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The King's Fishpool
Having completed more than half of the walk along the city walls, there is quite a long stretch where there are no walls and you have to walk along a street. I wondered how it can be that York's city walls are called "complete" when there are no walls in this area, but apparently there never were walls here, so they are not missing, but never existed. Instead, there was a dam in the river Foss which was constructed under William the Conquerer and which created a lake. This lake was part of the defenses, and it was much bigger than it is today. Now there is only a small part of it left, called The King's Fishpool. This happened because during the 18th and 19th century, the river and lake became dryer and dryer, and finally the river was canalized and most of the water supply was cut off, leaving only a smaller pond.
The pond is now located next to a large road (Foss Island Road), so the atmosphere is not that nice, but the pond itself looked still very pretty and I also saw some fish and birds.
Adress: Foss Island Road
Directions: Between Red Tower and Monk bar
Dick Turpin's grave
England's most famous highwayman might have been from Essex and have had relations to Derby but he spent so much time in York he actually died here. His grave can be found if you continue down to the cemetary behind the Castle Museum and Walmgate. I remember how I watched the TV series about him as a nine-year-old in Sweden so it was of course a must to visit the grave once I came to York :) In fact, I used to draw him and his horse on my bedroom wall...
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Cold War Bunker
A nrew attraction in 2006 is the York Cold War Bunker. This semi submerged nuclear bunker is also known as the Aztec Temple due to its Ziggurat design. The bunker was fully operational from the 1960s to the 1990s and kept in a state of readiness in case of nuclear attack.
Thankfully an attack or war seems unlikely now and this is Yorks latest attraction.
It is off Acomb Road and about a mile from the city centre in Monument Close.
Admission is expensive at £5.00 ( as at May 2006) and you must pre book a visit by telephoning first.
It's easy to miss Holy Trinity church, off Goodramgate. Its tiny, peaceful churchyard is hidden behind Lady Row (some of the oldest houses in England) and is reached by a short alleyway. The church dates from the 1400's, although there was a church on the site as early as 1082. The interior is exactly as it was in the 1700's, complete with box pews black with age. Very evocative, and very peaceful.
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Watch the night sky through a telescope!!!
Well this is not exactly off the beaten path but it fits in appropriately as far as the settings are concerned!!! The York Astronomical Society has it's observatory with a few very good telescopes a little outside the main city of York for members of the society and guests too for a night of astronomical observations using their Meade 125mm refractor telescope (and others too). The picture includes the Chairman Martin Dawson and Martin Whipp who is the editor of Algol - their monthly newsletter!!! Also in the picture is David and Debbie Brigham and a couple of other amateur astronomers including me!!!
Between the major streets of York are innumerable tiny alleyways or shortcuts between shops and markets. Some snickelways are long, like Coffee Yard (by the Red Devil on Stonegate) where Barley Hall can be found, whereas the delightfully named Pope's Head Alley is only 31 inches wide!
York Model Railway
This looks like quite a different exhibit. If you are a model railway fan or builder, this is definitely a must see for you. Find it beside the York rail station.
Off the Shambles
While wandering down the Shambles, one of my friends saw a little lane and went down to see what was there. She found a little oasis of peace. A church yard and old church away from the streams of tourists not 50 yards away.
While i was making my way down the same street, i investigated a sign leading me between two buildings and out to a small market courtyard. These are the kinds of little interesting discoveries you can make in York, even while traversing the main tourist "drag".
Walking through this historical town
Not really off the beaten path, but a walk around York’s city walls will take you through 1900 years of history.
First built in Roman times, they have been added to and rebuilt over time – so that different parts date from different centuries.
As such, they tell the important and fascinating history of York. And as King George VI once said, 'The history of York is the history of England.' York’s city walls are among the longest and best-preserved walls in England. They are a scheduled ancient monument and a Grade One listed building. They are visited by over one million people from all over the world every year.
Originally built as defences, the focus is now on conservation.
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A good long walk into town...
A good long walk into town from the North of the city. Park your car in the Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride, but then walk to the back of this area and follow the path through the gates and across the cattle grids. Take a left heading towards the town and this will take you down towards the River Ouse and eventually right into the centre of town.
There is so much amazing architecture and churches all around York that sometimes the little details can be overlooked. I spotted this statue up above High Petergate....
Guy Fawke's House
From what I recall this is where the infamous Guy Fawkes was born. It's right by York Minster and kind of interesting to see.
The general people's houses. I...
The general people's houses. I knew it was the common that two household lived one house separated half inside it!!
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