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    Looking for a bit of advice please, especially you lot up north.

    Normally we head off to Europe for a couple of months in the autumn but this year parents aren't too well so we thought we'd stay close and do the bits of England that we have previously driven past on the way to Scotland. The general area I'm thinking of is the Midlands up to the North Yorkshire Moors and we thought we might "theme" it by visiting places like Melton Mowbray, Bakewell, Wensleydale, Eccles and Lincolnshire for the Sausages etc; you get the idea!

    We've got a month and will want to do a lot of walking (dog and hiking boots kind) but Jackie loves shopping in nice little market towns and we will want to visit some heritage and archaeological sites including industrial archaeology.

    Any gems in your locality? Favourite places? We will choose a mix of poi's, CS's and campsites depending on where we end up so no need for info on that but any suggestions most welcome.

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    Give yourself a couple of days in West Yorkshire, One or two places off the obvious tourist Halifax as just re opened the piece hall, traditionally where cloth was traded, lots of crafty type shops, Curry in Bradford and media museum (used to be photography and television) Salts Mill, Saltaire a world heritage site, Haworth home of the Brontes and a walk out to Top Withens you are practically on the Pennine Way.

    As you travel north on the M1 you pass the Yorkshire Sculpture Park lots of Henry Moor Stuff , Not far away the National Minining Museum yes you too can go underground. Lofthouse world famous for rhubarb , Pontefract Liquorice, Leeds Royal Armouries and good shopping , Then there are the obvious spots like York. less obvious Beverley , Hull, Spurn point .....

    In fact I said give yourself a couple of days ,,,you could spend a month in Yorkshire alone and still not see everything,

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    Ilkley moor bring tha own hat !! ,,,,tea at Bettys in Harrogate or York.
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    We've just spent a week in the North Yorkshire Moors staying in Rowntree Park, the Caravan and Motorhome Club site right in the centre of York (the home of Terrys and Rowntrees chocolate) for a couple of nights then on to the council car park in Helmsley (motorhomes welcome) for the Friday market and the micro brewery bar after a six mile easy walk from the town up Beck Dale and back down Ash Dale.
    If you get anywhere near the Tyne call in to South Shields and visit a Dicksons Pork butchers for a savaloy and pease pudding dip and take away a couple of pies. I'm drooling just thinking of it.
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    Buxton is a lovely market town with great walks around. Free spring water in the town centre - obviously not to fill your van but a bottle or two!
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    Malton food market , 2nd saturday of month , has big reputation . Never been , always been there wrong saturday , but probably worth a visit . There are quite a lot of food festivals throughout Britain at various times of the year . Also it seems like every small town/village has specialised food shops . Small butchers etc have realised they can offer an alternative to supermarkets by making top end sausages/pies etc .
    Rick steins food heroes is also a good guide . The specialised food market in Britain is unrecognisable from even 10 years ago , great idea for a 'themed' trip .
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    Quote Originally Posted by alcam View Post
    Malton food market , 2nd saturday of month , has big reputation . Never been , always been there wrong saturday , but probably worth a visit . There are quite a lot of food festivals throughout Britain at various times of the year . Also it seems like every small town/village has specialised food shops . Small butchers etc have realised they can offer an alternative to supermarkets by making top end sausages/pies etc .
    Rick steins food heroes is also a good guide . The specialised food market in Britain is unrecognisable from even 10 years ago , great idea for a 'themed' trip .
    Malton ironically is the home of James Martin gastro pub there, I don't think he has a vested interest in it anymore. But you are right with the farmers Markets etc, Christmas Markets are starting so be worth a look on the Yorkshire Tourism site,

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    Millers Dale in Derbyshire Dales

    I don't know if you're including the Derbyshire Dales, or if you're starting further North than that, but in Millers Dale, there is a pub, The Anglers Rest, with a decent car park on the other side of the road by a river. The pub does good food, and are willing to let campervan users stay over in their carpark (ring first, to check that it's ok). There's a couple of lovely walks right from the pub. You can go along the disused railway, with the old limestone kilns and back along the river (we just did a short walk of about 5 miles, but you can probably extend it). You can also do a circular walk in the other direction, through several beautiful dales (more of an all-day walk). The road leading to the pub is fairly narrow, but is manageable (we didn't meet anything coming the other way, which helped) and is only a few miles.
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    Come down the west side of the country and stop off at Bury market for black puddings served from a baby burco with mustard.

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    don't know how it fits with your timings but they have an annual 'melton mowbray food festival ' this year it's 7/10 october , google it couple of hundred stalls pie fest, artisan cheese, chocfest etc there's a britstop at a garden centre just outside and a couple of campsites local and of course only 30 mins from lyndon top,
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    Bessacar and a Rimor K Max

    If you like a good sausage go to Clitheroe.

    Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop

    Check out the range.
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