2013
07.31

Saturday 13 July.

We woke early so walked around Whitby, then up the 199 steps to see the ruined Abbey, partially destroyed in the 13th century.

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Bram Stoker was inspired to write ‘Dracula’ after visiting it. Whitby is a real holiday seaside town, but also famous for being the port where Captain Cook left from, in the Endeavor. Monuments abound.

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Then off on the bikes again. It was good to be in the country, up hill and down dale, lovely little lanes and great paddocks of wheat. Had a proper ‘ploughman’s lunch’ at an 18 th century pub and sped off down the hill, over the river, then up and up and up until we were pushing the bikes.

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Ploughman's lunch - skipped the onion

This was the way to the North Yorkshire Moors. It was hard, but it was great to be up at the top where the sky was huge, the heather was blooming, sun shining and wind following. Lots of hard riding, 5 hours to do 40 kms, but we felt strong and enjoyed it.

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Steeply up to the moors

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Finally rolled into the tiny ancient village of Appleton-le-Moor and our room in the 17th century pub. A gorgeous room under the eaves on the second floor. Showered, changed and in the bar in record time for our pint and Pimms, then a jolly nice evening meal.

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Room under roof at Appleton-le-Moors

>We wandered around the village which is one of the best known examples of a planned village in England, and dates from late 12th to early 13th century. Amazing. Couldn’t believe the sheep wandering up and down the main street, grazing on the grass verges.

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Sheep and red Tardis, main street Appleton

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