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Chocolate and Chicory: York and beyond, by bicycle

ByLisa North

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Updated 2014 edition. Journeys beyond the well-known histories within York’s city walls. The first section introduces aspects of the local landscape featured in the routes that follow, placing them in context. Each of the mapped routes has a broad ‘theme’, with an emphasis on aspects of our more recent history. Toll cottages and mileposts and railway lines, our connections to an expanding world of travel possibilities. Asylums treating ‘the insane’, in the centuries before we talked more openly about mental health difficulties. Our open spaces, our land, common land protected, not parcelled up and sold for development. Weathered stones still standing to remind us of ‘pest-houses’ that are long gone. Churches, some old, some new, some restored by the Victorians. Landscapes of war, smoothed over or still jagged, memorialised or not. All beyond the ‘historic core’ of central York. The well-known historic streets and buildings in the city centre become a bit crowded, and some of the tourist trail history can feel a little stale. Guy Fawkes was born in York, and Dick Turpin died in York, as we no doubt all know. Yet there have been many interesting individuals who have had a proper, long-lasting connection with the city and its surrounding areas, and their stories are less well-known. People who worked all their lives to relieve the sufferings of the poor and powerless. People who came here because of war or famine. People who were based at local airfields, during and after the Second World War. People who harvested crops in the fields in the 19th century. People who made a living from breeding and racing horses. People who had to choose sides during the Civil War. People who saw our suburbs burning. Their stories feature in these pages. In the York area we’re provided with a good network of cycle tracks and cycle lanes. Suggested routes in this book use the cycle tracks to get beyond the city centre, and then head for quiet country roads and bridleways, avoiding busy roads wherever possible. Those closer to the city centre use the ‘cycle-friendly’ routes. All the mapped routes were travelled and tested by a rather unfit forty-something on an old and basic bike. An account of the author's return to cycling – after many years of being bike-less – is included. (Cycling not compulsory - can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your sofa.)


Publication Date
Jul 24, 2010
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Lisa North


Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Royal (6.14 x 9.21 in / 156 x 234 mm)

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