The stories behind The Gap Year Edit’s twelve top Instagram pictures of 2016

Yup, it’s that time of year again … where I share the stories behind the scenes from your twelve most-liked 2016 pictures from The Gap Year Edit’s Instagram account.

#12. Bamburgh, Northumberland, England

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The beautiful beach at Bamburgh, Northumberland

I got my feet wet taking this picture in May – the beach at Bamburgh, Northumberland. Miles and miles of sandy wonderfulness, with a medieval castle overseeing it all. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone about it!

#11. The Sage Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England

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The very shiny Sage Gateshead

This picture from July was taken from the top of The Baltic arts centre, looking out over the banks of the River Tyne. Gateshead – and the iconic Sage Gateshead – sits on the left; the vibrant city of Newcastle on the right. The Sage opened in 2004 and is a celebrated concert and live music venue.

#10. Berlin, Germany

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uniformly incredible apartments on Karl-Marx Allee

I loved this pic, taken on a July city break to Berlin. It’s of Karl-Marx-Allee, the example of Berlin architecture that made me wonder if Communist-era apartment blocks could actually be the epitome of cool. I wrote about this and other cool Berlin buildings here.

#9. Beningbrough Hall, near York, North Yorkshire, England

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photogenic trees abound in Beningbrough Hall’s parkland

This rather fine specimen of a tree can be found in the grounds of Beningbrough Hall, a red-bricked Georgian mansion 9 miles north of York. Beningbrough makes for a rather fine day out from York by bike, as we discovered in June.

#8. Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England

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Ecclesiastical symmetry at Fountains Abbey

Your 8th most liked photo was from my April visit to Fountains Abbey, a former Cisterian monastery located near Ripon in North Yorkshire. There are some rather lovely walks through the gardens, but it was the former abbey itself that got my attention: gotta love a bit of ecclesiastical symmetry!

#7. Berlin, Germany

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Gorgeous uninterrupted views from the Victory Tower

Another shot from Berlin – this time a rather fine view from the Victory Tower, aka the Siegessäule. Try saying that after a few beers! (Confession: I may have been drinking wine in one of the Tiergarten beer gardens before schlepping up the steps to the top of this tower and taking this photo).

#6. Comala, Colima, Mexico

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Sunset over Comala, Mexico – magic!

Mexico, god I love Mexico. The sky bestowed upon us the full hue of colourful delights whilst staying in the “Pueblo Mágico” (magical town) of Comala back in October. Pinky swear I’ll finally get round to writing about our trip there in the New Year 🙂

#5. Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire, England

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Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire, complete with a very keen runner!

If you step on it, you can climb Roseberry Topping from car park to summit in nineteen minutes; as Andrew and I discovered in October. You will be knackered by the time you reach the summit, though! The reward all around is stupendous views: this one’s looking back up to Roseberry Topping from one of the many footpaths that criss-cross this northern-most part of the North Yorkshire Moors.

#4. Saltaire, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

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reflections in the Leeds-Liverpool canal at Saltaire, West Yorkshire

Reflections ahoy in the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, which flows aside the former industrial mill town of Saltaire, near Bradford. The mills that thrived during the Victorian era and beyond are now home to offices and (on the opposite side of the canal out of shot) the wonderful Salts Mill, complete with David Hockney exhibits. We visited on a rather chilly March day.

#3. Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England

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The undercroft at Fountains Abbey

I had a lot of fun snapping pictures here, the undercroft of Fountains Abbey. Another shot from my April visit, it was quite a feat to capture this scene without hoards of visitors wandering through.

#2. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

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On the 199 steps in Whitby, North Yorkshire

There’s something magical about the North Yorkshire coast. Whitby’s old town, for example, looms under the shadow of a graveyard and a ruined Benedictine abbey, both inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. Dress up here in blood-drenched clothing on one of the twice-yearly Goth Weekends and no-one will bat an eyelid. Or, on a brisk March day, take photos looking back down the 199 steps (count ‘em) to the Abbey.

And your favourite Gap Year Edit Instagram picture of 2016 was …

#1. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Whitby at Golden Hour - The Gap Year Edit Instagram pictures 2016

Gorgeous Whitby at Golden Hour, your favourite 2016 picture

Yes, Whitby again! The red-tinged daylight of golden hour, just before sunset, had Andrew and I running ‘round Whitby like demons (or Dracula!) possessed. This picture, taken at the bottom of the 199 steps up to the Abbey, captured the moment perfectly.

There you have it. Why not have a read of last years’ favourites? Follow along on The Gap Year Edit’s Instagram for pictures of my mildly adventurous travels from both UK shores and further afield.

Have you ever visited somewhere having only seen a photo? Did it live up to the pictures?

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