On Saturday we took the train to Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.
It's a lovely town which lies on the River Nidd where you can hire rowing boats for a trip down the river. (click on photos to enlarge)
This is the old castle
and the view from up here
A famous resident of Knaresborough is Old Mother Shipton who was born in a cave in 1488. She grew up to become a respected prophetess and soothsayer, although some said she was a witch as she was also very deformed and had a pointed nose and chin which almost met. The Petrifying Well at Mother Shipton's Cave has been a tourist attraction since 1630, with visitors leaving articles to be hung up under the running water which comes from a lake about a mile underground and is full of minerals which turn them to stone
Those two cup shaped bulges are said to be a gentleman's top hat and a lady's bonnet which were hung up in 1853 and never claimed.
In the museum you can see various items which were left by famous people such as a Stetson from John Wayne, a handbag from Agatha Christie and a shoe from Queen Mary.
It was another lovely (but blustery) day on Sunday and we had planned to go to Manchester until we realised the shop we wanted to visit doesn't open on a Sunday.
Instead we caught the train to Hathersage in the Derbyshire Peak District
and we walked along the river to Grindleford
where a cricket match was just starting - I didn't think cricket was played so late in the year.
We got the train back from Grindleford. This is the station with it's two platforms, one to Sheffield and the other to Manchester. The stone bridge is the road to the car park, and to cross from one platform to the other. Beyond that you can see the opening of Totley tunnel which at three and a half miles is the second longest in the UK and took four years to complete