2013
08.09

Walking York

MONDAY 15 JULY.

Breakfast in the ‘downstairs’ part of this elegant house. It was lovely and we did our best before setting off to walk into York.

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York - looking towards the Minster

First stop a tour of the York Minster; built between 1291 and 1350, it is magnificent. Huge pillars hold a lofty soaring ceiling, but it is still very light and spacious, with magnificent carvings and stained glass windows. Enjoyed the tour with a local who had a very dry wit. Then we climbed the 275 tiny twisting stairs up an ever narrowing turret to get to the top of the tower where we could walk around outside. A long way down, but a view for miles.

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Tight steps in the Minster

Down again to the ‘Undercroft’ where there was a fascinating display of the structure and archaeology. In the 1990s when they had to do some urgent underpinning of the tower, they discovered the site of the early Roman fortress in the area (70-300AD), then the Viking remnants, and finally the earliest Norman presence. Fascinating. At the end of all that was the original York Gospel, AD 1000. Wow!

Nice to emerge into the sunshine and have quite a lengthy walk along the top of the old city walls, from Petersgate to Monks gate. Some quite intimate views into back gardens and buildings. Finally a last stroll through the ‘Shambles’, the network of little streets with the original tiny medieval shops. Not a McDonalds or Westfield shopping center to be had in this town!  Great ice creams, the rhubarb one was the best.

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