We are making the most of the spectacular Autumn scenes, visiting East Riding and the Yorkshire Wolds to shoot the cover for our January issue.
I wandered all across the gentle hills of the Wolds, discovering that this area is steeped in history of all kinds. From the enormous Neolithic standing stone at Rudston, to abandoned Medieval villages and the birthplace of England’s tallest recorded man.
My first visit to the area took in the market towns of Pocklington, Market Weighton and Driffield, where hidden histories abound as you stroll through the streets.
Of course, one of the main draws of the area was Beverley, where the sights range from the fantastic Gothic architecture of the Minster, to the 500+ years of civic history at the Guildhall. I spent almost an entire day here, taking in as much history as I could and finishing up admiring North Bar, the only remaining brick-built town gate in the country.
I had a last look back at the town from the green expanse of Westwood, where the clay for North Bar’s bricks was quarried. The view across the town, with Minster rising proudly in the middle, is one of my favourite views in the area.
Last week, I was in East Riding with our long term Volvo XC40 and a twin-axle Sprite Super Quattro FB, ready to see even more gems from my base at Burton Constable Holiday Park. With such an elegant approach down the tree-lined driveway, and the grand gatehouse welcoming me to the site, not to mention the elegant bridge across the lake below the touring field, my expectations for visiting the Hall itself were pretty high.
The seaside towns on the coast also beckoned, with plenty of nature reserves to wander through in peace and quiet and the dramatic headland of Flamborough. It’s easy to see why people flocked to this coastline in the Victorian times, even without the length of Withernsea Pier to stroll along (a sad victim of storm damage and ship wrecks).
But first, we had a cover shoot to do – thankfully in beautiful sunshine!
Find out all about what I found on my adventures in the next issue, on sale 28 November.
I had a last look back at the town from the green expanse of Westwood, where the clay for North Bar's bricks was quarried