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Had a few days away, Monday to Wednesday.  Travelled up to Grinkle Park Hotel on Monday which is near to Saltburn On Sea and Whitby and inland a bit, I think its in a region called Cleveland actually?

Had a nice drive up there and stopped off at Thirsk which is a nice old North Yorkshire market town.  It is the home of the practice of James Wight who is the author of the James Herriott books and TV series.  Also, as I found out, it was the home of Thomas Lord, the founder of Lords cricket ground in London.  His home is now the town museum and James Wights house is still a working veterinary practice.

Grinkle Park Hotel

A room with a view

 We went on to find our hotel set in a great big park in the middle of the countryside, almost half a mile down the drive from the road.  Very nice and sparsely populated during our stay.  It was a very nice room overlooking the grounds at the rear and to the moors beyond.

After we settled in and unpacked it was still quite early, about 3pm so we took a trip to Saltburn On Sea, a very nice old Victorian type seaside town and a wonderful big sandy beach.  Very windy though and the sun was just about to start setting when we got there.  We walked up the old pier and watched some men on surf canoes, looked a bit cold for me but guess they were doing it for pleasure and they did have full wetsuits on.

Saltburn By The Sea

 We went back to the hotel for a ‘cuppa’ and watched some TV then had a nice meal that evening and a nice big ‘English’ breakfast in the morning.  Dont know when I last had a big fry up for breakfast.  We usually have a more continental cereal and toast type breakfast home.  mainly because its quick and easy and not too much clearing up after, oh yes and also I hear its much healthier?

We set off on our day trip, first of all heading for Goathland which is the location for TV series Heartbeat and Goathland becomes Aidensfield.  After that we went to Pickering and then back up to Robin Hoods Bay, a few miles south of Whitby.  A pretty little village at the foot of a hill and right on the beach.

Robin Hoods Bay

Our next stop was Whitby but on the way in I saw a sign to Whitby Abbey so we took that in before going right into Whitby and found the abbey was closed, not so much of a disappointment as we could see most of what we wanted to see from the road around it and we made use of the car park there and walked on past the Abbey down 199 steps and into the town.

Whitby Abbey

Walk down to Whitby from the Abbey

We had a bit of a walk around the shops and the harbour before going to the ‘world famous’ Magpie Cafe’ for some of their renowned fish and chips.  I have to say they were very nice.   A nice light batter and not too greasy, nice chips too.  We ate them outside by the harbour with the company of a lot of Gulls.  They seemed to enjoy the left overs too, I expect they get plenty of those.  They were very adept at catching chips in the air if you threw them up for them.

View while eating Fish and Chips toward the Abbey

Nicely named alley through to the Harbour

After our tour it was time to retrace our steps, up 199 of them and the walk to the car park, by which time it was getting quite cold and heading towards dusk as we headed back to the hotel. 

On arrival back at the hotel there had obviously been a pheasant shoot in the grounds as there lots of ‘shooting types’, plus fours and tweeds, around and also lots of dead pheasants laying in pairs on the ground by the trucks.   I was happy to see, on returning to our room that the pheasants we had seen in the garden the day before had survived and were still pottering about the lawns.  I guess the shoot hadn’t been that close to the hotel.

Next morning we set off home on the country roads, more picturesque but slower, towards Lincoln to have a quick look around there with a view to returning there next year on one of our trips.  We travelled via the Humber Bridge.  Took about 3 hours to get there and then, after our wander around and a cup of coffee and a sandwich another 2 hours to get home at around 3pm.