Park and Ride made getting into York easy and much quicker than the bus. We drove north and west from Hull, skirting Beverley and climbing over the Downs, sorry, Wolds before dropping into the Vale of York at Market Weighton. 16 miles later we parked on the east edge of the city and hopped on a bus which dropped us beside the city walls which we walked around anticlockwise to Bootham Bar and the Art Gallery.
I’ll call this one ‘Minster across the pantiles’. Later we decided not to go into the minster on the grounds that we had already spent some time in Lincoln cathedral. Jackie and Marian walked around the Minster whilst I found a pleasing bar (Eagle and Child) just inside Bootham Bar to sample a couple of beers, specifically: Grapefruit IPA from Brewlab and Electric Bear’s Werrrd!, an unfined APA.
Saw this from the walls – looks like Alice Liddell to me, but why here? The art gallery had lots of Picasso pots (borrowed from Dickie Attenborough and his wife), and some fine seascapes by a chap called Henry Moore (not that one) plus a fine religious thing that made me think of Monty Python and their animator Terry Gilliam.
Its called the Martyrdom of St Clement (1460). Around the Minster we found an obligatory sundial, in this case a pillar dial with 4 faces, but some bent and missing gnomons.
Jackie and I decided to go into Clifford’s Tower, but Marian declined. Not surprised really, it costs £6 to get in and its really just a lidless stone box on top of an earth pile, but free to enter if you, as we are, are members of English Heritage.
OK, it also has two spiral stairs.