29 March 2016

Trip to Saltburn

Saltburn is one of my favourite seaside places and not too far from where I live.  We went at the beginning of March and it was freezing!  We walked along the path at the top of the valley gardens (none of the flowers were out) and stopped at the viewing area where I took a few photos of the wildlife.  Deciding it was far too cold to walk any further, we strolled back to the town and had lunch in a lovely little cafĂ© called Virgo’s.

Saltburn is a little seaside town in North Yorkshire just a few miles from Middlesbrough and is filled with Victorian charm and smuggler legends. The pier is the last one remaining on the North East coast, with only around 50 pleasure piers surviving in the country. The famous cliff lift has also been attracting tourists for years. The valley gardens are home to a mini railway, a tearoom and stunning Italian gardens.

The coastline from Whitby to Saltburn is famed for its smuggler folklore. Remote coastal communities were ideal for smugglers as it was easy for contraband to pass from house to house with no risk of detection. Saltburn was once a haven for smugglers with its huge cliffs and coves. 


15 March 2016

Gisborough Priory

Gisborough Priory was built in 1119 and was in use until the dissolution in 1540. (The town itself is spelt Guisborough whereas the Priory and Hall use the old spelling.) We walked first along the road outside Gisborough Hall where we saw the llamas in the field, and then along the path leading to the priory. 

Only really one part of the priory remains standing, but you can get an idea of what it may have looked like in the past, and it still looks impressive today.  Aside from the priory itself, there’s a woodland garden area and a circle of trees surrounds snowdrops and there are little wooden seats (which I’m perched in below.)


1 March 2016

Crow Wood, Danby

We went for a drive over the moors the other day and headed towards Danby, where we came across Crow Wood. It was only a small place just off the main road, near to the Danby Moors Centre. There were some cute little toadstools and a wishing tree where you could put coins into the wood. 

There was also a feeding area where you could watch the birds; I managed to catch this squirrel who had climbed onto one of the feeders.

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