After a busy start to the summer we decided to get away for some quality time together. For us the tent offers this as there are no distractions, a few books, each other and the countryside.
We booked a basic campsite (Bay Ness Farm) with the most unbelievable views over Robin Hood Bay. We spent the majority of our time walking, reading and relaxing but of course visited a lot of places/sites too.
The first day we arrived in Whitby it was chucking it down and so we went for a drink and some dinner and there really is more to Whitby than meets the eye.
It has connections to Captain Cook and Dracula with quirky narrow streets and a bustling harbour overlooked by the striking Gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey, Whitby is a fascinating town, unlike any other.
We began by walking through the narrow streets looking into all of the shop windows – everything was so cute! Beautiful jewelry made out of drift wood, cafes, bookstores, restaurants, cobbled streets and so much more. After this, we climbed all 199 steps to the top of the cliff, church and the abbey. From miles away you can see the abbey towering over Whitby (we even saw it shrouded in mist and it looked eerie, you can see how it inspired Dracula!) The Abbey itself was beautiful, it made me think back to how it would have looked during its hayday, a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. What goes up must go down, so we walked down the 199 steps and made our way to Trenchers Restaurant and Takeaway. We had some amazing fish and chips so we went back another day and had a delicious seafood platter! YUM YUM!
Robin Hood’s Bay
Even though we spent the mornings and evenings looking over this bay, cooking, eating and reading, it took us two days to walk down to this incredible bay. It was about an hour along the coastal path from our campsite along coastal paths, cycle routes, cobbles and narrow streets, the views were spectacular.
“Robin Hood’s Bay is home to sandy & family friendly beaches, fossils and the Dinosaur Coast, coastal and countryside walks and cycleways, great places to eat, drink and stay as well as fantastic shops, visitor attractions and a variety of themed weekends, festivals and events”
We spent a few hours on the beach in the glorious sunshine reading, relaxing and eating crab sandwiches and then we couldn’t resist a little bit of rockpooling as we’re still big kids at heart!
We visited here because my Dad came as a child and said it was a beautiful place to visit – you can walk about half an hour along the beach from Robin Hood’s bay when the tide is out! Boggle hole got its unusual name from a story. Along the coastline there are many caves that Boggle’s live in. The story goes that they are friendly if you are kind to them and leave them a saucer of milk, however if you are unkind then they are not the nicest of creatures to be around. I wonder if you’ll find any boggles on your adventures?
There YHA has a place here with a lovely cafe that has the BEST cakes!
I’ll be honest, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay were what I prefer of the British seaside, quaint. Scarborough has a lot going on with funfairs, arcades and more rock than you could shake a stick at! The pier was beautiful!
All in all our short stay here was lovely and it is definitely a part of the world we will be visiting again!
Have you seen any boggles on your travels?
Where do you recommend we visit next along this stretch of coast?
- happy travelling x