Yorkshire Dales, TV Soap Country
At the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes we had the opportunity to taste many different cheeses and see the cheese making process. References were made to Wallace and Grommit and we had great fun having our photos taken with the characters.
We went to the Woolpack Inn for Sunday lunch, with Yorkshire puddings all round! The Woolpack is the pub featured in the popular TV soap Emmerdale. Everyone had a chance to pull a pint behind the bar and we all thought we would make great bar staff!
Our first stop was The Carding Shed at Jackson Bridge. Here we saw a collection of car related memorabilia before stopping in the café for tea and coffee which was served in vintage cups and we tried their homemade cakes. The waitresses were fabulous in their 50's dresses.
A short drive and we were amongst the film locations for The Last of the Summer Wine. We visited a museum which is in Nora Batty's Cottage with lots of memorabilia. We had our lunch in Sid's with cardboard cut outs of Nora with her broom!
We also took a tour in a vintage bus around the area, with great commentary from the driver.
In Pickering we caught the train to Goathland. After a journey through some stunning countryside we stopped at another old station which was used as Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film. Goathland is known as Aidensfield in the TV series Heartbeat. We had a cream tea in the café where the police car from the series is parked.
In York we caught the open-top bus and had a tour of the city which took us into the suburbs as well as pointing out all the places of interest inside the city. We learnt that in York, streets are called gates. Gates are called bars and bars are called pubs! All very confusing! We saw the fantastic York Minster and walked through the tiny street.