Roseberry Topping - not very high actually
Our little cottage for the week...
...and the lighthouse!
The cottage we were staying in was part of Whitby Lighthouse, and was a lovely little single story cottage called Galatea, on the cliff tops near the abbey. The lighthouse was operational, but luckily there was no fog horn! After unpacking and catching up with Gene and Diane, we sent the boys out for fish and chips from the Magpie in Whitby for our tea.
Our Sunday started with a walk to the highest point on the east coast of England (with a trig point - Martin collects trigs!). Diane and I stayed in the car for Zoe to wake up while Gene and Martin walked along to the trig, and then a short way along the cliff top, and back to the car. By the time Gene and Martin got to the trig, Zoe had woken up so Diane and I grabbed Zoe and zoomed off after them. But we were too slow so we just snapped some photos and went back the way we came.
Diane looking over the cliff - I was too scared!!
Once we were all together at the cars we set off for the village of Staithes where we had a look around the village and had a walk around the harbor. Then back to the cottage via Lidl for some more wine and food. Diane had made a yummy shepherds pie for tea - it was excellent!
A panoramic shot of Robin Hood's Bay - with Martin in it - twice!
Monday was Gene's 70th birthday, so after breakfast Gene opened his cards, before we went to Robin Hood's Bay. We had a pootle along the beach where I found LOADS of sea glass, and a fossil, and some bits of pottery, and... a dinosaur/shark/other random tooth!
Awesome beach finds!
We had lunch in the Ye Dolphin pub (no burgers though, because of all the horse meat carry on!), before traveling onto Falling Foss waterfall. When we arrived, the car park was deserted, so we had the falls all to ourselves. Gene made a film of us all and I snapped some photos with my Pentax film camera. The falls were lovely, and there was a house right next to them - imagine living there, with the waterfall right outside, and a forest as your garden! I would love it, but I know it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea!
Waterfall the first
Gene's cakes - Lemon Drizzle, Carrot and Walnut, and Victoria Sponge
Tuesday morning was another walk at another waterfall, near Goathland, the village that they used to film Heartbeat (remember that? Not me - I didn't watch it!). Martin got some awesome photos of the waterfall, and Gene continued his film. When we got back to the village, we spotted some old cars, and upon closed inspection, found out that the car below was the one used in the Harry Potter films! Never mind Heartbeat - Harry Potter!! Yay!
Waterfall the second
The car from Harry Potter - highlight of the day!!
We drove back to Whitby and parked up at the Abbey - unfortunately the Abbey was closed, but we walked into the town instead, and had a walk out on to the piers, before calling into the Co-Op for some pancakes (it was shrove Tuesday after all!). We left Whitby via the 199 steps (where I counted 202 steps), headed back to the cars, then back to the cottage for a roast beef dinner. Yummy!
Whitby harbor looking up to the Abbey
Whitby at twilight from the Abbey
Before leaving the cottage on Wednesday morning, we took some photos in front of the lighthouse with Zoe - it was really windy and her face is so funny! Gene and Diane went to Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Redcar (not recommended by Gene), whilst we went back via Durham. By the time we arrived in Durham, the snow was coming down fairly fast, and once we had eaten lunch, there was a lovely sprinkling of white. We walked up the the cathedral, where I fed Zoe and got looked at by a random woman! We drove home through Consett, in the snow - it was a bit hairy, but we made it back to the A69 there was no snow and we whizzed back!
Gene and Zoe in the wind
Durham in the snow
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