What’s good about Yorkshire?

God’s own county? Really? I’ve heard Lancastrians say the same about Lancashire. Is this just a hang-over from the Wars of the Roses?

I could wax lyrical about my few days cycling the highways and byways of one of God’s own counties, but I’ll let the images speak for themselves. All photos taken by Edward Shirley.

'Aloft' in the north Yorkshire Moors

‘Aloft’ in the north Yorkshire Moors, at 1200 ft.

The main objective of any ride....tea and cake!

The main objective of any ride….tea and cake!

Inspecting one of two Paul Hewitt bikes

Inspecting one of two Paul Hewitt bikes

The campsite....

The campsite….no shortage of space.

This café occupies the premises of the old Yorkshire Penny Bank. I tried claiming back the 6 old pence I left in my Primary School account!

This café occupies the premises of the old Yorkshire Penny Bank. I tried claiming back the 6 old pence I left in my Primary School account!

Riding through a glen.....

Riding through a glen…..

Note the ominous hill in the distance....

Note the ominous hill in the distance….

The 'bike shed' at the festival....holding some 400 bikes

The ‘bike shed’ at the festival….holding some 400 bikes

 

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on August 28, 2014, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Looks awesome Frank. Given the origins of my wife, I don’t believe in the Lancastrian argument. I will take Leeds over Manchester any day of the week.

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  2. Chris, I won’t enter into that historic childish argument, because I know what the answer is……..God’s own county just happens to be Durham!! But nobody knows it yet.

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  3. Haha, Durham is a very beautiful part of old blightey too. But I hate to throw another spanner in the mix, God’s own country is Kakadu.

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  4. OMG…..where? Must be in the Ozzie outback…….? But, I’ll take your word for it…..Wonder what God thinks?

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  5. Had coffee with him the other day. He kept mum.

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  6. According to God’s promise to his people in Exodus, God’s own country is the people ‘Israel’ into which are now included Christians. But his holiday retreat is probably in Yorkshire 🙂

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  7. Lovely photos. “One of god’s own counties…I like that”. Even as a Lancastrian I have to admit a soft spot for riding in Yorkshire.

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  8. Ah….good to hear that. So the War of the Roses is finally over?

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  9. It is…unless I’m forced to pick a side for some reason 😉

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  10. Beautiful! I must get back up there soon.

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  11. Do….and go while the heather is in full flower, and when the bilberries are ripening….

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  12. Absolutely beautiful Frank! You have the best adventures 🙂

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  13. Just to put a spanner in the works…The Wars of the Roses were between the Houses of York and Lancaster; not Yorkshire and Lancashire. Most of the north of England was for the House of York, including Lancashire. But hey, the truth always spoils a good story, doesn’t it?
    And as a Yorkshireman, I’m feeling pretty good about the rivalry at the moment, having just thrashed the old enemy at cricket!

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  14. Good point…..history invariably shows that power, influence and control are seldom contained within boundaries. But it has to be said, too, that Yorkshire geographically occupies most of the North anyway….ipso facto….

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