A beautiful sunny, Sunday drive
06.09.2015 - 06.09.2015 24 °C
We enjoyed our Steam train ride from Pickering to York, so decided to do a coastal trip. It was a beautiful sunny day. We drove through the Yorkshire Moors. What a beautiful site with the moors a sea of purple from all the wild heather growing there. There were lots of people out walking or bIking through the heather on the Moors. Our first stop was going to be Hartlepool. We changed our minds when we started to drive in and found that this seemed to be a big industrial city. To get to the other side we had to cross over the river Tees. This was one of the longest bridges that we have driven over, it looked very new. It was one of those suspended bridges. It was a long way down. The first stop was Staithes, Captain Cook Village in North Yorkshire in Scarborough District. Captain Cook worked in Staithes as a grocers apprentice from 1745 - 1746. It was here he gained his passion for the sea. This was an important fishing village at the time. There are still fisherman working from here. Getting out to sea would be interesting especially when the sea is rough. The car park was up above the village with a steep walk to the village. This place was charming with its interesting shops and houses, art galleries and alley ways. The view of the sea was picturesque. There were about 8 artists here painting the views. We wandered around then found a cafe by the waterfront selling sandwiches so stopped for lunch and enjoyed the view. This would be a great place to stay a night. Soon it was time to head back up the hill. We found the interesting town of Ravenscar, the town that didn't happen. One man of importance didn't want a train track on his property, so the track had to go through a tunnel. The train drivers hated the wet tunnel. The train line was closed some years back. Our next stop was Robin Hood Bay. Fisherman, sea Captain, smugglers and dinosaurs have all left their mark here. Smuggling was profitable in the early 18th century due to high taxes imposed at the time. Rum, brandy, tobacco tea and silk were landed on the beach at night and delivered inland via connecting cottages, tunnels and using moorland ponies. There is a dinosaur free museum here. The village is known locally as Bay of Baytown. Parking was a distance away. There was a paying parking area. Walking into the village was down a steep incline. With it being Sunday there were lots of families enjoying the village. Lots of interesting shops, houses, pubs etc to admire. The sea was quite away out on this flat beach. You could see that the water levels could be high when the tide was in. There was a lot of seaweed on the beach. We bought ourselves an ice cream and enjoyed it whilst taking in the sea views. No amusement parlours here. Soon it was off to our next Destination, of Scarborough. We drove along a popular swimming beach area with a towering hill with walls and Scarborough Castle. The town lies above sea level 3 to 70 metres above. The older part of the town lies around the harbour and is protected by a rocky headland. We spent time here after finding a paying park on the outskirts. Scarborough's population just over 61,000 and is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire Coast. The place has Sandy beaches, cafes, amusement archades, theatres and a modern commercial town that can be reached from the harbour by cable car. The Grand Hotel dominates the harbour it is an impressive building. Scarborough was bombed by the Germans in 1914 resulting in 78 women and children being killed and 228 women and children injured. We enjoyed this place pausing for coffee and Jaffa cake. We walked right along the harbour to the Spa area. We were fascinated by this building. There was also a theatre here. Scarborough has much to offer. It would be easy to stay here for a few days, lots to do. The marina is very picturesque. The song Scarborough Fair originates from here. A major fair was held here for over 500 years. It was dark when we headed home. We had our dinner at our local shops a late dinner, restaurant calley Prezzo, very Italon, great decor. The first time I had tried pork belly. Yummy. A great day on our big adventure.