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Sep 26, 2017 - Littlebeck to Robin Hoods Bay

Day 18 the last 12 miles. My last night on the holiday will be at Kirkby Stephen where my car was parked so I needed to do the last stage to arrive at Robin Hoods bay by no later than between 3pm and 4pm when the packhorse transport was due to leave opposite the Victoria hotel. For the first time I will not use my battered, bent and no longer foldable hiking poles that have been with me every step of the way. Instead as a sign of friendship to two lovely people Annemiek and Jet who were beside me on some difficult sections I will be walking...

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Sep 25, 2017 - Glaisdale to Intake farm Littlebeck

Day 17 about 9 miles Mindful of how quickly I covered the miles the day before I opted for a fairly late start and planned a stop in Grosmont about 4 miles away that has a railway station, including a line station for the North Yorkshire steam railway, as well as a shop or two and somewhere for coffee. I set off on the route the Fields and I had come back from the pub after bidding farewell to them, our hosts and an Irishman who will be walking with the Californians later. After passing the village railway station and viaduct I had a fairly...

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Sep 7, 2015 - Adventure day 10 - Whitby

Happy 25th birthday to my baby girl - can't believe you are a quarter of century. Where has the time gone? Today we are going to Whitby so an early start. Dave is not feeling 100% - some stomach pains - but we are still good to go. So we are on the road before 8.00am as it is a 3 hour drive. About half way there Dave started getting worse and all of a sudden asked to pull over as he was going to be sick - poor Carl was on the A1 and unable to pull up due to the curb - Dave couldn't hold it in - so that was a nice little mess to clean up....

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Our European/UK Trip

Aug 19, 2015 - Port of Whitby and Castle Howard

Day 10: August 20th - Port of Whitby & Castle Howard We took off for an optional tour to the Port Whitby. We crossed the heather-clad North York Moors National Park, where fields of wheat gave way to green grasses. More trees and dark green forests were seen now. Then the purple heather appeared in mounds and outcroppings. The hills began, some quite steep with switchbacks. Here we saw “Escape Lanes” signs for trucks (or buses) that lose their brakes going downhill. The moors are breeding grounds for grouse and pheasant and other “shooting...

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Apr 14, 2014 - Robin Hood's Bay & Whitby

This was a gorgeous day! We discovered a little fishing village called Robin Hood’s Bay not far from Whitby. You park your car at the station in the town above and walk down the hill to the Old Town. Narrow cobbled streets wind down towards the beach and on the way you pass tea rooms, tiny boutiques, book shops and antique sellers. Most businesses appear to have been here for many years and so have an old fashioned layout and a very welcoming feel when you enter. I had been feeling the cold around my head, so wanted to buy a beanie....

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Apr 13, 2014 - Littlebeck & Whitby

This morning we drove to Littlebeck where you can walk along a path through the woods to Falling Foss waterfall. We're learning a lot about the English language and in particular, the influence of the vikings on our modern tongue. Foss comes from the Norse 'fors' meaning waterfall! The pathway became muddy as we climbed higher along fern and moss lined slopes. The air was icy cold but we needed sunglasses as the sun was glaring. On a crest we came upon the Hermitage, which appeared to be a hollowed rock/cave. You can get right inside as...

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May 31, 2012 - Whitby

It rained all morning which limited my options. I finally decided to start off at the Whitby Museum but then had a hard time finding a parking spot anywhere near it. I was ready to give up & go home but went around the block one more time & got a reasonable spot. Whitby is a very busy little town, even in the rain – I hate to think what it’s like in the Summer, it must be bedlam. I walked up the hill through the park & of course had to go right around to the other side of the building before I found the entrance. I had my umbrella & it...

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May 30, 2012 - North Yorkshire Coast

Each time I drive into Whitby, I pass a sign just down the road which points to Robin Hood’s Bay & this morning I decided to investigate, thinking it was probably a waste of time. I was so surprised at what I found that I ended up spending the whole morning there. Like most places around here, traces of 3,000 year old Bronze Age burial grounds have been found on the headland then 1500 years later the Romans built a signal tower up there but what I found today was a charming fishing village built down very steep cliffs. You have to park at...

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May 29, 2012 - Middlesborough

Not a single abbey, castle or cathedral today, just a very pleasant railway journey & a most unusual bridge. I had to get up early to get into Whitby to catch the 8:50am Esk Valley train to Middlesborough which is a town of about 250,000, north of Whitby on the River Tees. The train took about 1½ hours & went along the River Esk, then across the North York Moors, roughly in the same direction as I went on Sunday but further & the train takes a different route. It was a nice change of pace & I could see a lot more of the country when I...

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May 28, 2012 - Whitby

Another day, another great abbey but this was also unfinished business from last year when it was blowing an absolute gale up on the cliffs where Whitby Abbey is situated. The wind was so strong we were very reluctant to go to some of the more exposed places & huddled behind any shelter we could find while we listened to the audio guide so we didn’t get a very good look at the abbey. Today was a total contrast - bright & sunny with no wind at all. I didn’t even need to climb the 199 steps from the town because the abbey parking lot is just...

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May 27, 2012 - Rievaulx Abbey

I’ve been overdoing the abbeys recently but this one was unfinished business. Sue & I stayed quite close to Rievaulx last year but on the day we chose to visit the abbey, we left before we’d seen it all because it started raining. To be honest, I’d never heard of Rievaulx before then but later I learned how important it was so had to come back & see it properly as I was so close. Also, there was a re-enactment group from York doing its thing this weekend, demonstrating various facets of Medieval life so that’s why I chose to go...

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May 26, 2012 - Scarborough

Whitby only has a very small supermarket, although they’re building a new Sainsbury’s on the outskirts of town. I needed groceries & Scarborough, which is 20 miles south of Whitby, is the closest town with decent supermarkets. I started off at the castle (a) because it’s run by English Heritage so is free with my membership & (b) because it’s situated on a bluff overlooking the town so I thought I’d get good views of Scarborough from there, which I did. Half the keep was blown up by Oliver Cromwell’s army in 1645 so there’s really not much...

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