A refreshingly different guide to Yorkshire

by Tanya Jane
(York)

Hardraw Falls near Hawes

Hardraw Falls near Hawes

‘Choice Visits in Yorkshire and York’ by Charles Patmore. Published 2012 as a Kindle e-Book, price £4.50p, downloadable from Amazon website to Kindle Apps on iPad, e-readers, PC, Mac, iPhone etc.


You could not do better than to choose this rich, well informed book as your guide to Yorkshire. As someone who knows the area and who has looked at other guides, I find this towers heads and shoulders above the rest.

The author is very familiar with the area and has visited the attractions and other sundry spots that he has included in the book - no paraphrasing from other guides!

He includes a wide variety of attractions and places, some of them less well known, such as Hackfall Woods, a lovely spot with woods, water features and follies, all within a naturally forested area on a steep slope down to a fast flowing river. And there's the rock garden in Aysgarth, small but highly individual. Not to mention the Naval Battles in Peaseholme Park in Scarborough. The author has also indicated how most places could be reached by public transport - not always an easy feat.

The attractions range from those best suited for adults (children may find them boring) to child-friendly attractions, things to do indoors and outdoors. It has walks, gardens and stately homes and other more unusual, less easy to categorise attractions and points of interest.

In a section of the book, the author takes the trouble to cross reference the attractions, so that you can easily find what might be available, say, for children in York on a rainy day, or a good long walk in the mountains.

While this book does not focus that much on places to stay, it gives good advice where you can look for it on-line.

The book is good both for locals and for visitors to the area. If you need a guide then consider this one very seriously.

This very large book can also be bought separately as these four shorter books:
‘Choice Guide to York’
‘Choice Visits: Yorkshire Dales’
‘Choice Visits: Yorkshire Moors and north Coast’
‘Choice Visits: East Yorkshire Coast to Brontë Country’

If you are not familiar with e-Book travel guides, e-Book format means:
· Weblinks in the text link you directly to websites for bus and train times or for browsing available hotel options or tide time calendars, for instance.
· Yorkshire festival dates and entry times and prices for visitor attractions can be updated each year.
· On Amazon’s website you can view a large ‘Look Inside’ free sample of this book without having to buy.
That large free sample is the best way to get a picture of this wonderful book.

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