Yorkshire Coastal Resorts – Which is your favourite?? Filey, Scarborough, Robin Hoods Bay or Whitby…

What a delight it’s been discovering that there are even more beautiful beaches in our amazing country than we were aware of! These resorts tend to be a little quieter than their counterparts in Cornwall – with the exception perhaps of Whitby 🙂

I thought I’d pop this poll on to see if people agree with our personal favourites 🙂

Okay, so over the course of the last week or so we have visited all 4 of these resorts from our base in Flamborough – meaning that Filey is closest to us, then Scarborough, then Robin Hoods Bay and finally Whitby.  (You might want to get a cuppa before continuing with this post!  Or read it in shifts.  Sorry…!)

The first resort we visited was Filey over a week ago now.  We were totally charmed by this place.  We parked by the side of the road in Church Ravine (there are parking charges, and make sure to keep those kids safely in the car until you’re ready to cross over to the pavement).  Walking down towards the beach one of the 1st things we saw were the donkeys taking kids for rides – it’s been years since I saw donkeys on the beach.  I also have a feeling that my own kids may never have experienced this particular delight – put me right boys if I’m wrong here!

To the left of this entrance to the beach, and the donkeys, is the area where you will find a small number of amusements and traditional seaside shops and cafes, as well as another section of beach (not quite so sandy) and the traditional fishing cobles parked up.  The lifeboat station is also here.

We turned right for a very pleasant wander along the seafront.  Along here there was a crazy golf course, a number of sculptures, a paddling pool, a hopscotch outline with fish sculptures to jump on and deckchairs & beach huts for hire!

Part of Filey’s history involves early planes taking off and landing on the beach, and an early flying school being established here.  The following information board is really interesting and well worth a read 🙂 Continue reading “Yorkshire Coastal Resorts – Which is your favourite?? Filey, Scarborough, Robin Hoods Bay or Whitby…”

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A long walk in Lincolnshire. Discovering Louth & Woodhall Spa

We knew that there was a large reservoir, Covenham Reservoir, close by so decided to walk on Saturday to find it.  We took the canal path from about 200m away from the campsite, past the old mill – the possibilities of what could be done with that place!

We quickly came across several cows grazing alongside the canal and then went through a gate to a section where cows clearly hadn’t been grazing for some time (they were on the other side of the canal here), which made for a lot of concentration; making sure that we didn’t step in cow pats, brush past nettles and thistles or fall off the bank!

We stumbled across the correct route completely by accident; coming to a narrow bridge across the river and finding a public bridleway crossing diagonally across the fields.  From here we found a farmyard equipment graveyard lining the track down past a farm.

Again, completely by chance, we looked right at the right spot to see steps leading up the side of the reservoir and a stile to a footpath across the field.  It was quite a steep climb and at the top we sat on the wall overlooking the water (quite a feat for me trying to get up onto the wall with my short legs and lack of agility these days!) and ate our lunch, before walking all the way around the reservoir.

We were surprised at how quiet it was on a sunny Saturday in the school holidays, but guess it was due to it being the 1st weekend of the holidays with people perhaps disappearing away on holiday.  We chatted to a lad who was there with his jetski who told us it’s normally really busy.  He and his mate had the water to themselves! Continue reading “A long walk in Lincolnshire. Discovering Louth & Woodhall Spa”

The Beautiful beaches of Lincolnshire – Cleethorpes to Anderby Creek

After leaving Fulbeck we found a wonderful little site in Austen Fen (which can only be described as a small settlement) near Louth.  Actually we were told about it by a fellow camper in Fulbeck.  And it was just perfect!

We stayed for 8 nights and only had company for 3 of those nights!  There was even a resident Barn Owl that Calv was privileged to see twice – although he wasn’t able to get any photos unfortunately.  I’m sure I heard it on the roof dragging it’s prey one night in the early hours!

On our 1st day here we popped up the coast to visit Cleethorpes.  We were pleasantly surprised, it wasn’t what we were expecting at all!  Sure it was a little old fashioned and tired in places, with lots of amusements and typical seaside resort attractions.  However, it is really well kept and has a nice feel about it.  The beach was lovely too with what seemed like miles of sand in sight 🙂 Again, not what we were expecting!

