Good for you, dgassa…..the quote comes from the book you mentioned. At the time, BB was living in North Yorkshire. My neighbour was thrilled to receive her MA from BB, after her extra years at Durham Uni….he was an inspired choice!
I think he lives in Norfolk now, still writing books.
Bill Bryson is one of my favorate authors. I read his book "Notes from a small Island and if he said to go see Durham, I guess I will.
As the US writer Bill Bryson said about Durham…."If you’ve never been, go there at once. Take my car!"
I think that’s why he was elected as Chancellor of Durham University!
Luke is right. Durham is an excellent place to break journey between York and Northumberland. The Norman cathedral is awesome. Don’t miss St Cuthbert’s tomb behind the high altar.
There are some lovely walks along the river banks and the classic place to take a picture of the cathedral is from (pedestrianised) Prebends Bridge at the end of South Bailey.
I agree that both York and the Moors are great places to visit. Another place that you could add to your itinery if you have time is Durham. It is such a beautiful city with a stunning Cathedral and castle on a hill in the middle of a meander of the River Wear. Really worth visiting. And there are lots of lovely little cafés around too, such as Vennels (hidden away up a little footpath in a courtyard behind the shops) or Leonards down near the river. The countryside all around Northumberland is also really great.
The north side of York makes sense as the best of the scenery is to the north…
Your suggestions have been very helpful. I think we will stay on the north side of York and drive to the city. We will be checking out High Farm in Cropton as well as others in the vicinity. We do like staying in rual areas and small villages.
Distances aren’t that great. York to Whitby is just under 50miles and will take about an hour and a quarter to drive… Rievalux Abbey is just under an hours drive…
If you wanted to be more central then there is Malton or possibly Pickering. Cropton, with the link I gave you to High Farm, is about 15min drive north west of Pickering.
A lot may depend which side of York you are, how much driving you want to do and whether you are happy to relocate….
Sorry that may not be very helpful but it is quite a difficult question to answer.
Thanks Eleanor, I remember your advice from a previous post about the North York Moors and we are planning on spending some time there. I was wondering if there is a central location to base ourselves between York and the Moors to see both or should we move further north and stay in the Moors for our explorations there.
I’d be inclined to head direct to York, possibly having a break in Stamford (rather nice stone built town) with possibly a visit to Burghley House.
If you are wanting to add 1-2days to the journey, I would suggest North York Moors (Whitby, Pickering, North York Moors Railway, the delightful crypt at Lastingham church…) We can recommend High Farm B&B in Cropton (which also has a brew pub).
You are welcomed with a cup of tea and plate of home made cakes. Breakfasts are good and set you up for the day.
The other alternative is the spend a couple of days in Northumberland. Everyone rushes through on the way to Scotland which is a pity as it has some superb scenery. There is Hadrian’s Wall, Keilder Forest and Dam, amazing castles and early Christian heritage. For some ideas have a read here:
I was one of the guest bloggers for Northmberland and can recommend any of the three Inns I stopped at. Reviews here: