Monday, 27 August 2018

North Yorkshire Coast #3 - Runswick Bay, Staithes & Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Hi there everyone 😀

Yay!!! I am finally able to publish the last post from our holiday on the North Yorkshire coast back at the beginning of June.

I think this was our favourite day of our week's break. The weather was great and we saw some lovely places, both old favourites and brand new surprises.

We started off in Runswick Bay, somewhere that I've never visited and Martin hasn't been to for many a year.

It's a tiny little village, perched right on the edge of the coast, full of traditional Yorkshire cottages and narrow paths just waiting to be explored ...
 ... and explore we did ...
 
We ended up having a quick pitstop at the cafe by the jetty before heading off for our next stop.

We'd both been to Staithes before and it is definitely worth the effort of the walk down and back up the hill to have a good wander round.

There is plenty of parking at the top and we walked down into the village on the road, veering off left across the bridge towards the lifeboat station and the jetty ...
We walked past the cliffs where there were just loads of seagulls nesting ...
We walked right out to the end of the jetty, where the views looking back across at the village are always worth a look, though it was a bit dull at this point ...
We made our way back along the jetty and past the lifeboat station and back over the bridge to continue our walk down into the village and wandered round to the harbour, where the sun put in an appearance and we spent a good while just sitting watching the comings and goings, the dogs running around like crazy things, chasing sticks, balls and stones into the water and just generally wearing themselves out ...

After a good sit in the sunshine we decided to head back on up the hill and continue our meanderings. We had forgotten there was another route back, but were very glad to be reminded of it as the road is a bit of a long drag.

Instead we headed up steps and made our way along small pathways, passing pretty little cottages ...
The views along the way were spectacular looking back across the village and the coast ...

... and we seemed to get back to the top in a flash for more spectacular views ...

... and this pretty impressive piece of wire sculpture ...
We were soon on our way again and heading for the last stop of our big day out and, in fact, our week's holiday. We were heading for Saltburn-on-the-Sea, somewhere that was new to both of and we had no idea what to expect, other than that there was a cliff railway and a pier. In fact, the last pier remaining in Yorkshire.

Well, to say we were surprised with what we found as we arrived, was an understatement. It looked absolutely beautiful. The longest sandy beach imaginable, plenty of nice looking places to eat and a lovely old Victorian pier.

We decided to drive up to the top, where we managed to find parking on the side of the road. The views in both directions were seriously impressive and we couldn't believe that we'd never been here before ...
Our plan was to walk back to the cliff railway and take it down to the bottom to explore. However, we were really disappointed to find that it was closed for maintenance 😞😞😞

There were some great views and some really pretty gardens though ...
 
Neither of us were up for the walk down and back up the cliff so we decided to take the car back down to the bottom and parked in the car park by the Valley Gardens, which definitely looked like they would be worth a re-visit, but we didn't have time today.

We walked back towards the pier ...
... and past the bottom of the cliff railway ...
... and carried on along the prom, past the pier ...
We found crazy golf ...
... and plenty of pretty beach huts, which are always worth a picture ...
We made our way back to the pier where I found a lovely spot in the sun whilst Martin headed over to the fish and chip shop to get our tea ...
 
It couldn't have been a better way to end a lovely day and a lovely week's holiday. The tastiest fish and chips, sat in the loveliest spot ... just perfect 💜
We did have a quick drive back up inland to try and see if we could see more of the park and we did see a few intriguing bits ...
 
We'd had the loveliest of days, exploring this part of the coast and it is safe to say we will definitely be back to Saltburn, there is more than enough to do to fill a day. We want to see the cliff railway working and we want to explore the park and there was another really nice looking place that we would like to try to eat at.

But for now it was time to head back to Ugglebarnby and The Piggery for the last night in our cosy little hideaway ...

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