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Thorness, Cleethorpes

The following day we decided to visit some of the lesser known beaches of Lincolnshire, via the market town of Alford (which was a bit of a detour admittedly…)  Although we didn’t stop in Alford it looked to be a very pleasant place.  It has a working windmill that you can visit which, of course, includes a teashop.

From here the 1st beach we visited was Anderby Creek, just a little north of Chapel St Leonards.  What a find!  Continue reading “The Beautiful beaches of Lincolnshire – Cleethorpes to Anderby Creek”

Historic Lincoln – Sunday is a good day to visit!

I haven’t been to Lincoln since I was 15 so was really looking forward to this trip.  From Fulbeck we took the A607 and passed through several pretty villages; Leadenham, Welbourn, Navenby, Boothby Graffoe… On arriving in Lincoln we managed to drive onto a pedestrian only area (it wasn’t obvious!) We then found an NCP car park close to the city centre and by the river to park in.

Now this was expensive – £7.80 for up to 4 hours (no option for 3 hours).  But if we’d parked any further out I think it would probably have been too far to walk.  If anyone knows of a better and cheaper place to park please feel free to share!

Anyway we found our way to the shopping area by walking through an alleyway between 2 very old buildings.  There were many such buildings to admire, but after a spot of lunch we headed for the cathedral, which dominates the skyline and a very impressive sight it is too.

Before making it to the cathedral itself though we had to negotiate Steep Hill, which is very well named 🙂 (Look at the angle of that building on the left…)

This is a charming mediaeval street, approx. 1/4 mile long, Continue reading “Historic Lincoln – Sunday is a good day to visit!”

An 18 mile cycle around Rutland Water

I’m going back 2 weeks now to our trip around Rutland Water.  The main point of visiting this area was to go around this reservoir.

Built in the early 70’s the area lost Lower (or Nether) Hambleton and much of Middle Hambleton (some of which survives as the promontory jutting out into the reservoir (an extra 7 miles on your bike ride if you choose to take it – we drove another day!)  At low water it is still possible to see the foundations of some of the buildings that were demolished (which included a mediaeval cottage…)

You can read here about some of the dwellings that were lost – quite an interesting read (if a bit long..!)

The reservoir is now a bustling and well used leisure area.  The day we cycled around it we were most certainly not alone – they were hundreds of others cycling or walking the route (perhaps not all the way around though!), as well as hundreds more enjoying the facilities available around the water or sailing, kayaking or paddle boarding on the water.

It was wonderful to see so many people out and about enjoying the big outdoors 🙂

One day we will have a go on that obstacle course 🙂 Continue reading “An 18 mile cycle around Rutland Water”

In the footsteps Her Majesty the Queen – a visit to Sandringham House

We knew that we couldn’t leave this area of Norfolk without visiting Sandringham – it was less than 10 miles from where we were staying after all.

This is such a lovely part of the world.  As you leave the main road and head towards Sandringham itself you find yourself driving along a wide tree-lined avenue; here you can park up for a picnic and to take walks in the woods.

Having already had lunch we continued to the spot where you find the house and church on the right side of the road (neither visible from the road), and on the left a large open area and a shop, café and toilets adjacent to the, free, parking.

The cost to visit the house, gardens and museum is £15.50 for each adult (£10 each if you don’t want to visit the house).  It is worth it – the house is charming, and knowing that the royals use it as a much loved home in the winter makes it all the more special.

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As you enter you immediately see items that the royals use daily whilst in residence, and there are numerous members of staff on hand to give you those little details that bring everything to life.  We even met a lady who is on the winter staff and so was able to tell us that ‘this is where the queen sits when going through her correspondence each morning with her lady in waiting..’

 

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The entrance to the Saloon at Sandringham

 

The house is owned by the Queen and all the contents belong to her personally as well.  It really is an interesting and informative tour, but no photography is allowed inside the house, which is understandable (although it doesn’t stop people from trying it on..)

