THE BORDER COUNTRY, NORTH PENNINES, DALES & PEAK DISTRICT

The long journey south featured dramatic changes of scenery from mountains to moors and dales and the rolling hills of the Peak District. We had overnight stays at Peebles, Harrogate and Tideswell
HARROGATE - THE BIGGEST DISSAPOINTMENT OF THE JOURNEY

After a wonderful journey through the byways of Cumbria, Northumberland and Durham we arrived in Harrogate for an overnight stay at the excellent Cairns Hotel. Here, we had two objectives, Betty's Tea Rooms (being confirmed Yorkshire Tea drinkers) and the Royal Spa Baths. To our horror the main entrance of the baths is now a large Chinese restaurant. In fact, the town centre is nothing more than a food court with more restaurants than Soho. Some of these restaurants had security personnel and bouncers on duty - one wonders what happens on weekend nights. Betty's Tea Rooms turned out to be an overpriced emporium and RESTAURANT!! Thank goodness for Knaresborough with its old world charm and, of course, Mother Shipton's Cave.
Mother Shipton
Mother Shipton's Petrified Well