Saturday, 25 February 2012
First there was the London Eye and now many of Britain's cities seem to be following the trend for a "Big Wheel" visitor attraction. Actually I've never been on the Eye (I will, one day) but when I saw the Yorkshire Wheel in the gardens of York's 'Royal York Hotel', I decided to treat myself to a twirl. Yes... even though it was windy and the capsules were swaying quite a lot! They are enclosed, so I didn't fear I'd fall out.
Being so sunny and windy, it was a clear day and you could see for miles from the top of the ride. York sits in a flat plain - the Vale of York - so that means the view goes on forever. There was a commentary through speakers in the capsule, but being deaf I couldn't hear a word so I just had to guess what I was seeing. The most noticeable far-away feature was a large power-station with huge cooling towers, which I took to be the huge one at Drax. You get a lovely view of the Minster too, of course.
I had not realised til I was writing this blog and Googling as I go (!) that the Wheel is so new - it was only opened just before Christmas, though it replaced an earlier structure in the grounds of the National Railway Museum.
Pictures from up top tomorrow....