Yorkshire Holiday April 2012

Sunday 22nd April
Left home after breakfast
11.00ish Arrived at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and had a cup of coffee.  Started to walk around but it rained so we went in to the underground gallery to look at the Joan Miro. Not much I liked there and yet I used to like him.  Seemed like a bit of a con to me except for the large bronzes outside.
We were about to leave when the weather brightened up so we walked round a lot more and looked at the Barbara Hepworths.
We left there at about 1.30 having decided that it was a lovely place that we would come back to on a warm summer’s day later in the year.  

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Jonathan Borofsky

Molecule Man 1+1+1


Barbara Hepworth

Squares with Two Circles


Joan Miró



Sophie Ryder


5.00 Arrived at our self catering accommodation, Pennyhedge which turned out to be as good, if not better, than it looked on the web. On the advice of the owner we had booked for dinner at The Wayfarer Bistro where we had excellent food.

7.05 Walked to the bottom of Robin Hood's Bay to have a look around.

Monday 23rd April
9.10 Off to Whitby to do some shopping.
11.30 Left for our walk. 


From Robin Hoods Bay to Ravenscar along the Cleveland Way and then back along the disused railway line. 8.5 miles.  Very varied walk.  The first part was typical cliff path.  Very up and down with steps and crossing of streams.


The horses didn't seem to mind the cliff edge.

We stopped at the point at which the Cleveland Way met the disused railway but it was 2.30 by then and we were both very hungry.  We had a picnic table to eat at and a wonderful view.  From there it was down hill all the way on the cinder track of the old railway.


For Sale outside a farm.

Arrived back at Pennyhedge at 4.50.  I do not recall see as many primroses on any walk since the imagined ones of childhood.  We were both aware that we had walked at least 8 miles.

Tuesday 24th April
5.30 Photographing at Saltwick Bay


and Whitby


7.45 Breakfast back at Pennyhedge and then off to Whitby to buy gluten free provisions for a health food shop, also bought some hake and samphire from a fish shop.

After lunch Runswick Bay where we walked the coast path.


Then on to Staithes where we had a walk round.


Wednesday 25th April
Visited Beamish Museum.  Dull and rainy day so there were not many people there and we had chance to chat to the guides.


Stained glass window in the Masonic Hall

Thursday 26th April
4.30 Photographing from the cliffs above Robin Hood’s Bay.
7.30 breakfast
9.30  Off to Falling Foss waterfall.

falling foss
Off to Ravenscar and fortunately there was a petrol station on the way.  When we arrived at the Hotel in Ravenscar – well 100 yards from it – we could see that our walk on Monday was less than 300 yards away.  Very pleased with that walk.
12.00ish back to Pennyhedge to pick up the camera battery and then off to Saltwick Bay to photograph Black Nab.  The tide was a long way out.  It was sort of drizzling although that stopped whilst I took most of the photographs.
1.10 Back to the car and then back to Pennyhedge for lunch.
2.35 Left for the walk along the Cleveland Way north of Robin Hood’s Bay.
Dinner in The Wayfarer Bistro. Have visited a couple of times and eaten Seared Tuna with pesto and crème fraiche, sea bass with olives and capers in a tomato sauce served with three distinctly different salads and on this occasion queen scallops with a crab crust, garlic mushrooms (the best I have ever had) and Halibut in a crab sauce. With this last item we had a cracking bottle of wine, a Black Shiraz. We felt the bistro was our sort of place - straightforward people, top quality ingredients prepared with respect for those ingredients and excellent flavour and texture combinations. It was really interesting to be able to watch a chef preparing food under instruction of the head chef/propriteress.

Friday 27th April
10.08 Arrived at Rievaulx Abbey.  Also see this web site. We walked around here slowly and carefully and listened to almost the whole audio commentary.  It was a really enjoyable visit.  When we arrived we chatted to Tony, the man on the desk, about visiting the Church of Christ the Consoler.  He mentioned that there was another church designed by William Burges at Fountains Abbey so we decided that we would visit Fountains Abbey, St. Mary’s church and Church of Christ the Consoler.
12.30ish Left Rievaulx and set off for Fountains.  Had lunch in the car in the car park.  Very helpful guides here as well.  Fountains Abbey is now a World Heritage Site and has a whole new visitor centre.
We had a wonderful time here walking slowly along the main route, taking photographs, and looking at the church.
3.50 We left St Mary’s which was due to close at 4.00.
4.15 Back at the car. Checked the guide book to see that Christ the Consoler was open during daylight hours. So we headed off to find it.   Post Code HG4 5AJ.  It is in a delightful setting in parkland.  We struggled with the entrance door and nearly gave up but for the notice that said the door sticks.  When it finally opened and we went inside we gasped.  It was so beautiful.  The rose window was stunning.