Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Robin Hood Bay

We rented a car for the weekend and drove nearly 4 hours north to the Yorkshire Moors and Wolds.
"Most of the area takes the form of an elevated, gently rolling plateau, cut by numerous deep, steep-sided, flat-bottomed valleys of glacial origin. The wolds are composed of chalk and provide exceptionally good drainage. The unusual topography results in an "upside-down" farming system - livestock (mostly sheep and cows) graze the valleys, with the hills above used for crops."
This was the tiny seaside village of Robin Hood Bay. It's where the Coast to Coast trail ends, a hiking trail that traverses 190 miles across England from sea to sea. One can hire a service to carry your things from village to village or carry a pack yourself. It is very popular in the 50-70 year old crowd. One thing we noticed about the English, is that they walk a lot. We saw many people of all ages wearing their Wellies (a good boot to have in the mud!) and carrying a walking stick, walking along the public footpaths, through fields, farms, folks backyards, drives and lanes. I wish we had a similar view of using private property for creating these paths. I think we would walk a lot more.


This is the view from Robin Hood Bay, looking north.

Robin Hood Bay Street Scene

I really can't believe that they could build these houses on the steep cliffside hundreds of years ago. There are twisty turny tiny streets, each one cuter than the one before. Robin Hood Bay is filled with tea shops, pubs and artisan shops. A very splendid way to spend an afternoon.


If you can't read this sign, the gist of it is that in 1881 a ship ran ashore. The lifeboat was brought over 6 miles through 7 feet of snow. The crew was rescued.

Samllest House Ever

This was taken down a little walkway. That white building at the end is the smallest house I've ever seen! It does have 2 stories though.

From the Sea

Luckily it was low tide when we were here so we walked down to the tidal pools. Of course, there's never a pub too far away.

Fancy Curtains

Loved this treatment to the valance.

Post Offices for Mo


Stayed for the weekend in this charming farming village of Osmotherly in the Yorkshire Moors. Even though it is very tiny, maybe 200 residents, it has 4 pubs. We sampled 2 of them.

Yorkshire Moors

On the Moors

Beware of Sheep

Yorkshire Moors

This is a typical view of the walk we took through the moorland. It consists of mostly course grasses and bracken, but plenty of heather.

Heather all around

Part of the Coast to Coast Trail.

Yorkshire Moor Hike

Here I am, blending into the landscape as always. Hiked on the Coast to Coast trail. Left from Osmotherly and hiked up to a monument on a hill. Heather was all around, but not in bloom of course. It must be awesome when it's all in pink. http://www.mickledore.co.uk/holidays/coasttocoast.htm

Sheep on the moor

Hi girls! Saw plenty of sheep, but no lambs yet.

Dragon Tree

Trip to Whitby

Drove from Osmotherly to Whitby over the Yorkshire moors. Whitby is a popular destination, especially in the summer. It was quite crowded the day we were there, so wouldn't like to see what it's like in the summer.

Lobster Pots

We got to sample a lobster tail for just 1 pound note. What a deal!


Whitby is a seaport town on the eastern coast and is known for it's fish (surprise!). It was chilly and a bit spitty but undeniably beautiful.

Busy day in Whitby

New houses in Whitby

These are new houses. I thought that they blended right into the older houses.

Dream Shop

Spent a bit of time in this eclectic shop. Got some great yarn (yeah, I need more!).

Kippers, Yuck!

I always thought they were bait! This place was visited by 'Two Fat Ladies', the 2 women who have a TV show, traveling around the country on a motorcycle with a sidecar trying out various restaurants.

Eating Fish 'n Chips

Everyone was eating fish 'n chips so we had to too. It was fresh, greasy and so yummy!

Whitby street

Whitby Ganseys

Gansey sweaters are found in this village. These sweaters were knit by the women of the village for their fisherman. Each village had their own identifiable knitting pattern design motif, related to the sea. When fisherman were found dead on the shoreline, they could be identified by their pattern and sent back to their village. They are knit with tightly spun yarn, to repel water. The patterning on the front and back is the same so it's reversible and the thickness of the patterning also keeps them warmer. The bottom is left rather plain so when it becomes too worn out, it can be unraveled and re-knit. It is tight fitting so it's warmer and so it doesn't come off in the water if they died. For more info:

Rentals in Whitby

Little Betty's

This adorable shop is in Whitby. IT is all decked out for Easter.

Farm near Rivaulx Abbey

This quaint little farm was nestled in this valley in the Yorkshire Wolds right near the abbey.

Rivaulx Abbey

Built in 1132 by Cistercian monks. They followed a very monastic life. I think I would've felt like this:
I cannot endure the daily tasks here; the sight of it all revolts me.
I am tormented and crushed down by the Vigils, the food cleaves to my mouth, more bitter than wormwood, the rough clothing cuts through my skin and flesh down to my very bones.

Rivaulx Abbey

At one time, 650 monks lived in the Abbey. They were to be totally self-sufficient, growing their own food and making their own clothes. They raised sheep for their wool. Most of them wore just white, but the abbots wore dyed black wool.
Bloodletting was a common practice, taking place 4 times a year for restorative reasons and to quench sexual desires. Anything it takes!

Nave at Rivaulx Abbey

The Rules of St. Benedict were strictly followed here. The monks were not allowed to eat meat.
"I abstain from meat because by over-feeding the body I also feed carnal desires; I strive to take even bread with moderation, lest my heavy stomach hinder me in standing up for prayer." They could not eat anything with 4 legs, just 2, like chickens (or 2-legged sheep!) Although in later years, they relaxed a bit and were allowed to eat meat once a week.

Village at Rivaulx Abbey


Quakers for Peace in York. Too bad it's not working.

York Cathedral