I’m writing this after we have been back home at 36°S for several weeks. So it is much overdue but I wanted to complete the record!
Our last walking week was in the lovely North York Moors. We returned to one of our favourite locations, Crag House Farm, in Danby Dale, to a warm welcome from Liz and Danny. This time staying in Dale View Barn (on the right of the dovecote in the picture) having stayed in Beacon View on our previous visit. Both are immaculately renovated and just so comfortable. The fizz in the fridge and the fabulous sponge cake were extremely welcome after our longish drive from Scotland!
Overlooking Danby Dale, there is walking right from the door of our Barn and not much further away there are many other walks ranging from strolls to really hard hacks. We did a couple in the middle of the moors and a lovely coastal walk from Runswick Bay to Staithes and back. Staithes being a very picturesque village where a young James Cook worked as a grocer’s assistant. We had fantastic local crab in sandwiches at the pub in the middle of the village. The coastal scenery in simply stunning.
Our inland moor walks were more rural – think fields, woods and moors – but equally enjoyable – more great pub lunches like the one on the bottom left with beautiful local ham served in the flower filled walled garden of the hotel in Lastingham.
Our book of walks on the North York Moors is no where near exhausted so we may be back for more one day…….
On Liz’s suggestion we spent a fabulous evening spectating at the the Ukulele Club evening at the Fox and Hounds in Ainthorpe. A guest singer from 36° (not me!) led the group in a rousing rendition of Waltzing Matilda! It was great, everyone knew the words and strummed andsang along. The next evening we happened to go the Duke of Wellington in Danby where some of the ukelele players and some other also excellent musicians happened to be having their monthly session – another great evening and another rendition of Waltzing Matilda!
After Danby Dale we headed south for a weekend with our friends in Suffolk. A morning in Bury St Edmunds and another encounter with the steampunk community – this time performing morris dances near the market – on a sunny Saturday morning. (At least I knew what they were this time!). A visit to Bury is not complete without a wander through the Abbey gardens and a photo of St Edmondsbury Cathedral.
The next day was unseasonably warm – 23 ish – for the time of year and we had a walk along the sea front from Felixstowe Ferry along past the golf course and the Martello towers to the colourful beach huts/bathing boxes and back. It was a brilliant day and some of the sunbathers outside one of the huts answered quite a number of questions to enlighten a member of the 36°S team!
After the weekend it was onward south to Kent for a few days – a quick visit to the Churchill’s home at at Chartwell (lower right) on the way. The next day, a visit to Canterbury and the Cathedral along with multitudes (it seemed) of school children from all over Europe. Hard to get any pics without lots of people in them – but got two (on the upper right below) – the left one of the pair is the commemoration of the martyrdom of St Thomas A’Beckett. The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, is a great place – well worth a the best part of day. Even I crawled through a submarine (lower left), but the bits I liked best were the historic buildings and ships and significantly their stories. It’s really well done. The BBC were making the final of one of their art competition series while we there and it was fun wandering backwards and forwards watching progress on the paintings. Hope it gets screened at 36°S sometime!
Finally, time to head to Heathrow and home via a visit to our family in Hong Kong and back to reality – for the time being at least!!