North Yorkshire

We have been having some most enjoyable adventures in North Yorkshire this week when we stayed at Osbourne Cottage in the small hamlet of Houlsyke (near Danby) on the North York Moors.  We were reasonably lucky with the weather too and discovered some places on our travels that are now on the list for a revisit. By way of summary, here is a list of some of the highlights along with a few of the disappointments of the holiday:

  • Best Spend – English Heritage Membership enabled us to access 3 abbeys and 2 castles during our travels.
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  • Favourite Walk – From Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay along the coastal path and back along a rail track called the Cinder Trail.
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  • Longest Walk – 15.2 miles across the ridge of Fryup Dale.  Unfortunately we were up there when it was quite foggy so didn’t get too many of the spectacular views the walking book promised.
  • Shortest Walk – 3 miles out and back on the Goathland rail trail starting and finishing in Goathland where the TV programme Heartbeat was filmed.
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  • Best Find – The Old Deanery Hotel in Ripon where we stayed on the last night of our holiday.  The location across the road from the cathedral and the complete dog friendliness of the place will make it definitely one to revisit in the future.
  • Best Abbey – Voted as Whitby in part due to it’s dramatic location on the headland over the town.
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  • Best Castle – Helmsley Castle.
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  • Best Village, Town or City – Whitby.  We liked this place on the coast with the little narrow streets off the main ones, the fish and chips and the Abbey.
  • Biggest Disappointment – Some of the paths across the moors were little used and difficult to find.
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  • Biggest Miss – Lack of any sort of mobile signal or internet access in the cottage.  This would have been really useful for planning our activities and checking the weather.
  • Scariest moment – Walking through a thunderstorm in Dalby Forest.  The fork lightening seemed to time itself for when we were crossing a meadow!
  • Best Food Discovery – Cobble Cake.  A cinnamon and walnut sponge with an apple layer.  I will definitely be attempting to replicate this.
  • Best Ice Cream – Ryeburn of Helmsley.  Cookies and Cream and Bakewell Tart flavours.  Oh yes.
  • Best Meal – Fish and chips in Whitby.  The batter on the fish was so yummy.  Paul agreed…
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  • “Triathlon” Gold Medalist – Paul. We had fun in the cottage one rainy morning playing ping pong, darts and a velcro target game and called these adventures a triathlon.  Paul won but I think it’s worth noting that I won the darts leg of the event.
  • Biggest Challenge – The circular puzzle we found in the cottage.

After totting up our mileage over the week and finding it to be just short of 80 miles, today’s rather relaxed pace is well deserved… And I’m trying not to think about the four letter word starting with “W” that faces us both tomorrow.