Having decided that the out door living area needed some tender loving care, I took my self off to Langlands to buy lavender. I later returned £55 lighter, how does that happen?!
Landlands is a large garden centre at Shiptonthorpe about 6 miles to the south east of Pocklington on the A1078 Hull Road. It has lots of gorgeous things to buy, along with a lovely cafe.
Since the next door hedge took a severe haircut, I felt the seating area on the patio had lost a little privacy, so I installed some bamboo screening along one side. I’m loving the effect, it makes it more of a sun trap than it already was.
I’m also loving the ladybugs and the bumble bee climbing up the screen.
The next step was to brighten up the old dolly tub in the corner that was hosting a fine selection of weeds.
The tub has been drilled for water drainage and I’ve planted it with English Lavender and Clematis. I’m hoping the Clematis will grow up the trellis and also the other direction to spill over the railings.
Next I installed the BBQ stand that Gavin made. Precision engineering in stainless steel at its best!
Finally I snapped a couple of pictures of the garden for the website, as I’d had some feedback from a guest that they hadn’t realised there was a garden.
If like me, you can’t bear the thought of walking there and back, and need a circular walk…here’s my top short circular Pocklington dog walk. The route is mainly footpaths and tracks, with a short road section. Offering some lovely views over Pocklington town.
This short Pocklington walk is 0.7 miles, and should take 15-20 minutes. It took us 25 this morning as I stopped to take pictures, and Bonnie seemed to having a ‘slow’ day!
Like most of the walks from The Bungalow you’ll start by crossing the road and taking the public foot path up the hill sign posted Kilnwick Percy. Walk up the hill and across Gus Walker Drive. Continue climbing steeply up the steps until the path levels out and divides. You will need to turn bear here. Walk along the left of the hedge by the side of the golf course.
You will now find your self on Chapel Hill. Which was an outstanding beauty spot in Pocklington before the housing development which now covers most of the hillside. When you reach a chalk path, turn left, this will take you down the hill. Here you will see some lovely views over Pocklington.
Looking in to the distance on a clear day you should be able to spot the power stations. From the left to right they are named Drax, Eggborough and Ferrybridge. On an evening you might be lucky enough to catch a stunning sunset over the town.
Descend the hill and on reaching the bottom turn left along Denison Road. After the house numbered 14 turn left again up an alleyway/snicket/ginnel (delete…depending on where you’re from!).
On exit from the alleyway/snicket/ginnel turn left again and then right up the steep hill, back onto St Helens Road to complete your Pocklington dog walk!
Completing the Way of the Roses cycle route in 4 days in 2016 was my inspiration for turning The Bungalow, Pocklington into an Airbnb.
The Way of The Roses cycle route runs from Morecambe to Bridlington covering 170 miles. Here’s my story…
Feeling very adventurous I set off on my own, and cycled Route 66 the Pocklington to York section, where I caught the train to Lancaster. The cycle from there to Morecambe bay was easy, and I was the first of our group to arrive.
Day 1 Morecambe to Settle.
On the morning of day 1 we dipped our tyres in the sea. Posed for a few photos and then cycled our first 36 miles to Settle. The route started easily, and became a little more challenging as we reached Settle.
Day 2 Settle to Bishop Thornton.
Day 2 saw us challenge the infamous high hill lane out of Settle, and I’m not ashamed to say that we all walked a fair part of it. There’s no shame in walking I always say, the only shame is not getting your bike out in the first place! High Hill Lane is a long brutal climb with slopes up to 30%. My legs and lungs will never forget.
Near the end of day 2 we had a slight detour via Brimham Rocks, which was well worth it.
Day 3 Bishop Thornton to Pocklington.
On day 3 Bishop Thornton to Pocklington, we saw the hills turn into gentle undulations and the scenery become more cultured as we passed by Fountains Abbey, Beningborough Hall and York Minster. Obviously on the night of day 3 we stayed at The Bungalow in Pocklington!
Day 4 Pocklington to Bridlington.
On our 4th and final day we cycled the last 44 miles to Bridlington. This was my least favourite day. We had left behind the stunning scenery and the well known landmarks, and the weather took a turn for the worse. When we stopped for refreshments at Sewerby Hall, it took great strength of character to get back on the bike! The only photos taken on day 4 were at the end.
Arriving in Bridlington in the rain, I’ve never been more glad of a cup of tea!
In case you’re wondering…no I didn’t cycle home!!
I felt way of the roses 4 days was a very manageable length of time for our group. We were able to enjoy the scenery and didn’t feel rushed at any of the stops we made, thoroughly recommended. Just for the record The Way of the Roses total ascent was 7621 ft!!