Cruising the Danube from the Black Sea to the North Sea
April-May 2023: Day 35

Durham to York, UK


When asked where we were heading to next, everybody approved of York, but Low Dinsdale (?Where??). A few miles south of Darlington, and very rural, Low Dinsdale is a scattering of farm cottages and the Church of St John the Baptist. Here my great-great-uncle was buried in 1905. I wished to see the location and photograph the headstone, which we did. The rain had cleared to a fine morning with scattered clouds. From Lower Dinsdale "Nagging Nora" (AKA the car's GPS) took us along country lanes (with no name) and up steep climbs (25% gradient) to the remote location of Rievaulx Abbey. But the Abbey was closed - again - (this being Tuesday, it was Sunday in 2010 when we last tried to visit) so we followed more remote roads into York. Parked the car at the hotel and walked along Mickelgate to York Minster. Not covered in scaffolding this time (although there was some at the back).

Low Dinsdale, Rievaulx Abbey and York

Middleton St George, near Darlington
St John at Low Dinsdale
The tall cross is my relative
Dinsdale sheep

Rievaulx Abbey

Steep gradients up...
and down.
"Wot you want??"


Blossom St with hotel on left and Mickelgate ahead.
Around the corner towards the Railway Museum
York Minster

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Last updated: 30 June 2023