Those who follow my blog will remember that I turned 60 on March 13th and was pleasantly surprised at lunch time by colleagues, students and friends.
There was however, also another treat in store for me. My best friend from school (John Pearson) and I used to go walking and camping together in our school and university holidays.
Me and John – 21st Birthday Party
Family and jobs put an end to this tradition although we and our wives used to (and still do) get together for short walks and visits. For our 50th birthday however, we diced that it was time to get our walking boots back on in earnest and as good Yorkshiremen we decided that we would walk the Yorkshire Coast (or at least part of it). In the end we enjoyed a very enjoyable walk from Redcar down to Robin Hood’s Bay, as traditional Yorkshiremen, Redcar, despite boundary changes is still Yorkshire territory as far as we are concerned 😉
We stayed in pubs and B&Bs along the way, our camping days being long over. As a point of honour we walked to the end of every pier (and back) on the way down.
For our 60th birthday, John’s wife Christine paid for three nights in a hotel in Scarborough on the Esplanade for us, The Weston, and we set off to do Robin Hood’s Bay to Bridlington in three days.
The weather forecast was truly awful so we were a bit worried, and certainly driving to Scarboroug on Saturday morning, the weather was not promising. By lunchtime however, the rain had stopped and apart from a short shower we had remarkably good weather for the end of March. The last two days were, however extremely windy. Each day, we left a car at our finishing point and drove the other car to our start point; that way we were able to stay in comfort in one location and enjoy a well-earned beer at the end of each day and a bottle of very reasonably priced wine at dinner. Bliss.
Day 1 Robin Hood’s Bay to Cloughton
A gentle start as we only had half a day and wanted to break our feet in gently. Daffodil and Primula garden escapes were very much in evidence on the cliff sides – actually they were present all the way along the coast.
Staring with a beer – Theakstons Black Bull Bitter
Yorkshire at its best
A steep bit (one of many)
View from hotel bedroom – evening
Day 2 – Cloughton to Filey
There were some more very steep bits, but despite the gloomy start, it was mainly nice and sunny. Insects were not much in evidence, but skylarks were very noticeable, and of course there were lots of sea birds.
First morning – gloomy view from hotel window, but luckily the weather improved as the day progressed.
There were indeed some steep bits,
and some very steep bits as well.
Not forgetting the slippy bits!
Clearing skies – great views.
Day 3 Filey to Bridlington
An extremely windy day, most of the time we felt like we were walking uphill despite a lot of it being on the flat, on the plus side it was quite sunny.
Sunrise – a beautiful start to the day
Not just us that was windswept!
Bempton – lots of Gannets and Guillemots
This was the only puffin we saw!
The sea, the sea!
The beach was a bit of a struggle.
Flamborough Head – we came here for our 3rd form Geography field trip in 1969 – it was joined to the coast then and was a blowhole!
You can’t have a coastal walk without a lighthouse!
Day 4 – Spurn Point
Drove here from Scarborough just to see it as we didn’t feel like slogging along the beach at Bridlington and this is our proposed finishing point for our 65th birthday walk. We decided that waiting until we were 70 might not be wise 😉
Clear(ish) skies but gale force winds.
Just like walking in a desert sand storm – we had to turn back after a mile.
The sea was brown not blue! Hopefully when we reach this point in 2020 the wind will have abated!
And just to finish a great piece of seaside sculpture.
Freddie Gilroy on the front at Scarborough.