Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday 2 September - Beverley and Pocklington

With day rover tickets we set out for Beverley. The bus, which went to Hull, went through Pocklington and Market Weighton which we scouted out as possible places to visit on the way back.
Once again the bus destination board did not agree with the timetable or the electronic board at the bus stop. We have learned to ask the driver before each trip. The Yorkshire Wolds are fairly flat with the occasional hill.  The farming is mixed. The grain is being harvested and some fields are being plowed - the plow is followed by a lot of birds looking for grubs etc.
Beverley is a pleasant village with lots of shopping potential. There is a good pedestrian area but the main square gives the feel of a car park with some interesting buildings spread around the perimeter. The lady in the tourist office was very helpful. She steered me to some good beer and also recommended that we stop off at Pocklington on our return. 
Fortified with a Greene King IPA we took a look at the minster which is light as well as large. 
The Hull area, including Beverley, is the only part of the country where phone boxes are painted cream instead of red
A quick dark mild at the White Horse revealed a dark pub with a maze of many rooms. It was a nice change to find a mild beer.
As suggested, we decided to go on to Pocklington which had an interesting street market today. On the way wepassed by the Beverley race track, there were cattle grazing on either side of the unfenced main road.  Both Beverly and Pockligton are gliding centres and we saw several in the air at both places. The Burnby Hall Gardens are very close to the centre of Pocklington and we spent a peaceful time there. There is a large lake filled with water lillies. The lawns are well manicured and we were surprised at the number and size of the carp. People buy food for them and they know the drill. The air was rent with the splashing of the frequent feeding frenzies.  There is also a wooded area called the Stumpery. This is similar to a rockery but old tree stumps have been used, some carved with demonic faces. Sitting in a calm area we were disturbed by a gurgling and rustling of the fish under the water lilly leaves. The gardens were well worth a visit. 



The Stumpery
The bus was on time and brought us back close to the Shambles.
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An Indian (Goan) meal was excellent and I had a Bradfied Brewery (Sheffield) Farmers Bitter which was not to my taste, it was dark, not very bitter and had a touch of molasses.