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May 22, 2012 - Exploring the local reservoir

After a couple of days out in the car exploring the Yorkshire Dales we decided it was time for a bit of chill-out but also some exploration of the local area. Just up the road from the campground there was a series of reservoirs built in the 1900s. According to our “1001 Great Walks” there was a five and half mile circular walk around Blackton Reservoir and through the Hannah Houxwell meadows. So with our trail map, lunch and walking shoes on, we headed out. It was a glorious day. The trail took us by the reservoir, climbed up to the moors...

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May 19, 2012 - Exploring Barnard Castle and an encounter

We had moved the coach to the Caravan Club site at Barnard Castle in order to explore the Tees Valley and the northern part of the Yorkshire Dales. The campground was only a few years old so access was easy although we had to go diagonal across the pitch. We woke to grey skies and drizzle but that didn’t deter us. We decided despite the weather to explore the town of Barnard Castle and some of the local surrounding area. Barnard Castle was named after the castle which the town now surrounds. Again the castle was Norman built just after the...

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Sep 21, 2008 - Visit to Raby Castle in the North of England

Raby Castle This is a very large castle in the north of England. Raby Castle is one of England's grandest medieval castles, surrounded on all sides by a quite magnificent deer park, lake and gardens. The fortress retains the dreamlike air of a fairytale castle that one might read of in a historical romance; its nine soaring towers, crenellated battlements and imposing curtain wall, all remain, for the most part, intact. Beneath the castle's benign shadow, lies a placid lake, set in a marvellous 200-acre parkland, wherein herds of deer...

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