My Links and Likes this month are coming from Bonnie Scotland, as I am currently holidaying in a cosy cottage in the grounds of ‘Castle Kennedy’ in the South West of the country. Whilst I hunker down next to a roaring fire in Icehouse Cottage ( it is toasty here, honest;) )
, I will share a few pictures of where we are stopping , as well as some of my recent favourite blog posts. 🙂
I love the look of this Colour Walk on Sarah’s blog. What a fun idea!
If you like Steampunk the Discovery Museum in Newcastle is hosting a ‘Fabricating History‘ exhibition from the 12th November. What if Lovelace and Babbage had computerised the 1840s and Steam powered airships had actually taken off !
To get you in the mood for mulled wine and festive markets The Well Travelled Man has been reminiscing about Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. 🙂
I just had to include Danielle’s blog about the North East invasion of Snow Dogs. Her quest to find as many as possible was shared by her gorgeously photogenic and well behaved pooch Baker. What a sweetie. ^^
I have never been to Northern Ireland but this post by ‘ The Travelling B’ could persuade me.:)
Paula has been enjoying a decadent breakfast at The Savoy. Could Breakfast be the new Afternoon Tea??
Well thats all for now. I will be back in a week or so with lots of adventures in Scotland.Already in my element, as have seen Red squirrel, Herons and Roedeer. 🙂
So continuing my exploration of the Yorkshire Coast. Robin Hoods Bay is five miles south of Whitby. Houses tumble down the cliffs and the sound of Sea Gulls punchuate the peace on a Wednesday afternoon in November. We decide on a brisk walk on the beach, a wander round the village and a strong black coffee in a tiny tea room called Tea, Toast and Post.
This picturesque fishing village was once the busiest smuggling community on the Yorkshire Coast. In the Eighteenth Century the Bay’s women folk were apparently known to have thrown scorching water over excise men from their bedroom windows in the narrow cobbled alleyways. Visitors today are more likely to be donning walking boots than catching smugglers. The ‘Cleveland Way’ and the ‘Coast to Coast’ pass through the village.
It is not clear about why the settlement is called ‘Robin Hood’s Bay’ as there is no evidence to suggest that Robin and his band of merry men ever resided here. More likely the name came from local legends. An ancient forest sprite was also called Robin hood , so maybe the name does derive from forest folklore.
We enjoy walking on the beach. Hugo finds a friend! The coastline here is full of wildlife. It is a wee bit to cold to linger round the rock pools ( should have worn my new winter coat!) or hunt for fossils. We need to return someday and scour the sand for fossilized monkey puzzle tree….or Whitby Jet to you and me.
Thank goodness for this cute little cafe , Tea, Toast and Post which proves a great little place for a snack. Like its name suggests, hot and cold drinks,toasties and a host of pillar box paraphernalia. Hugo is even given a couple of biscuits by the friendly owner.
Thanks for joining me on my whistle stop tour of the Yorkshire coast.
My Photo Scavenger Hunt photos have a rather Nautical theme this month. We spent a week in Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast and visited other coastal towns and villages in the area. So my pictures are all from my holiday. Enjoy!
A Stranger. I am no longer a stranger to Scarborough’s North Shore. Look at the brightly coloured Beach Huts.
Looking Down. A walk along the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay where we came across this poor dead crab. Quite a big one too.
Popular Culture. Whitby is famous for its connections with everyone’s favourite toothy Count, Draculaaaah. I didn’t get chance to go in and experience a one to one with him happily!
The Weather. We were pretty lucky with the weather but visiting the Victorian town of Saltburn-On-Sea proved a wash out. 😦
Big. A surprisingly large Lobster in Staithes.
Sign. I love the names of cottages by the sea. This is one of the more unusual ones.
Bottle. A bottle of wine to celebrate my birthday , which just happened to be when I was away.
Out and About. On the beach at Robin Hoods Bay.
Hat. The seaside in November gets a bit chilly.
Hole. Whitby’s Whale Jaw Bone Arch up on the West Cliff. It cleverly frames the Abbey opposite. The original Whale Bone was given to the town in the 1800’s. This replica was donated by Alaska in 2003.
One. Boat in a field!
Whatever you want. A couple of Cormorants on a cabin roof in Whitby.
The Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby is a great place to visit all year round, and we found that to be true , even out of season in mid November. We rented a dog friendly terraced house on Elgin Street ( there are plentiful pet friendly properties in Whitby) and spent the week mostly eating,drinking and walking with our labrador Hugo. Whitby really does love our four legged friends! There are an abundance of cafes,tea rooms and pubs that welcomes both man and dog.Here is just a small selection that we visited on our trip.
Sherlock’s on Flowergate is a cosy and quirky tea rooms with you’ve guessed it, a slight Sherlock Holmes theme. The decor does resemble what you would imagine 221b Baker Street to look like. Upstairs is Dr Watson’s Parlour and it wouldn’t have surprised me to have witnessed the deerstalker wearing detective himself enjoying a cuppa. Not that Whitby has any connection to the author….except a very slight one. Sir Arthur was friendly with one Bram Stoker. The cobbled streets ,picturesque harbor and ancient abbey were his inspiration for the gothic masterpiece ‘Dracula’. Try the ‘Draculas Delight’ ice cream sundae or warm up with a coffee and enomas slice of cake.
