Sunday 30 October 2011


Jim and I took the littlest members of the clan for an afternoon in Whitby. After a trip on the Bark Endeavour (25 minutes at sea is enough for a two year old !), an ice cream on the pier is the only way to go.

Whitby Abbey from Bark Endeavour

Bark Endeavour in Whitby Harbour

Whitby and it's harbour

Whitby's Bark Endeavour

East Pier and Saltwick Nab beyond

The North Sea from Whitby West Pier

Whitby Abbey, St. Mary's Church and East Cliff

By the beach and West Pier, Whitby

Local resident

Evening in Whitby from the top of 199 Steps

Saturday 22 October 2011

Heritage Coast - Cloughton to Ravenscar and Back.

Hal, Rafe and I made the best of a beautiful October day with glorious colours all around.

South from Rodger Trod to Scarborough Castle

We went north along the coast from Cloughton to Ravenscar,

Hal and Rafe.
Looking north to Hayburn Wyke,
with Ravenscar in the distance

Looking north from just south of Hayburn Wyke

Which way does the wind blow?
from just south of Hayburn Wyke

Autumn colours, Beast Cliff, near Ravenscar

and then south again along the Cinder Track, the old disused railway. I expected to find this rather boring after the excitement of the coast, but I was pleasantly surprised.

One of the old railway bridges on the Cinder Track,
south of Ravenscar

There weren't too many cyclists about, so we didn't have to leap into the undergrowth as much as I expected, and the sun through the autumn foliage, various animals in the fields beside the track added interest (ponies of various colours and sizes, cows ditto and a field full of a variety of rare breed sheep - none of which were very photogenic!)

Old station house  on the Cinder Track, near Hayburn Wyke

and the carrot cake purchased from the tea room at Ravenscar was sublime.

Scarborough Castle from the Cinder Track near Cloughton

Route: Road parking in Cloughton (TA010947), east along minor road to Cleveland Way, north to Ravenscar, south along the Cinder Track to the minor road and back to the start.

Statistics:  Distance:  17 km  Ascent:  375m  Time:  4 hours

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Sunrise over Wykeham Forest

It's getting to that time of year when I do most of my weekday walking by torchlight. But in the morning, I'm out and about as the sun is rising.

Definitely worth getting up before dawn.

Sunrise from North Moor, Wykeham Forest

Sunday 16 October 2011

Autumn in Wykeham Forest

Its been a beautiful weekend, after a rather dreich week. Lovely to be out and about in the sunshine.

Wykeham Forest - Elven Wood - SE942868

Wykeham Forest - Hal and Rafe
Charcoal Burners Track - SE941870

Wykeham Forest
Above Bee Dale Short Grain- SE943876

Wykeham Forest - Bee Dale Short Grain - SE943877

Wykeham Forest - Rafe and Hal - SE943872

Wykeham Forest

Wykeham Forest - Rise Dikes, Iron Age earth works - SE944869

Wykeham Forest - Birches from Hayden's Track - SE847866

Wykeham Forest - Bee Dale from SE949866

Wykeham Forest - Rafe and Hal in Elven Wood

Wykeham Forest
Elven Wood - SE942868

Sunday 9 October 2011

Strange Times

Wykeham Forest - October blossom

Its been a strange sort of a week.

Last weekend we had better weather than in the height of summer, this weekend we are in the depths of autumn.

Wykeham Forest - Ploughing on East Moor

In Wykeham Forest we have blossom on the trees and the rhododendrons are having another go at flowering, along with field scabious, red campion, greater stitchwort, hedge woundwort and others.

Wykeham Forest
Beedale Short Grain, north from SE944870

Gold finches taking a bath

Some of the trees are in full autumn regalia, whilst others are adorned with leaves that have gone from green to grey overnight.

Freddie has gone to university. The house is quiet and tidy. There is milk in the fridge and bread in the bread bin.

The piano is silent.

New moon over Wykeham Forest (west from SE944865)

 I miss him.

Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mor

Setting off from Glen Feshie - it was chilly - before the sun had a chance to peep over the hills...  Off we go! Jim - Setting off near Auch...