Sunday, 14 August 2016

coast to coast

Such a lovely whirlwind roadtrip across our Northern hills last weekend - starting right at the very tip of the East Riding of Yorkshire - Spurn Point
We hired bikes from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trustthen after a great reviving coffee at the Bluebell cafewe brave three set forth along the sands of the great North Sea

with a bit of hard slog over the sandhills where the path collapsed in the great tidal surge of December 2013.
and we needed to keep a close eye on our watches . . .
 but, bikes parked, we had plenty of time to picnic on the beach
Falafel King's best all the way from Sheffield
and we even had a beautiful Kestrel pose just for us
Thrilled that Spurn Lighthouse has now been renovated and opened to visitors just this Easter for the first time.
Loved the curvy doors
and the great staircases
Fab views, just like looking down on a map
 but beyond to the Point we must go
Never realised lobster shells started off this beautiful shade of blue!  However, after a few hours in the back window of the car, the shell quickly turned reddish!!
So - bikes returned, it was off up the East Riding coast, with stops along the way . . .
and the odd Milton Keynes cow
first a dip into Easington
Then the coastal erosion at Mappleton - getting very like a geography lesson for one of our party!  But intriguing to read of all the coastal villages already lost to erosion on this Holderness Coastline.
and the most amazing fish and chips from Bridlington's amazing chip shop 149 - only the UK's best - which we ate on the prom, of course!!
as well as seeing no ships
until, that was, we reached the lovely little harbour
as the sun slowly set
and we made our way through Hockney's Wolds to our amazing Bed and Breakfast for the night at Greenwick Farm just outside the village of Huggate.

Saturday 6 August 2016

And what an amazing last minute find that was - luxurious and such a fabulous breakfast the next day and this view to die for
but onwards and upwards and our driver awaits. . .
We meander a while in the glorious gentle landscape of the Wolds, rich in colours, lush crops and curious stone gate portals!!
and don't you just love these old white wooden signposts - and this one to the lovely Thixendale, another of Hockney's favoured sites for painting.
miles of cornfields
and it if wasn't for my faithful diarist (eat your heart out Boswell) I'd have forgotten all the lovely details - like the amazing fun haystack sculptures we saw at various farms along the coastal route
so as you will have spied, we were now en route to Haworth, via tortuous traffic jams around York.  But finally we make our destination - the Bronte Parsonage
with a peek into the church
and a tour of the parsonage
Since we last visited a few years ago they have acquired the actual Bronte family table where Charlotte and Emily wrote Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.  There is an 'E' etched into it which they believe was Emily's handiwork!
an actual dress of Charlotte's
and a meander down Haworth's lovely hilly street in search of food
followed by a quest to find Top Withens, only to be scuppered by a plague of horrid pesky flying ants in that lovely purple heather
So now it was a quick evening back in Sheffield with a midnight Olympics catch-up to see the British Women's Hockey team beat Australia, then to bed and a zip over the Pennines, west this time, to the Wirral - as my scribe will confirm ....

Sunday 7 August 2016

taking Grandma for a yummy Sunday Lunch at the good old Fox and Hounds
then a wonderful leg stretch from Red Rocks to West Kirby, gazing over the Irish Sea, past Hilbre Island and as far as the Great Orme in Gwynedd.  Magical as always.
before driving back to Sheffield in the sunset.

Monday 8 August 2016

Awoke, arose and off to the ever lovely Tamper for lunch before the London train
and a final #HerdofSheffield photo opportunity on the way to the station
with the added revelation that these piano keys must have always been here in the pavement, when the Hubs were first built as the National Centre for Popular Music - how amazing!  Can't believe none of us had ever noticed that before!!
So that's the end - and what a lovely happy time it was. 

And what's more, it felt like the perfect extension to our USA roadtrip in July from Minneapolis to Seattle and Vancouver - which I must write up next ........ watch this space.

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