Rusty Shears is a little treasure of a tea rooms tucked up a side street, not far from the West Cliffs. As soon as you see the cute courtyard garden with its teacup graveyard , you know you’ve discovered somewhere special. Lampshade lights and taxidermy animals decorate the interior.We visited twice, once for tea and cake ( try the delicious Guiness Cake or Kiwi and Lime Cheesecake) and once for a cheeseboard lunch.There’s an interesting looking Gin Menu and dogs can have a complimentary Doggychino.:)
Humble Pie ‘N’Mash is a family business that serves their tasty homemade pies and only pies with mash,gravy and garden peas. There are several different pies to choose from including Yorkshire Sausage and Black pudding, Haggis and Neep and Steak and Stout. And if your still hungry after your pie , there is always Jam Roly Poly and Custard for pudding. This pie parlour has lots of character as the building on Church Street dates back to before the 1600s and the decor is inspired by the generations that have lived and worked there. It might be best to tackle those 199 steps up to the Abbey before you tuck into your lunch or tea here. 🙂
Whitby’s Dog Friendly Pubs. Not all the pubs in Whitby are dog friendly but most of them are. Lots are old and quirky such as one of our favourites,the White Horse and Griffin above. Here is a list of pubs that welcome dogs. There are probably lots more…but even we couldn’t try them all. 😉
White Horse and Griffin.
First In Last Out.
Whitby Walks. Between November and April Whitby’s beach is popular with dog walkers. The two mile walk along the shoreline to Sandsend is well worth it as the pretty little village has a couple of cafes and pubs. We tried out the very dog friendly ‘Harte Inn’ which specializes in fresh seafood and found it very good indeed. Alternatively you can walk along the Monks Trod to Ruswarp , lunch at the Bridge Pub and walk back along the river Esk. Oh and if you want to discover more about the area’s spooky history, why not try a ghost walk. These start at the Whale bone arch on Whitby’s West Cliff at 7-30pm most evenings. I’m afraid I never got to do one this time…but hopefully one day.
Hope you enjoyed Hugo’s haunts and feel free to add any recommendations in the comments. 🙂
Goodness I’ve only been away for a couple of weeks and the whole posting format has changed! Anyway where was I? After a few days of non blogging and becoming gripped by season one of Ray Donovan , we headed for a cottage in the seaside town of Whitby. Famed for its smokey kippers, semi precious ‘Jet’ gemstones and its connections with ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’, Whitby really is the perfect place to take in some rather bracing November Sea Air.
Mostly we just spent our week eating yummy food , drinking lots of booze and discovering many a beautiful beach. Luckily from November until the end of April most of the beaches in the area are dog friendly so our labrador Hugo was in his element. Happily he seems to have gotten out of the habit of surreptitiously sipping sea water when he thinks we’re not looking. 🙂
I will leave you with a few pictures from my trip and blog in a little more detail soon……
Every week I’m going to feature a photo I have taken ( Or indeed that you have taken 🙂 ) as my Alice Pic of the week. I’ve been a fan of Alice In Wonderland since I was a little girl and still have my copy of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass that my Mum bought me to read when I was bedridden with measles aged nine. Feeling sorry for myself , I was at least comforted a little by the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat. 🙂
Todays Alice Pic Of The Week is of the Mad Hatters Tea Room in Whitby.I can just imagine sipping tea and indulging in cake at the long sturdy table. It is situated in the La Rosa hotel , a Victorian cliff top terrace overlooking Whitby and the sea. Think quirky b&b in a Curiousity shop. And Lewis Carrol actually resided here ( before its La Rosa days) when he stayed in Whitby.:) I have spent a night in this enchanting hotel too! If you have’nt caught my post do have a nosy ~ La Rosa and Whitby 🙂
Have you ever stopped anywhere `Wonderland ‘ inspired? If you have why not email me a photo to email@example.com and I will feature it in a future Alice Pic Of The Week post. 🙂
I thought I would share with you our recent trip to Whitby.I booked a night in the gorgeous La Rosa hotel which is perched high on the West Cliff with views of the harbor and the commanding presence of the old abbey. We were in good company.Lewis Carroll stayed here once. 🙂
All the rooms are individually themed.We chose the ‘Stoker Room’ with its fabulously high bed and amazing views.Its decor was definantly inspired by Dracula too I think…
The furnishings at La Rosa are very quirky indeed.Think of it as a haven for teacups and taxidermy!
After we checked in and had a nosy around we went for a wander.The first thing to do was tackle the 199 steps up to the abbey. That was a killer!
After that we definately needed cake.Marie Antionette’s serves the best hot chocolate and I loved my Lemon drizzle cake. Let me eat cake here again I say!
There are lots of quirky little shops to browse. I was excited to come accross ‘Dotty About Vintage’,located just over the little bridge in the centre. : )
La Rosa is very near this whale bone arch given to Whitby by a town in Alaska.It very cleverly frames a perfect view.
In the evening we had a few drinks in the various old Inns scattered round this old seaside town. Most serve a grand choice of real ales which my other half is a big fan of.Alot are dog friendly which is great if your holidaying in Whitby with the hound. All are olde worldy.
After a cozy nights sleep and a leisurely lie in there was a knock on the door.Our breakfast had arrived.
Breakfast is a hamper delivered to your room in the morning.Croissants,fruit,cheese,yogurt,eggs,coffee,orangejuice and fruit cake.Fab! You can choose what time you would like it between 8-30am and 11am. If it was summer (or at least not a wet november morning) we would have definatly eaten it on the balcony.
We needn’t checkout until noon which gave us more time to explore. I wish I had booked another night!
All to soon it was time to head home to Lancashire. On the way we stopped off for lunch at an American diner ‘Uncle Joes’ near Pickering which looked interesting.
The decor was pale blue and white with vintage touches.It’s a good place to take the kids too as they eat free during the day Mon-Fri.
Tee hee I think most of my pics have been food related!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures anyway. We had a lovely time. Have you ever visited Whitby?
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