The museum is housed in the old coach house and stables.  There is so much to see here including carriages, cars, bicycles, even a fire-engine!

In the old stables, still complete, with the original stalls, is a tearoom – I had a rather nice slice of Victoria sponge in here 🙂

The gardens are beautiful with various walks, the lake and a ‘nest’ visible across the lake towards the house.

Eventually you come to the church which is rather lovely.  The altar-piece and pulpit are both very ‘rich’ – clearly crafted from silver.  There are plagues to many royals evident within the church.

The following day we moved on to Stamford as we wanted to go to Rutland Water.  In the afternoon we visited Stamford itself, a very pretty stone built town with several churches, a pretty riverside and a number of independent shops & pubs as well as the usual chains.

There used to be a castle here which is explained on an information board near the river.

We had a quick drink before heading back to the van.  We didn’t choose the best establishment, but it was a good spot for people watching!

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The following day we cycled around Rutland Water and I will recount this in my next post 🙂

Ely – a dream come true :)

As I said in a previous post I’ve always wanted to visit Ely (Eel-ee. Not Eel-i), and I still have no idea why (although this morning my sister has given me some ideas – which make me thing maybe I once saw it the old Holiday programme when it was hosted by Cliff Michelmore).

That said today was the day (Monday 26th June 2017) that I finally fulfilled my long held dream 😊

Ely didn’t disappoint. From parking in the cathedral car park and looking for the pay machine to find that there isn’t one. Because the parking is free!!

This isn’t a big city and we were soon within sight of the cathedral itself. And what an impressive sight it is. Before heading towards it though we saw a sign for Oliver Cromwell’s house (he lived here for 10 years and his 2 youngest children were born here – of 9 children in total).

 

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Our 1st sight of Ely Cathedral

It cost £4.90 each to visit the house and, whilst very interesting (I learned much that I wasn’t aware of about Cromwell), we only got to see a small number of the rooms. I’m also not entirely sure that the ‘coverage’ wasn’t a little biased towards Cromwell! I still can’t decided whether he was a hero or a villain – as they ask you to do at the end of the tour! I still veer towards villain but feel I need a little more study before I can make my mind up for sure!

 

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Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely

It was now lunchtime so we set off in search of somewhere to eat. We eventually settled on Julia’s Tearoom, which was very nice (and the cakes looked scrummy) but we nearly didn’t go in as the frontage wasn’t overly welcoming (a quick clean of the windows might help a little!)

Finally we were ready to head for the cathedral itself. It really is magnificent, but we were disappointed to find that there was a charge of £8 plus £7 each to go on the Octagonal Tower tour – £30 between us to visit seemed excessive. There’s also a Stained Class Window museum. At £4.50 each…

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I really wanted to go in but Calv wasn’t bothered so I went in while he wandered around the town. The cathedral is beautiful, particularly the lantern at the top of the octagonal tower. The tour takes you to the top of this tower and gives many insights into the history of the cathedral.

This is not the original tower. That collapsed in the 14th century! (As we’re visiting many churches and cathedrals I’m finding out that this isn’t actually that rare an occurrence!)
The tour was excellent. Apart from the fact that the guide could be a little rude and impatient. I can live with that though. Also the higher you ascended the narrower the spiral stairways became, and you have some tiny doorways to squeeze through – the smallest being just 18 inches wide 😊

 


This cathedral has the largest Lady Chapel I have ever seen – very impressive.  I also really loved the mix of ancient and modern inside the church, with some new sculptures being present.  I went to find Calv when I left the cathedral (luckily he had his phone with him for once! Although he didn’t have any cash….)

If you turn left on leaving the cathedral you will soon come across a large stone gateway. Walking through here you find yourself taking a path through a park. Crossing a road you can see the river ahead of you, packed with barges and riverboats. This small section of park has a sculpture of an eel.

The riverside is rather lovely with a couple of pubs and cafes along the banks. We had a drink in The Cutter Inn sat watching the world go by.


Wandering back up through town we were charmed by the little town centre.


This is a lovely little city – a visit is a must if you’re in the area 😊