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…

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…