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Herriot Country

I'm a long-time fan of James Herriot. To read his descriptions of the Yorkshire Dales is nothing short of heaven to imagine. Reality Check: Are there other Herriot fans out there that have visited "Herriot Country" and if so, was it everything you hoped it would be? I guess I'm simply wondering if it is overrated or if it would be worth trying to include this area on an itinerary. Thanks so much.

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MOST DEFINIATILY!!!!! Have you seen any of the tv shows that was made from his books? If you have you will remember that they drive thru a "water splash" and over a "stone bridge. There is a loop that you can drive and you will drive thru the water splash and over that bridge. I have pictures of our daughters standing in the water splach and on the bridge. Wnsley Village church is where he got married in the tv series. They used The Wnsleydale Heifer pub in West Witton, we had a fantastic lunch there. You probably know that James HErriots's real name was James Wight. He used to go into Leyburn a lot to consult with another vet. They used The Bolton Arms there for the series, but he really did go in there a lot. We stayed at a B&B in Leyburn. The B&B owner, her father was best friends with James Wight partner Siegfried. When Siegfried's wife died he got really depressed and killed himself. Their office was in Thirsk at 23 Kirkgate.
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(con't) Down the road pass the office (about a block) is St. Mary Magdalene Church where James and Helen were married. My daughter has a beautiful picture of the church that she took, she made a clock in one corner of it and sent it to James Wight. She received a beautiful letter from her thanking her and said that he put it in the room where he wrote. You should see Rievaulx Abbey, its beautiful. We have so many fond memories of him, spending time with him on two trips, pitures with him. His son James is a vet in Thirsk and his daughter Rose is a daughter. Lambing season is a great time to be in the Yorkshire Dales. You should get the book James Herriot's Yorkshire, it's available from barnesandnoble.com. It shows all the places that he writes abouts and it will help you decide what you would want to see. If you would like to have the route numbers of the roads send me a private message, I would be happy to give you all the details. You would love the Yorkshire Dales. You should go.

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The Yorkshire Dales are ,for me, the most scenic area in england.Its all wondeful. Try Wharfedale, then over the tops to Wensleydale, Hardraw Buttertubs pass, Swaledale,Arkengarthdale, Tan Hill.And maybe back on the western side , seeing Ingleton Glens, and unmissable Malham.

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We picked up a car in York and drove to Edinburgh; gorgeous scenery and it was fun recognizing many of the towns & villages from Herriot's books.Do stop in Thirsk if you have time.