Harewood House – Out And About

Having explored the stunning mansion that is Harewood House, we quickly grabbed some (delicious) lunch in their cafe then headed outside to explore the very extensive grounds. There are acres of gorgeous gardens set in a Capability Brown landscape – a lot to see. Son perked up again after food and water and was most…

Inside Harewood House

Sad to be leaving our Staithes cottage, we were also mighty excited to be seeing Son again after his week at camp. We left in good time for the drive to Harrogate, our plan was to collect him and then spend the day at nearby Harewood House. Our journey was good, we arrived to find…

Scarecrows and Spectacular Views

We passed through a little village called Hinderwell most days on our Yorkshire explorations.One of those places you drive through en route to somewhere else – that is until we spotted something strange going on. On our first day a rather stern looking police officer caught our eye… Each time we drove through more and…

Yorkshire Waterfalls and River Views

Our plan for this (unusual) sunny day was to hire bikes and cycle the Cinder Track. This former railway line runs between Scarborough and Whitby and promised a flat but scenic cycle route. We hadn’t brought our own bikes on this trip and when I happened to glance at the bike hire place the evening…

Exploring Staithes

We could not have picked a more perfect base for our Yorkshire explorations than the sleepy, quaint and utterly gorgeous village of Staithes. It was a lucky coincidence the cottage that most suited our (last minute) needs happened to be here. Staithes was never on my radar of places to visit, I’m glad we inadvertently…

Exploring Robin Hood’s Bay

A short drive from Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay, I remembered this place fondly from my childhood and was more than keen to return. We parked at the very top of the village – driving here is not recommended – and then set off to explore, downhill all the way. A steep but lovely descent…

A Ravenscar Hike

Browsing the touristy leaflets in our rental cottage, I came across an article about Ravenscar, a tiny place just beyond Whitby described as “the town that never was.” They had me at that, I wanted to go and see it for myself. Today it is no more than a hamlet set on spectacular cliffs. In…