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

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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!

    • 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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