We went to the North York Moors this weekend, Easter but the weather was lovely and we had a wonderful time wandering around the hills and valleys. My trusty point and shoot did its job and I continued playing with the “panorama” feature to give you a feel of what it was like.
This is a scene taken not far from the North York Moors Centre near Danby, we went out for a four mile circular tour and a great time was had by all.
However, the highlight of the weekend had to be a visit to the International Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park, Helmsley. Their website (here) doesn’t do them justice. It could appear that the centre is a “couple of barns in a field” but it isn’t, its excellent. The people there are really keen, knowledgeable and interested in what they do. Make sure you have time to see the flying displays (although finding things to do between the displays can be difficult, there are only so many birds you can look at and photograph). We arrived at about 12:30 so had some time before the first display, its probably better to arrive just before the first display and then look around to fill in time so that you can wait for a second when they will show different birds.
Both Charlie Heap and Annabelle de Chazal are knowledgeable, informative and amusing speakers and despite the rain we had a wonderful show. The only difficulty was that the third bird (a hybrid falcon) decided that it would not return which cut short the display as they were not prepared to show the final bird as there was a chance that the falcon could return and then they would have had problems.
It was an interesting time for all of us, children and adults so something I would recommend.