Archive for August, 2009

First Half of August

Well I see that it’s been a bit since I’ve last written. I’ve done some exploring around England.  Here is a look at what I’ve done this summer:

1. This is the Knaresborough castle. It started 1026, and was abandoned 1644 = the towns people took the rocks then. I also got to go in the underground passage that the king used to escape when the castle was attached (during civil war).

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2. The next thing was my biggest challenge I’ve ever faced (besides moving to England) – doing the 3 peak challenge in the Yorkshire Dales (in North Yorkshire). It was a 26 mile hike, over 3 of the tallest hills in Yorkshire dales. It took us 11 hours and 50 minutes (we made it into the club! ) 🙂 Couldn’t walk at the end.

P8031337P8031344 This is only like almost half way down, the other half was more gentle.

And this is us after the hike – can you see his dark circles, and my hair’s a mess because 3/4 through the hike we got dumped on – totally drenched (mostly on the right side b/c rain was coming at an angle)

3. I went and visited a castle -Wentworth Castle – this mansion was called a castle, but not a medieval castle, so in late 1720’s the owner built the motte and castle – for his kids to use as a playhouse – now named the Stainbourough Castle.  P8051348

P8051365P8051398 This black and white picture is the Kirstall Abbey. It’s cool. only 10 min from my house.

4. I explored the city of York: rich with history.  There was a castle, called Cliffard’s Tower – it was mostly used for storage b/c the king very rarely visited it. The York Minster is the Largest medieval Gothic Cathedral north of the Alps. It dates back to 627 ad – but has been rebuilt and remodeled (slightly) throughout the centuries. It’s abosolutely amazing. The city centre is also encircled by the remaining wall of the outerpart of the castle – takes about 1/2 hr to walk around.

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Next entry is going to be all about my Scotland Adventure. See you then 🙂

August 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm 1 comment


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