The four of us flew from Barcelona and drove across to our home away from home at Crag House Farm in the lovely North York Moors where we were warmly welcomed by our hosts Liz and Danny who were flying the flag for our arrival! The weather chose that week to change from mild to wild but we spent a lovely cosy week in our barn conversion complete with all mod cons venturing out for some touristic experiences and a little walking.
Puffer jackets, rain coats and umbrellas at the ready we walked the streets of York, visited Whitby and Rievaulx Abbey, had numerous coffees/teas and the odd scone or cake in the cafes in the little villages on the moors and enjoyed a rollicking return visit to the weekly Eskulele ukulele club meeting in the Fox and Hounds at Ainthorpe.
A few pics below to show how we a) were nearly blown off the headland at Whitby, b) snowed on the moors road and c) reasonably frequently rained on during our week. Made for some great photos though!
We arrived just before Halloween and Whitby was having its annual goths/steampunks festival which also included a atmospheric lightshow at Whitby abbey for a few nights before Halloween. We planned to go as it looked to be spectacular but decided against a repeat visit in the wind/rain/potential snow!
We did get in some walking, which included a delightful walk beside the Falling Foss waterfall and May Beck and a couple of wanders near the farm, one up to see the serious looking Sitting Man looking out over the moors.
One benefit of the changed weather was the beautiful autumnal colours everywhere – below a) and c) taken on our walk near Falling Foss, b) at Rievaulx Abbey (the visitor centre).
The churchyard of St Mary at Lastingham also looked spectacular as the sun shone and illuminated the autumn colours against the grey stone of the church and the headstones. This chuch has a 7th century crypt (left three pics) under which St Cedd is said to be buried. Originally part of an outpost of St Aiden’s monastery at Lindisfane, the remaining crypt is a simple but quite atmospheric place.
Another week of journeying in the south and we will be on the way home – and the final bulletin for this expedition will hopefully be posted!