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England, Day 10

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One of the walks Edith and I wanted to take in the North York Moors was from Hutton le Hole to Lastingham. We were not disappointed!

The start of our walk to Lastingham took us past St. Chad Church. Edith and I made it a point to stop in a number of churches during our walking tour of England. Every one we came across was open and clearly welcomed walkers and visitors. Most had small items for sale to support the church – church histories, post cards, prayer cards, etc. Some even had refreshments for sale, all honor system. Edith and I would sit quietly for a half of an hour or so, contemplating the services conducted, the parishioners who came in and out over the years (in many cases, centuries), and all the history these churches witnessed.

While we purchased as many things as practical to support each church we visited, as well as made a donation in each, we decided to send each church a donation upon our return stateside as a “thank you” for their quiet hospitality and providing us a space for reflection and rest as we came to know a bit more about the land and the people served by the church. Our thanks to the parishioners of St. Chads, as well as for those who support others we visited, including: St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, Hawkshead Church of St. Mary’s, Lastingham

Cottage interior, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole
Who could resist a visit with a witch?
The blacksmith on duty at the Ryedale Folk Museum couldn’t explain the origins of this sculptural pile of horseshoes adjacent to the smithy. It would win, I venture to guess, first prize at any modern art show.
This curious fellow picked us up near the start of our walk to Lastingham. He stayed with us, walking nearly a mile. When we reached the town line for Lastingham, I told him that, if he walked into town with us, I would buy him a beer at the pub. He ruminated on this thoughtfully, but chose to head into the graveyard of the Church of St. Mary’s to graze. Edith and I continued into Lastingham, marveling at the architecture for about an hour. Oddly enough, when we walked out of town and past the church, there was our friend, seemingly waiting for us. He followed us back to Hutton le Hole, parting with us at the very gate from which he came….
One of the many beautiful cottages of Lastingham
The beautiful crypt of Church of St. Mary’s
Not just sheep…young adults!

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England, Day 9

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Whitby Abbey, a 7th century Christian Monastery , confiscated by Henry VIII as part of his “Dissolution of Monasteries”
View inland from Whitby Abbey
Coastal Whitby as seen from one of the arches in Whitby Abbey
You can see why Whitbey Abbey inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897)
Our walk down from Whitby Abbey to the old part of town. The famous 199 steps are above the wall to the right. Edith and I climbed back up the steps after lunch in Whitby.

England, Day 8

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Into the heart of the North York Moors, a sometimes melancholy landscape that appears like that of a lonely planet, at other times so alive and vibrant with color – but always distinctively North York Moors.

On the road to our destination near Danby

England, Day 7

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Rievaulx – a beautiful village and abbey

Day 7 found Edith and I in Rievaulx, where we experienced a spectacular day. We were out early, so we were among the first 10 or so people admitted into the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. It was incredible. We spent hours just marveling at what the abbey must have once been and how striking it must have been for our twelve century counterparts to have come upon this structure.

As walking about as much as we could was a goal for our trip to England, we walked an approximately 5 mile loop out of Rievaulx. Upon our return to the village, we took advantage of tea being offered at the town hall. We spent a delightful hour talking with three residents, who explained that the scones, cakes, and pies for sale were all made by local ladies. They were delicious (we sampled four!) and it proved to be such a congenial and welcomed respite at the end of our day.

A view of the Abbey as Edith and I walked towards Old Byland
Charming thatched roofed cottage at Rievaulx

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Rievaulx Abbey

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Rievaulx Abbey

England, Day 6

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We spent the day in the medieval city of York, founded by the Romans in 71 AD. It really is incredible. Edith and I spent a good deal of time touring the York Minster. It’s West Window, constructed in 1338, and the Great East Window, completed in 1408, are stunning. The Great East Window is known to be the largest expanse of mediaeval stained glass windows in the world.