An ace(r) time to visit!

Thorp Perrow
Thorp Perrow
Thorp Perrow

Sorry for the awful pun, but now is a brilliant time to visit Thorp Perrow Arboretum near Bedale as the acers are a fabulous blaze of colour as well as many other trees which are also looking wonderful.

We hired a scooter (for £1), the ‘off-road’ type and they give you a map which shows the wheelchair accessible paths. I would imagine pushing someone round might be rather hard work as there are no smooth paths and in fact some were really bumpy, but most are either grass or fine gravel. It can get muddy so it’s best to after a dry spell.

Thorp Perrow
Thorp Perrow

We had forgotten it was half term and there were Hallowe’en things going on and the place was packed but there were also lots of people who were there to admire the trees – as you can see from the photos, it didn’t spoil the views. Even the ones in the carpark looked great!

Despite it being busy, we and the friends we were meeting managed to snaffle an outdoor table – it was just mild enough – and there was still plenty of choice of cakes!

Loos including spacious accessible ones are available at the café and the bird of prey centre.

Thorp Perrow
Thorp Perrow

The staff were really busy but were pleasant and helpful – as we left, someone came with us to bring the scooter back from the car.

 

 

 

We’ve always visited Thorp Perrow in spring before to see the bluebells but an Autumn visit is definitely worth it too.

Thorp Perrow
Thorp Perrow
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Physiofunction

Physiofunction is a physiotherapy clinic specialising in helping people rehabilitate after a stroke or brain injury or with neurological conditions such as MS or cerebral palsy. They have treatment centres around the country and also do home visits.

Physiofunction

I’ve had sessions with two different staff members based in the York area and both were really pleasant and friendly as well as being very knowledgeable and good at explaining the reasoning behind the exercises they were showing me. The exercises were to do with core stability and balance and they really help – as long as I keep doing them!

Of course it’s not cheap but it is definitely worthwhile. Their website gives a lot more detail, of course and you can search for a centre near you.

Great places for Autumn colours

Roundhay Park, Leeds

Bit chillier now but we’re still getting plenty of sunshine so a great time to catch some lovely Autumn colours. Rowntree Park in York is starting to look good and I know

Roundhay Park, Leeds
Roundhay Park, Leeds

Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam and Golden Acre in Leeds, Fountains Abbey, Ripon and Thorp Perrow near Bedale will soon be looking spectacular!