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North East England June 2012

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A June 2012 trip to England by koshkha

First views of the bay Photo, Robin Hoods Bay, England More Photos
Quote: A 9-day trip to the North East of England - to the North Yorkshire coast, Co. Durham, Northumberland and Newcastle

Robin Hood's Bay

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First views of the bay Photo, Robin Hood's Bay, England
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Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast is one of those perfect little seaside towns that seem to have stepped straight out of a time warp from a more innocent and simpler age. It’s the sort of place where wholesome pursuits like hunting for tiddlers in rock pools with shrimping nets and taking bracing walks along the beach are the order of the day. It’s the type of town that time forgot, where amusement arcades and chip shops and chain pubs have been held back by the self-conscious gentility of long ago. This is a place where every business is locally owned and run and where you’ll find none of the normal stalwarts of the High Street. There’s no W H Smith to deliver your newpaper or Boots the C...Read More

Bramblewick

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Hotel | "Two Nights at the Bramblewick"

Bramblewick Photo, Robin Hood's Bay, England
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Dithering for DecadesBy education I am a geologist – though it's a very long time since I bashed a rock. Seven years of hanging around drinking coffee and occasionally paying attention to people who knew much more than me left me with a knowledge of the geography of the UK that owes more to what was going on many hundreds of millions of years ago than what's happening today. One place which stuck in my mind as a geologically significant location despite the passage of a couple of decades away from the rockface was Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire. RHB (as I'll henceforth refer to it) was a great favourite with early fossil hunters and was famed (at least in geological circles) as the location...Read More

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Bramblewick
The Dock, Old Village
Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby YO22 4SH
01947 880187

Bramblewick

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Hotel | "Bramblewick Part 2"

Bramblewick Photo, Robin Hood's Bay, England
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Backdoor and BreakfastFor when the stairs become a bit annoying, you have the option to exit the hotel from the second floor onto the road at the back. This is also a way to get in and out when the restaurant isn't open and several times we went out on the second floor, scooted down the road and went into the restaurant two floors lower. This isn't a hotel that's ideal for anyone who can't handle stairs but in all honesty, if that's the case then RHB probably isn't for you. The 30% incline getting in to the heart of the village is just the first challenge and then every access route to the seafront requires stairs or slippery slipways.Breakfast is served between 9 and 10 which ...Read More

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Bramblewick
The Dock, Old Village
Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby YO22 4SH
01947 880187

Wandering Wonderful Whitby

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First glimpse of the sea Photo, Robin Hood's Bay, England
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I think it was Donald Rumsfeld who, when talking about the Gulf War got himself tongue tied over the topic of ‘known knowns’ ‘ unknown knowns’, ‘known unknowns’ and ‘unknown unknowns’. I realised that my knowledge of Whitby was a little like the American intelligence he described. There were things I knew that I knew – that Whitby was a port, that it was famous for jet jewellery and for scampi. There were things I knew but had forgotten – for example that it had a ruined abbey on a hillside, that there was a hillside covered in steps to reach it and that the town has ‘something’ to do with Dracula. What I thought I knew was that it would be a bit tacky but that turned out to be entirely untrue. I did...Read More

Saltburn on Sea

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Saltburn Pier Photo, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England
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After two nights in Robin Hood’s Bay it was time to head north to our next hotel and we decided to drive along the coast rather than head back inland and to stop for some lunch in the small seaside town of Saltburn. The only thing I knew about Saltburn was that it has a fascinating old ‘cliff lift’ tramway which joins the upper town to the beach below. I’d seen photographs and was keen to try it for myself.We arrived at about 11.30 and parked up in the car park at the southern end of the town. The public toilets had been closed due to some vandalism and this act of destruction (a bit of spray paint and lots of wet toilet paper, I presume) turned out to be ‘the talk of the town’ on that qu...Read More