Thursday, 9 June 2022

a family holiday to Yorkshire

 hello all! it's been a while, i mean goodness, the last thing i wrote about on here were period pants (of course, still obsessed) - but now i've got something completely different to write about. we went on holiday! 

a few weeks before the school half-term holiday, we finally booked a place in Yorkshire, near to my dad (who's just moved there). it's been a very, very long time since i went to Yorkshire, and it was the children's first visit.

now, to give you some scale, it's a 5 hour car journey to deepest, darkest Yorkshire from here in the sunny south. and it's located in the middle of the island and much to the East. we were staying near Whitby, but thankfully outside of the hustle and bustle and noise, in a little village called Grosmont, famous for it's steam trains. 

thankfully the journey actually went perfectly. the anticipation and lots and lots of snacks kept the children going, we didn't even have to play I Spy. and also we were very grateful not to hit much traffic either. much of the journey is really pretty, and the other part is just plain interesting, as you drive through the industrial heart of the country full of warehouses and lorries. 

we arrived to a very lovely AirBnB and damp skies.

much of the holiday was spent exploring the countryside on foot. both children are really great walkers, we've even dubbed our son the 'mountain goat' of the family. and our two and a half year old daughter can climb more steps by herself than you'd think, confidently saying 'no. self' if you try to help. she's also likely to be seen carrying a bag of dried mango and her beautiful pink bunny Gigi.

we explored the coast over at Sandsend, with it's vast wintry waters. my son played for hours with the water, getting incredibly cold hands in the process, but he was obsessed with seeing how he could manipulate the water with different shapes of stones and watching it dance to and fro. as you'll spot in my video of the trip, i was just obsessed with picking up the different rocks along the shoreline, so many different types of colours and shapes and patterns. 

we did have a couple of days of good weather, which were all spent walking and exploring the plentiful becks (streams) and foss' (waterfalls). and once down an a very dodgy, very steep "path" to the Falling Foss - in which i had a confidence motivator in my six year old holding my hand very tightly and repeating 'mummy you can do this, you just need to have confidence. mummy we can do this together." honestly, if it's true that in situations of fear one's true personality shows, my kids are going to be just fine.

one day we did visit Whitby, which has very stunning views from up on the hill at Whitby Abbey and the Whitby Brewery, but is otherwise jam-packed with tourists. so we didn't stay too long, we'd much rather by romping the nearby fields all by ourselves. i don't like labels, but i don't like big crowds of people, or feeling like a sardine, and we all had a much better time on our walk later that day to Hayburn Wyke. 

if it looks as if i wore a different pair of shoes every day on holiday, and/or own more shoes than is sensible, let it be known two things: 1) the weather varied from dry to wet, and from 11c to 20c, and 2) i became a proper adult and purchased actual hiking boots during the trip (so did the husband, we feel very grown up, lol). i wear barefoot shoes 90% of the time these days, and the Merrell Mid Wrapt Waterproof Walking Shoes are the perfect half-way shoe - lots of protection for climbing and rocky surfaces, but flexible enough and with a wide enough toebox to be SUPREMELY comfortable. the price point was something we were happy with and half the price of the equivalent Vivo Barefoot boots, so win win win. 

i cannot write this blog without mentioning steam trains. the NYMR is absolutely brilliant and a must for anyone who is interested in history or trains, or both. from Grosmont you can visit the Engine Shed, which is working all day long to prep the trains, loading them, cleaning them, working on them, all for you to see. we also took a short ride from Grosmont to Goathland (which i believe is the Harry Potter station for Hogwarts), and it was easy enough to while away a few hours there, eating a yummy Yorkshire curd tart and some local ice cream.

the food of Yorkshire definitely had it's own character. as a foodie family, we were all intrigued to try local "delicacies" such as the lemon top ice cream, chicken parmo, fish & chips, curd tarts, brack, and of course the Yorkshire pudding. well, most of these we've tried elsewhere anyway or make at home, but the curd tarts were exceptional treats for us all, and we went to Fish Cottage at Sandsend for some beef dripping chips and spicy calamari. much of the time we ate at home or had a little pie for lunch at a cafe.

so much of the holiday ended up being us all bonding over some crazy walking adventure, how far we'd made it and what amount of climb was showing on Daddy's strava app. everyone felt a great joint sense of accomplishment and we all had fantastic sleep the whole trip, which was just what we all needed. 

now do you want to end with the good news or the bad news? well, the bad news is that my Dad got the dreaded Covid the week of the trip so we only got to wave at him from a bridge and drop some beers off at his doorstep. but the great news is that we get to go and do more exploring walks in the gorgeous heart of the country another time...

and in the meantime, here's the video to relax with -

thank you so much for stopping by today, i appreciate your precious time and i hope this has inspired and uplifted you x