Exploring Whitby Abbey

A wonderful childhood holiday in Whitby left me wanting to return someday. Until this summer we never did, so on the morning of our planned day trip there I was excited. Just 11 miles and 20 minutes easy drive from our Staithes base, the weather was overcast and misty on arrival but the odd bit…

Underground at Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

A cup of steaming coffee brought our body temperatures back to something approaching normal after our Runswick Bay bracing walk and we drove the short distance to the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum. A popular spot on this miserable July day, tours had been booked up all day long. There were a couple of spaces left…

Runswick Bay in the Rain

The Yorkshire weather took a dramatic turn for the worse on the second day of our stay. We awoke to howling winds, pouring rain and temperatures more akin to December than July. Husband had spotted an Iron Stone Mine on the drive back yesterday, we figured we might as well be underground in this weather…

Exploring Saltburn by the Sea

Our first full day in Yorkshire and we drove along the coast from Staithes to the lovely old fashioned seaside resort of Saltburn by the Sea. Just twenty minutes easy drive but better than that, it was cloudy, overcast and chilly in Staithes but Saltburn had a (teeny) bit of sun and was a few…

Staying in Staithes

After our short stay in Co Durham we set off on the next stage of our trip – a week in Yorkshire. Son was going to a summer camp for a week, we had to drop off and pick up near Harrogate so figured we might as well squeeze a holiday in between – the…

Exploring Locomotion

During our short trip to Co Durham we stayed in a hotel just a stone’s throw from Shildon. Husband picked up a leaflet about a railway museum – Locomotion – in the town and we couldn’t leave without checking it out. We did in fact visit twice. The first time was on the morning we…

Kynren – A Really Epic Tale of England

Kynren was the main reason I wanted to visit County Durham in the summer. Having read about this spectacle with a cast of 1,500 re-enacting 2,000 years of history in 90 minutes I was hooked. They call it “an Epic Tale of England”, it takes place on weekend nights in August and September and as…