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Flamborough Cliffs

Flamborough Cliffs

After a night back in Manchester with Phil and Pauline, Deb and Harry, we headed north east to Filey on the coast 6 miles from Scarborough.

I booked the accommodation before we left home in a complex a couple of miles out of town and while it was 10 pound cheaper for the week than the cottage in Wales, the two weren’t at all related. Enough to say, while some things were fine (a good cooker, dishwasher and washing machine) other things were dreadful. I wouldn’t recommend it to an enemy let alone a friend! Never mind, we used it as a base to get ourselves out and about and see heaps. Once again, our membership with English Heritage got a good work out.

UK's oldest surviving lighthouse

UK’s oldest surviving lighthouse

On our first day out around Filey, we visited the Bempton Cliffs to see the Gannet rookery. So many birds and chicks, it was amazing. We went to Flamborough where we saw Britain’s oldest standing lighthouses and the beautiful white chalk cliffs. It was a huge day of walking up and down but well worth it.

The next day, we went to Scarborough, just 6 miles from Filey to see their castle. It was good, but a mock battle (2 knights on horseback and about 10 soldiers a side) meant we couldn’t have an audio tour thingy so we really didn’t know what we were looking at. After that we went on to visit a Shire Horse centre. It turned out to be run by a man who fancied himself a cowboy so we got a lengthy display from him and his palomino all decked out in their western gear, followed by the shetland parade. After the parade, all the kids in the audience got to groom the shetlands, sit on them and have photos taken. We went for a look at the lovely big shire horses we’d actually come to see, then left. Go if you’ve never seen a horse up close, but give it a miss if you are at all a horse person lol.

Big boys playing silly games Scarborough Castle

Big boys playing silly games Scarborough Castle

Finally, we took a drive through the Dalby forest before heading home. A really pretty drive.

Monolith in the grounds Rudston Parish Church

Monolith in the grounds Rudston Parish Church

On our third day in Filey after a sleep in a cooked breakfast, we took a shortish drive out through the country side stopping at Agnes Burton house, Rushton Church with it’s ancint monolith (the tallest single standing stone in Britain) and the medieval village ruins at Wharran Percy (quite a walk in and out).

Day 4 was our biggest, and probably my favourite, day out. We drove about 180 miles (about 300ks) to visit Pickering Castle (maybe my favourite English Heritage Castle so far) and the Yorkshire Moors. The heather is in bloom right now, so the moors are a stunning green and pink in most parts. They are vast and really quite stark looking. Just beautiful!

Yorkshire Moors

Yorkshire Moors

The following day (our 5th) I suggested to Russ it would be a shame not to have a good look around Filey before we left so we walked about 5 ks around town-along the foreshore and promenade, up through the cliff gardens and out to the south cliffs for various views of town. It was really good and fun to watch the English tourists rugged up in their warm clothes trying to enjoy the beach.

Rotunda Filey Cliff Gardens

Rotunda Filey Cliff Gardens

Day 6 we went back to Scarborough to do the same-have a proper look around at there too. The town was crazy with tourists especially down at the harbour. We bought some new warm clothes as summer is well and truly gone but we aren’t prepared, had some lunch, then did heaps of walking down around the harbour. When my legs finally wouldn’t walk another step, we took the tram from the foreshore back up to the shops and back in the car to Filey. On the way back, we called in

Filey

Filey

to the very pretty Caytons Bay for view back to the Scarborough Castle and on to Filey. There was a surf school out on the waves, and a nice local stopped and explained what the huge concrete blocks we’d seen in a couple of places were. They were left overs from the 2nd world war but the land had eroded away from under them leaving them on the beach-just as it did to a few houses behind us (or they had been once upon a time).

Skidby Mill

Skidby Mill

Yesterday we headed to our B&B at Scunthorpe stopping at Skidby Mill on the way. The mill is a working one with a great little musuem that we both really enjoyed. It also has a cafe looking out onto the old farm yard, but we decided on fish and chips in Barton on Humber instead.

Scunthorpe is grim, but this being a long weekend (Bank Holiday weekend) we didn’t have a lot of choice.

It’s really industrial with power stations everywhere you look it seems. We walked past boarded up houses and a pub, past sad rows of houses to go out to dinner last night. Our Indian meal was great and it was so funny when the man taking our money at the end asked had we travelled far. We ended up with a few waiters crowded around us asking questions when the found out we’d come from Melbourne.

Detail Thornton Abbey Gatehouse built 1377

Detail Thornton Abbey Gatehouse built 1377

Today, we drove out of town and discovered the “good side” of Scunthorpe. Not great but so much nicer than here. We went to a farmer’s market at Brigg where we bought a frozen rabbit. It’s in the fridge here at the B&B and will be our dinner Monday night! After that we visited Thornton Gatehouse and Abbey, and St Peter’s Church in Barton on Humber. Both are English Heritage properties so I think that membership is well paid for now!

St Peters Barton on Humber

St Peters Barton on Humber

Tomorrow we head to friend Iona and Simon’s where we’ll spend the night with them, then house sit for them for a couple of nights before moving on. Next Friday, we go to the Lakes district for a week!

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