Crook Hall & Gardens

Northern Living - Days out and destinations - Crook Hall & GardensThe 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall provides a spectacular backdrop to the stunning gardens. Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idylic English theme gardens. Soak up the atmosphere over a home-made cream tea in the pretty courtyard or in front of a log fire in the Georgian dining room. The gardens are just a short walk from the city's bustling market place. Country Life described the Hall as having "history, romance and beauty", and its just waiting to capture your heart.

The Hall is a rare example of three eras of English domestic architecture; medieval, Jacobean and Georgian. The Medieval Hall was built around 1208 although the solar wing has long since disappeared. The Jacobean Mansion was built in 1671 and in 1720 the Hopper family built the Georgian House. The main hall was restored in the 1980s.The circular turret was an interesting late addition allowing the ancient wooden stairs to remain in place. The old stairs are now for the sole use of the White Lady,a niece of Cuthbert Billingham, who supposedly haunts the room. The history of the people who have lived here are varied but every single family has added their mark and have in their own way cherished the site and helped to pass it through the centuries so we can all enjoy it today.

The gardens all have their own history and their own personalities. Some have been here for centuries whilst others are rather more recent additions. We have tried to create and develop gardens for everyone to enjoy, gardens to inspire and gardens to remember.

Keith and Maggie Bell
Crook Hall & Gardens,
Frankland Lane,

Tel: 0191 384 8028
Fax: 0191 386 4521

Trevors Steel Trailers

Northern Living - Trevors Steel Trailers build bespoke Canoe Trailers, Kayak Trailers, Windsurf Trailers and Mountain Bike TrailersAt Trevor Steels Trailers we’re passionate about designing and constructing sport and leisure trailers to produce a premium range, which is the root of our success. Our products are all designed and manufactured on site in Yorkshire by our professional team ensuring our specialist range of trailers meets the company’s standard. Being active in these sports, we are all too aware and appreciate just what’s demanded of trailers in this field and that’s why we are dedicated and driven to manufacture reliable performance products, substantial and user friendly without compromising distinction and style.

Whilst we offer a comprehensive range, we recognise that customers may have different criteria. It is important to us that we assess and understand each client’s individual needs so we offer a one to one consultation, that coupled with our bespoke trailer building service enables us to customise and produce any trailer to meet all requirements and expectations of our client. In October 2012 new legislation came into force regarding trailers. All trailers first used after October 2012 must be approved before they can be used on the road. Each trailer we build is inspected by VOSA an a certificate issued.

Our range includes:-

Canoe Trailers,
Kayak Trailers,
Windsurf Trailers
Mountain Bike Trailers

Allberries Cottage Farm,
Selby Road,
Holme on Spalding Moor,
East Yorkshire
YO43 4HB

01430 860882

Saltburn by the Sea

Saltburn by the SeaSaltburn by the Sea has a rich and varied tapestry of historical development. Although Saltburn's most obvious features are of Victorian origin, its history goes back much further. There is evidence that it was inhabited by a hermit in the thirteenth century and even earlier, during Roman times, it was the site of a fortified Roman signalling station. Saltburn's more covert history lies in smuggling and the town is immensely proud of its famous smuggling past. The resort of Saltburn by the Sea was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur Henry Pease and the legacy of his vision is the Station complex, Zetland Hotel, Pier, Cliff Lift and Valley Gardens as well as the so called "jewel streets" along the sea front. Today Saltburn's Victorian heritage is brilliantly preserved whilst modern Saltburn presents an excellent surfing beach so that recent years have seen the development of a large community of surfers. The idea of taking a seaside holiday dates back to the 18th century when the health benefits of fresh air and sea water were first recognised. Initially these benefits were enjoyed only by those who had the time and private means to venture to the English coast in search of a holiday in a congenial setting beside the sea. However the enjoyment of relaxtion and recreation on the shore soon became popular among all social classes and this popularity went hand-in-hand with the invention and development of the seaside 'resort' as a place to seek out leisure and pleasure.

