Our first trip out of the day was to the gorgeous surroundings of Fountains Abbey and as well as giving us a chance to stretch our legs (and paws) and take some great photos we also got to use our National Trust cards for the first time too.
Fountains Abbey is one of our favourite places and with the snowdrops out it was extra special - if a little busy with people, but it is such a large space it's quite easy to find some space for yourself.
After a few hours of enjoying the abbey and a quick lunch break we then headed into the nearby town of Harrogate for a mooch around.
It being a Saturday afternoon not surprisingly the town centre was busy with shoppers but again we managed to find out the quieter areas for a look around some of the more unique and quirky shops as opposed to the usual High Street offer.
It was then back to Carr Well Barn for tea, supper and another great night's sleep.
Sunday sunrise was even more spectacular and we took advantage of the fantastic light and the nearby pond for some awesome reflection photos.
Again we'd been to Brimham rocks before - just once ... and in the fog so it was great to visit again in the daylight so you could fully enjoy and marvel at the different formations as well as the superb views.
With Navi safely on a lead and Simon "walking her" we spent a great few hours here exploring what is quite a large area and also marvelling at how cavalier some parents were with their young children as they scrambled up some seriously steep formations!
Soon it was time to head back again for our Sunday night dinner of Chilli and a slop down in front of the TV.
Simon, Lucy and Navi headed home Sunday evening due to work commitments the day after, and with Adam , we headed back on the Monday after a great weekend.
We've stayed in a load of places but this was one of the best both from a location as well as a standard of fixtures and fittings. Jan the owner of Carr Well barn was great and made sure we felt completely at home.
We would thoroughly recommend Harrogate and its surrounding areas to anyone - theres loads to do but the problem is dragging yourself away from Carr Well Barn to do it!
More photos can be found on our photos page.
Carr Well Barn
Don't expect globe-trotting reports from the Himalayas. We do like a good holiday and break every now and then and also some simple days out not too far away from home. No bucket lists just some common places done differently.....