Riding the Steam Train to Pickering

Having explored all the nooks and crannies of Whitby we found ourselves back there the very next day. Just a brief stop as we were in town to catch the steam train. This heritage railway run by volunteers takes you through 24 miles of Yorkshire countryside to Pickering. We easily located the quaint ticket office…

Whitby Wandering

Our plan for the rest of the day in Whitby was just to wander and go where the fancy took us. The old town area is possibly my favourite part. Clustered around the 199 steps are a maze of narrow cobbled streets, tiny alleyways and loads of shops selling black jet jewellery, a minor gemstone…

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…