To satisfy demand resorts were developed around the coastline to suit a variety of budgets and tastes. Intended to lure those seeking health, leisure and pleasure experiences they were deliberately designed to make the 'resort experience'occassions that would be enjoyed and returned to yearly, making the seaside holiday integral to the British way of life and cultural experience. The practice of sea bathing dates back to the late 17th century with members of the medical profession already advocating its benefits as a cure for a variety of ailments. As the prestige of the medical profession rose, advice from such sources began to influence a significant minority of the educated and leisured and Sir John Floyer's History of Cold Bathing had reached its fifth edition by 1722. Promoted by the medical profession, the practice gained popularity as part of the growing fashionable concern for the pursuit of health, leisure and pleasure among the upper classes of 18th century English society. By 1705 Scarborough - which can probably claim to be the earliest English seaside resort - was said to attract most of the gentry from the North of England and Scotland in the summer season and by the 1730's Scarborough, Margate and Brighton, at least, were developing recognisable sea bathing seasons.

Saltburn by the Sea has maintained much of its original charm as a Victorian seaside resort including its pier, the colourful Italian Gardens and walks through Riftswood. Saltburn has the oldest water balanced cliff tramway in Britain that is still in operation, linking the town with the pier 120 feet below. You can park at sea level where the old fishing village straddles Skelton Beck. The Ship Inn remains as a focal point, steeped in smuggling folklore. The Cleveland Way passes through along the coastline and follows a steep path up to Huntcliff, once the site of a Roman Signal Station.

Peak Day Out

Peak District days out with Anis Louise Guest House ChesterfieldThe Peak District offers a world of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns and at its heart the Peak District National Park, known and loved by millions for its breath-taking landscapes, relaxation, inspiration and adventure. Spanning parts of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire in the heart of England, it’s home to dozens of market towns & pretty villages, historic houses, famous attractions and hundreds of traditional events. The Peak District is an area of great diversity, it is conventionally split into the northern Dark Peak, where most of the moorland is found and whose geology is gritstone, and the southern White Peak, where most of the population lives and where the geology is mainly limestone-based. Most of the area falls within the Peak District National Park, whose designation in 1951 made it the first national park in the United Kingdom. Proximity to the major cities of Manchester and Sheffield and the counties of Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire and South and West Yorkshire, coupled with easy access by road and rail, have contributed to its popularity. The Peak District attracts an estimated 22 million visitors per year, making it the second most-visited national park in the world.

Whether you are planning a day trip or an extended break The Peak District has something to interest all the family. Chesterfield is considered the gateway to the Peak District with local attractions such as The Church of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield, otherwise known as the crooked spire church, Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield Canal, Bolsover Castle, Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, Stainsby Mill, Sutton Scarsdale Hall, Proact Stadium, Tapton House, Renishaw Hall, Creswell Crags – all within a couple of miles. 

The highly acclaimed Anis Louise Guest house has a comprehensive list of upcoming local events and also a series of short breaks for all tastes throughout the year.

34 Clarence Street,
S40 1LN
01246 235412

Duckweed - An unwelcome Canal Guest

Duckweed -  An unwelcome canal guestDuckweed can be obviously common on canals and other inland waterways at this time of year. Those with the least traffic are worst effected. The green carpet can spread throughout the canal system aided by good weather. Another contributory factor is agricultural fertilizer in run-off water, so there is often a notable bloom after heavy rain. It is a common problem on the canals, but those with more boat movements fare better. Not being a thick carpet, like floating pennywort, it does not foul the stern gear of boats and barges, but does effect boats using canal water to cool their engines.

Covering the water it traps litter and blocks sunlight, making it harder for underwater species to survive. Though harmless to animals, it can easily be mistaken for grass, with particularly dogs attempting to walk on it. Stories of dogs mistaking the surface of canal which are heavily populated with duckweed as terraferma are not uncommon. Unfortunately smaller breeds of dogs can have difficulty climbing from canals unaided.

A less obvious issue for canal craft is the problems it can cause in certain canal basins when mooring. As the individual plants are not tethered they are susceptible to being concentrated by wind movement. This can result in deep covering in a canal basin which in extreme cases makes approaching mooring difficult as the weed creates a cushion between boat and mooring. Various waterway authorities include Inland Drainage Boards in some areas actively control duckweed by surface dredging and depositing the weed in piles on the banks.


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