Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Walmgate Stray and The Retreat, York
This is Walmgate Stray, an area of common land you can find not so far outside York's city wall. I entered if via a gate on Heslington Road and The Retreat (which we came across when discussing the Tuke family) lies behind the wall on the left.
In the distance you can see the edge of the university campus. When I was there it was much smaller - one of the attractions of York was that it was quite a small university with a pleasing mix of state school successes and private school failures.
The wall of the Retreat keeps you company all the way down the hill. Follow it round to the left and you will see this plaque. I expect there are some Tukes in there too.