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Otley Farmer’s Market

When we first opened the shop we used to trade 7 days a week but after several years realised that being so close to two supermarkets the turnover on a Sunday did not justify Keith and I being involved. So we decided to close Sundays and have a day of leisure. We usually go for a country walk or catch up on our own shopping.

This Sunday we went to the farmers’ market at Otley. It is held the last Sunday of each month. There are a good number of stalls selling all sorts of farmer fare. We came away with meat pies, quiche, beef, chicken, bread,  herbs and spices. It is going to take a bit longer to shed the Christmas pounds!

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There are plenty of opportunities for sport enthusiasts in Yorkshire. Headingley is the County Cricket ground, Elland Road is the home ground of Leeds United. For the racing fan there are 9 racecourses, flat and National Hunt. My favourite courses are Thirsk and Pontefract.

Malton and Middleham are major horse training centres and are well worth a visit.

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The Yorkshire countryside is outstanding and when Keith and I have spare time we love to go on a good walk. Yorevision is a group of volunteers who cleared rights of way, built or repaired stiles and bridges to create some beautiful walks. One of our favourites is the Roecliffe Ramble. From the village of Roecliffe you cross a field then follow the river through a wood to Westwick Lock and on to Newby Hall. Here you look across the river to see colourful gardens of the hall. We usually retrace our steps to the lock and then take another footpath through fields and come out the other side of Roecliffe. On  the walk there is plenty of wildlife and birds to see (we often see a heron) and depending on the time of year some lovely wild flowers.

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