Pay your entrance fee, don a hard hat and follow the rocky pathways that lead by the fast-flowing river through ferns and by lush, dank undergrowth; there are bridges on different levels and fenced galleries on rocky ledges. There are also caves here, the best known being Tom Taylor’s Cave, with a 100 metre walk underground – you might want to take a torch. Wellies are recommended. How Stean also provides a wide range of outdoor activities for individuals, families and groups including gorge walking, abseiling, canyoning, caving and also hosts one of the three Via Ferrata courses in the UK. The tea room serves up a wholesome varied menu, delicious cakes and aromatic freshly ground coffee may also tempt you to linger here.
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Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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