John O'Groats to Land's End - My Birthday and Rest Day 1

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My Birthday Rest Day

Saturday 31st July 2010

Today was my birthday and therefore a rest day with the family. A leisurely breakfast was the best present I could of asked for. Especially, when you have been burning thousands of calories you feel justified in eating everything on the menu. The rest of the morning was spent doing laundry. Searching for a laudrette turned out to be more of a challenge than I'd expected. If I'd known we were to waste so much time I think I might of just hand washed and drip dried. Anyway having tracked down one and gone through the wash and dry cycles it was after midday.

York City Walls with family

The rest of day was spent with the family visiting York. We walked the city walls before I began to get ravenously hungry in spite of my extra large breakfast. After walking some of the cobbled streets including the famous Shambles I found a bakery where I got some hot sausage rolls. This eased my starving stomach that hadn't realised that I wasn't cycling today.

The Shambles in York

A bit more site seeing; a visit to a old traditional sweet shop and then a street stall where a man using a cycle powered saw created artistically carved name plates. Rhea and James each got one of these for their bedroom doors. It was then time to head for an early dinner.

York Minister

For my birthday dinner we had chosen the Pizza Express by the river which we had visited on a previous holiday. Set in a listed building used in Victorian times as a gentleman's club the restaurant is very popular and so we had a thirty minute wait before getting a table. Starter, main course and pudding later, it was about 7:30pm. After paying, we took a short walk through the grounds of the ruined abbey before returning along the city walls to the car park.

Family Photo on York City Walls.

After leaving the city center we stopped to show the children The Herdsmans Cottage. This is a grade II listed building where my grandparents had lived and I grew up as a child knowing and loving the house and gardens.

The Herdsmans Cottage

Back at the B&B there was time for me to open some cards and presents before settling down for the night.