Beverley, East Yorkshire … ‘It’s the town’s gentle Georgian ambience that delights.’
Beverley, East Yorkshire … ‘It’s the town’s gentle Georgian ambience that delights.’
Beverley, East Yorkshire … ‘It’s the town’s gentle Georgian ambience that delights.’

Beverley, East Yorkshire

When approaching the park opposite the West, Beverly took off so that you thought of your Jane Austen’s novel. It can lead to disoriented earthquakes. Is this correct? Then come cobblestone streets, gracious Georgian homes, first-class churches in the middle, yet yet transform into a bar or nightclub – which is the Beverly Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece. Looking for 14th Century Percy Graves. Are we in the 21st century? No, of course not. Please note that the good old days have their shortcomings. At noon, looking for food, I met a fish and fries shop lunch “closed” sign on the door. Fortunately, not all institutions are old-fashioned. Saturday to see a good market, there are some great festivals: folk music and literary festivals have been worth participating. But this is the atmosphere of the town’s gentle Georgian joy: break walking cane and skirt lining, and walking. Even the impression of Lady Catherine de Bourgh of Austin.

Eat and drink
Star local eaterie is James and Kate Mackenzie’s Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass, where you can grab a posh sandwich or indulge in top-notch modern British cuisine. That’s a few miles out of town, but if you’re looking for lunch closer to the centre, try Vanessa, a cafe and deli, or the cycling-themed Café Velo.

 

Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

 
Ruskin’s view, near Kirkby Lonsdale
Ruskin’s view, near Kirkby Lonsdale

For many years – Lonsdale is a small town where tourists can not: in Cumbria but not the Lake District, it looks like Yorkshire but not the valley. Recently added content, the two national parks, found themselves in the center of the town’s massive conservation lands in the north. This newly discovered position is also well deserved. This is a very stone-built place in the crescent-shaped river with good walks and walks to Ruskin’s point of view, for example, or a day of rest exploring Barbondale. It also makes a great base for bicycles and trips, three peaks, Dentdale and Ingleton within reach.

Eat and drink
On that walk, don’t miss the Barbon Inn for a decent pit stop. Back in town the Lunesdale Bakery is an old favourite with cyclists who love its hearty soups and homemade bread and cakes, while Crossing Point Cafe does good breakfasts and majors on local ingredients like Lune Valley smoked salmon. In the evening Avanti is a stylish Italian bar and restaurant.

Pickering, North Yorkshire

 
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Those who saw the recent Dad’s Army film and marvelled at the charms of Walmington-on-Sea … should know that it was actually filmed in Pickering, which was neither on Hitler’s hitlist nor on the coast. You can see why the location scouts got excited: there’s acres of stone and cobble, a real steam locomotive railway station (catch the puffer to Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway), some delightful pubs and plenty to do in the hinterland – the North York Moors national park, including the mountain biking centre of Dalby Forest. They even have a second world war weekend, an event that allows parents to dress in period costume and wave their children off as evacuees. What’s not to like?

Eat and drink
Middleton Tea Parlour is a little out of town, but worth the detour for its classic afternoon teas: all china and doilies. If you’re close to the centre, Pickering is well-blessed with cafes: try Mr Wilf’s or Botham’s. For dinner head to Willowgate Bistro for hearty steaks, Yorkshire puddings and lighter fare too.

 

Wareham, Dorset

 
Wareham, Dorset
Wareham, Dorset

Unimaginable is sitting on the river, is one of the few British Saxon-walled town. Wareham also makes a fantastic base to explore the amazing surroundings. “In a windy winter day, the nearby Dorset countryside may make you feel far away from the earthly crowd,” the reader von Zeppelin – nodding to the local legend Thomas Hardy. This includes woolen villages, West Lulworth and Morton, as well as the surrounding Dorset countryside, from the Wareham Forest – the great biking – Jurassic coast for beachfront living and family, as well as the mysterious blue swimming pool, Change the color is known.

Eat
Wareham has plenty of pubs and tea rooms to choose from. For a sizzling breakfast or hearty lunch, both made from local Dorset produce, head to the Salt Pig cafe . The Old Granary restaurant has pride of place on the quayside.

 

Aberystwyth, west Wales

 
Aberystwyth, west Wales
Aberystwyth, west Wales

The mid-Wales town was very popular among our readers. JulesBywaterLees described it as “stunning”, while MarilynLewis praised its many small eateries, the amazing National Library, the Aber Arts Centre and a coastline “to die for”. Being a university town, Aber remains busy and lively throughout winter. To make the most of the landscape, which is popular with cyclists and mountain bikers, visitors should take a walk along the Ceredigion Coast Path, which runs through Aber.

Eat and drink
The same views can also be enjoyed from inside modern bar and pizza joint Baravin, while other foodie spots include deli restaurant Ultra Comida and harbour front seafood cafe Pysgoty.

