To give them a break from hectic life, kids, work and stress, my son (Andy) and his girlfriend (Liz) head off in the E-Type Jaguar for a night’s escape. They didn’t manage to get the photo’s I wanted (kids!!), but I think its because now they have an excuse to go and do it all again – watch this space!
From Richmond they take the scenic route – Stokesley to Helmsley, Kirbymoorside, Pickering and stop off at Thornton-Le-Dale for coffee by the stream. Described as Yorkshire’s ‘Little Gem’ www.visitthorntonledale.co.uk. At Lavender’s Cafe the coffee is perfect, sat outside by the stream, peace and quiet in the Autumn sunshine.
Onto the historical fishing port of Whitby for some fun, fish and frolics.I don’t need to know about the frolics thankyou very much but I do have 3 rules when visiting Whitby. These are a trip on the Steam Bus with Vernon and family (he drove the Harry Potter train you know), fish and chips at the famous Magpie and last but not least to buy some real oak smoked Whitby kippers from Fortune’s – yum!
Parking in the Coop car park as its nice and central, they head to the arcades to loose some small change and play on the games to see who is the fastest on the motorbike track. After Liz wins, a shameful Andy decides to comfort his pride with a tray of fresh seafood from one of fish stalls, lots of vinegar and pepper.
It’s time to get some fresh air and they take a stroll along the beach and then feel obliged to follow my first rule of a trip on the Steam Bus around the town to take in the sites. www.whitbysteambusandcharabanc.co.uk
Feeling hungry and smelling the fish n chips they ask Vernon to drop them off at the?Magpie Cafe. As its later in the afternoon there is only a small queue but definitely worth waiting for – absolutely delicious!! www.magpiecafe.co.uk
Liz wants some culture in her life so they head into old part of Whitby to the Abbey, home of Dracula (well, apparently the author stayed in Whitby when he was writing the book). Up what seems like 1000 steps the reach the top and are blessed with the most amazing view just as the sun is setting – Andy gets his hip flask and they have a little tipple to toast their day so far.
Back down the steps to buy my Kippers from Fortune’s, www.fortuneskippers.co.uk, they make their way back to the car and head off to Egton Bridge (about 10 miles away) for a night at the Postgate Inn www.postgateinn.com. Great food, good ale, log fires and lots of great local Yorkshire people – perfect!
The next day with slightly heavy heads and a full English breakfast, there is still a few hours before they have to return to reality and the responsibilities of life. Where can they go today? The sun is shining – hood up or hood down? Liz wins again, hood down and off into the North Yorkshire Moors for freedom.
Taking the road to Goathland to visit Aidensfield of the ITV show Heartbeat they have a stroll round the shops and down to the station to see the North Yorkshire Moors Railway steamtrains www.nymr.co.uk and a coffee in the station cafe. Liz as usual likes to look at the shops for things the kids don’t need (especially wellies) and got talking to a couple who recommend lunch at the Horseshoe Inn www.horseshoelevisham.co.uk in Levisham – off they go again after getting some directions.
They find the small village of Levisham on the Railway route and set within perfect countryside. The Horseshoe Inn was great with a range of good pub grub and lighter snacks for delicate tummies that have had too much ale. They got talking to a couple who loved classic cars and the E-Type became centre stage for discussion. When they found out where Liz and Andy came from they said “You’ve come from paradise to paradise” – my favourite quote of their trip away and I totally agree!
Time now to head back to paradise then?