[Photo Journal] Adventures in Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire! Yeah! I went in May to visit a friend who was about to move to London, and we did a bunch of cool things. These are some things to do in Yorkshire if you are going for a short trip.

Among the highlights were seeing the train station where the students got out for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, kinda seeing some puffins (flying around along the cliffs), and generally having a blast with a good friend.

View of field from train window

I took the train up, where my friend picked me up. I got to see the yellow fields on the way there! Then we took a nice walk through some fields and forest.

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Day 2

The next day, we headed out to the Bempton Cliffs to try to spot some puffins.

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We weren’t lucky enough, though, and were only able to see them as specks flying out over the water through binoculars.

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After that, we went to a seaside town at Robin Hood’s Bay. The town was gradually falling into the ocean until they built a sea wall in the 70s along where the last houses are to protect them from the waves, so the town comes right up against the waves. Pretty, but also a little precarious!


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Sheep! We saw lots of sheep in some fields in between towns. I bought some yarn while on this trip, but it wasn’t local. I found out that these little guys produce wool that is too harsh for human skin, so it’s just used for carpets and things like that. For softer yarn, I’ll have to go find sheep in another part of the country.

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We stopped in another seaside town called Whitby, hoping to dig up some fossils, but the tide was already up. Instead, we played some arcade games trying to win a little Lego set, but alas, we lost all of our 50 pence.

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Last stop of this second day was this train station in Goathland in the Scarborough area of North Yorkshire. The Hogwarts end of the train line was filmed at this station for the Harry Potter films! We missed the steam engine trains rolling in, but we did see one normal train come into the station. Of all the things to do in Yorkshire, if you are a fan of trains, you gotta see this!

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Day 3

On my last day, we spent half a day in York, where we had some cream tea (at the famous Bettys!) and did some painting of pottery. I did a bowl, and my friend did a mug.

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Painted bowl and mug

Hooray for crafts! It felt surprisingly good to be a little artsy craftsy for once. On a side note, I didn’t realize until after the fact that I had been in the city that my hometown was named after, York! New York is definitely very different, but it’s still a cool historical connection.

This was a nice first visit to the English countryside for me. Although London is interesting, it isn’t representative of the whole country, so I’m glad that I got out for a bit! Have you been to the English countryside?

What are your favorite things to do in Yorkshire?

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  • Amanda-Lesson Plans & Layovers

    Ahh I didn’t know this was where they filmed this part of Harry Potter! I just got back from Scotland and took the steam engine train over the Viaduct that they included in the first film! I need to get myself to England next!

    • It is a pretty, quaint little station. There is a town there and I didn’t explore it, but it looked like a small quiet town in the countryside! If you do try to visit the station, you can look up the train times ahead and find out which ones are steam engine trains. The train over the Viaduct sounds amazing! Although, I’m guessing it might look more awesome from outside of the train!

  • Rashaad Jorden

    I lived in Yorkshire – I actually obtained my Master’s in Leeds – so I have spent time in the English countryside. Question: Have you ever visited Leeds?

    While I’m at it, I’ve been to Scarborough.

    • Hi Rashaad, I haven’t been to Leeds yet! I hope to get there soon though. I might be able to go there for some ultimate tournaments next year!