 

Pitlochry, Perthshire

 
A view from the summit of Ben Vrackie, five miles from Pitlochry
A view from the summit of Ben Vrackie, five miles from Pitlochry

“Pitlochry is stunning at this time of year,” says reader littleyellowsiskin, listing the “train station, theatre, beautiful walks and lovely river” as reasons to visit. This far north you’ll need to wrap up warm in winter when exploring Allean Forest, with views of Loch Tummel – one of the most famous views in Scotland – as well as Faskally Woods and the Pass of Killiecrankie, a riverside walk through a steep gorge, which, during winter, offers an atmosphere of silence and solitude, with the snow dotted with deer, squirrel and otter tracks.

Eat and drink
There’s lots of cosy places to eat in Pitlochry, from Hettie’s Tearooms for cakes and scones to the Logierait Inn (weekends only) for a hearty meal.

 

Stamford, Lincolnshire

 
Stamford, Lincolnshire
Stamford, Lincolnshire

Described as “the best stone town in England,” the poet Sir John Bergman, Stanford, was the first to grant a state of protection in the England and Wales region (1967) and has more than 600 listed buildings. Not surprisingly, the idyllic Georgian town was used for several episodes of television series, including BBC’s 1993 and 2005 films “Middlemarch’s Pride and Prejudice.” It may be well-preserved, but this is not a drowsy stagnant water. The bustling city center has a weekly street market selling fresh produce from home to make candied fruit, linen and underwear, and some eccentric independent retailers: fashionista will want to direct lofts while selling a wide range of furniture in Soi and household products. The city has more than 30 bars and some great restaurants. Perhaps less than one of Stanford’s more famous visitors is Daniel Lambert, the 52-stoned man in Britain’s fattest. His portrait of the George Hotel flourished, and his body lay near the Church of St. Martin. Avoid huge Lambert’s waist, stroll past the idyllic waters of the meadows, or Burley Manor, since then a magnificent Elizabethan magnificent home.

Eat and drink
The George Hotel, an ancient coaching inn, is the perfect place for a traditional roast. The Tobie Norris is a great spot for a pint of real ale, while No 3 The Yard has a modern British-inspired menu. And make sure you pick up some Lincolnshire sausages and pork pies from award-winning butchers Nelsons.

 

Chepstow, Monmouthshire

 
Chepstow Castle on the River Wye
Chepstow Castle on the River Wye

It may be best known for its race course, but Chepstow has plenty more to commend it for a short break. Its position on the England-Wales border has ensured a turbulent history, embodied in the impressive remains of Chepstow Castle, which sits on a lofty crag overlooking the River Wye. The castle’s Great Tower keep was commissioned by William the Conqueror and the wooden castle doors are the oldest in Europe, dating back 800 years. The town centre has no shortage of attractive Georgian and Victorian buildings, many of which have been converted into restaurants and independent shops. Don’t forget to bring your walking boots: several long-distance walking routes pass by the town, including Offa’s Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Walk, which will take you through the wooded Wye Gorge to the ethereal ruins of Tintern Abbey, six miles away.

Eat and drink
The Lime Tree Cafe is a popular spot with locals – it serves everything from burgers to tapas via Indian street food.

 

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

 
Shops in the old town of Bury St Edmund
Shops in the old town of Bury St Edmund

“I come to bury St Edmunds not to praise it!” quipped reader BluTone, but there is much to praise in this Suffolk market town. It may be small but it packs plenty in: from the elegant cathedral of St Edmundsbury to the beautiful Abbey Gardens in the grounds of what was once one of the most powerful monasteries in the land. There’s the last example of a working Regency playhouse in the country, the Theatre Royal, and a much-loved independent cinema, the Abbeygate, complete with reclining seats, sofas and a cool cafe/bar. There’s also a thriving twice-weekly street market (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and a great selection of independent shops tucked away in the medieval lanes and Georgian squares. The town has been brewing beer for almost a thousand years: the popular Greene King Tour (£12pp) takes visitors around the town’s 1930s brewhouse, ending with a tasting session.

Eat and drink
The low-key location on a quiet residential street and rustic decor of Pea Porridge belie the ambitious nature of the menu, which puts a firm emphasis on nose-to-tail eating: expect creative dishes like slow-cooked rabbit, pig’s cheeks braised in sherry and veal belly.

 

Barnard Castle, County Durham

 
The Bowes Museum
The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle Receives Reader ID6912820: Actively Supporting “Absolutely Lovely Township in the River T-Shirt Food Place and Standalone Shop”. The town was destroyed by Norman Castle giving its name, but the cultural crown on the crown of the Pearl Bowes Museum, a French castle that incorporates extraordinary fine and decorative art, including works by El Greco, Goya and Canaletto. When you’re finished exploring the many treasures of it, (do not miss the 18th century Silver Swan automaton regularly put yourself in a t-shirt and walk in the beautiful countryside of Teesdale, inspired by Walter Scott’s epic Rokeby.

Eat and drink
Il Palazzo is attractive Italian restaurant with an extensive menu of pizza, pasta and seafood dishes that’s popular with locals.

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