So, if you're sitting comfortably.
We decided a few weeks back that today we would take a trip up to the North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough. I love Yorkshire, but I hadn't been to this little gem of a place nestled near Harrogate and York. We'd heard there was a Christmas market on though, and decided that today would be a good day to visit. We were up bright and far too early for a Saturday morning, and it was absolutely freezing. The leaves under my feet had a fine layer of frost on them.
Anyway, a few hours up the motorway and we were there. It's a lovely little place, beautiful traditional stone buildings around an open market square. There were stalls selling roasted chestnuts and Christmassy entertainment.
I was no sooner in the first charity shop (of which there are many with some great stuff in them) when I was buying this gorgeous pink leather Matthew Williamson handbag, for a mere £8 I was a happy shopper.
We carried on exploring the town, admiring the traditional tea rooms and shops, and taking in some of the market stalls.
After a delicious brunch in one of the many tea rooms we were off to explore more.
The castle area was beautiful, not only were there fabulous castle ruins, the grounds of which were actually free to go into, but from here the vantage point to look down onto the most picturesque scenery of the river Nidd and viaduct was truly breathtaking... well apart from the fact that the bitter cold was almost taking my face off.
|Me and hubby|
|Boots - Dr Martens; Tights - Primark; Dress - Gap; bag - dents (gift)|
Parka - Levi's; Scarf - Gift; Hat - Oasis; Sunglasses - Givenchy; Mittens - Berghaus
One of the things that struck me about Knaresborough was how friendly the people were, and how many beautiful dogs were around. They are definitely animal lovers up there.
There are too many shops really to list everywhere we went, but they were mostly independents, which gave the town a lovely feel, and meant there were things to buy that I hadn't seen in other places. Not that I bought much, I was very restrained, but I was tempted by these wrist warmers, hand knitted locally and for sale for a mere £5 in a local gift shop, just the ticket.
Once we'd exhausted ourselves walking around, we settled down in a pub for dinner, before heading home to Coventry. A fantastic day out all around.