can be bought in numerous local outlets and some supermarkets such as Morrisons, it is worth dropping in at the farm, the home of Brymor ice-cream, to see where the ingredients come from and how the business started. Visitors can visit the cow shed where young Guernsey calves are kept and read the information boards which explain the history of the farm, the milking of the cows and the production process of the ice-cream. Here I learnt that the creamy taste of the ice-cream is due to the milk from the Guernsey cows which graze on the lush grass around Jervaulx, whilst the distinctive fruity flavours of the ice-cream come from Italy, a combination which leads to the ice-cream's delicious, creamy and tasty flavours.

The shop / ice-cream parlour offers around 35 flavours to choose from (one of my favourites is raspberry!) and 1 litre tubs can also be purchased to take home. For a special treat, Knickerbocker Glories can also be enjoyed in the conservatory/cafe. There is seating both inside and out though it would be nice to see more outside tables and benches outside as it can get very busy on a sunny day. It's worth combining a trip here with a visit to the nearby market town of Masham or Jervaulx Abbey to make a day of it. [...]

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Thornton Steward Reservoir, Bedale, Yorkshire Dales

May 7th, 2011

Thornton Steward Reservoir, Bedale, Yorkshire Dales

Thornton Steward Reservoir is a little-known picturesque spot tucked away in a quiet corner of the countryside of Bedale, near Masham, in the Yorkshire Dales. Owned by Yorkshire Water, there is a small car park with free car parking and a concrete path around the reservoir which makes for a pleasant waterside walk of about 1 mile or so. From the reservoir there are lovely views of the surrounding countryside and it is very tranquil. Thornton Steward Reservoir makes for a lovely spot for a picnic and short walk on a sunny day. The reservoir is used recreationally for fly-fishing and sailing. We visited on a bank holiday and encountered just a couple of fishermen. A visit here could easily be combined with a visit to the nearby market town of Masham or a trip to Middleham Castle as well as dropping by at the nearby Brymor Farm to sample their delicious ice-cream. [...]

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The Oak Tree Inn, Helperby

May 7th, 2011

The Oak Tree Inn at Helperby opened in March 2011 and is one of three pubs forming the newly formed group of Provenance Inns, owned by the proprietor of the renowned Durham Ox in Crayke, who incidently was recently voted Publican of the Year in a national competition.

We went for a meal a couple of weeks after it opened and were impressed not only with the high-quality renovation and refurbishment of the building, but also with the excellent menu and the lively atmosphere. The service was professional yet the dining experience was informal and relaxing so it made for a very enjoyable evening. There is also a lovely decking area / terrace out the back which is lovely place to sit outside on a summer's evening. On our visit we enjoyed the Roast Corn-Fed Chicken Supreme on Crushed Potatoes with Buttered Cabbage (£13.95) and the T-Bone Steak with Skinny Fries and Salad (£24.95), both of which were excellent, followed by home-made ice-cream for dessert. Due to the variety of dishes available on the menu, it is possible to choose cheaper or more expensive options to suit your taste and pocket. The fact that pizzas are also offered on the menu means that you can pop in for a bite to eat on the way home or enjoy a special meal out.

I have no doubt that the popularity of this newly opened Oak Tree Inn in Helperby will continue to grow and that people will come to dine here from the surrounding villages as well as from further afield. As accommodation is also available it may even suit some to stop overnight or spend a weekend away here. [...]

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