PYW - Easter Weekend 2009

Whitby Fish and Trips

This year’s PYW Easter away was to the North York Moors with our base in Whitby.

The advance party (Stephen and Sarah) travelled up on the Thursday and were glad they missed the worst of the traffic on Good Friday. The weather also changed on Friday at almost exactly the time our first walk started after lunch. Nevertheless the all weather 5 (Stephen, Sarah, Ian, Karen and Jane P) set off on a circular walk around the Hole of Horcum in increasing drizzle. This somewhat spoilt the view initially but the weather brightened and a good walk had. There was the bonus of an unexpected pub stop at Levisham which wasn't on Jane’s map! There followed a tricky pathway made slippy by the recent rain but fortunately there were no fallers.

Our first evening meal was at a very nice bistro in Whitby where the all weather 5 were joined by the late arriving 3 – Phil, Louise and Sarah D. It appears Lou and Phil had booked into an interesting hotel with ‘themed’ rooms which the group showed much interest in learning about!

The next morning in an attempt to be environmentally friendly the increased group of 11 (new arrivals Jane U, Paul and Mark) stood in line at the bus station in the hope of catching the bus to Robin Hoods Bay. Unfortunately a large number of people had the same idea. By the time we got to the front there were only 3 standing places left and the next bus was in an hour’s time. Plan B therefore was put into action with 3 cars only being used to transport the eager walkers to their destination.

The morning warm up walk was a circular loop to the intriguingly named Boggle Hole where there was a brief stop to wander the beach and get away from the sewage tank outside the Youth Hostel. We returned to Robin Hoods Bay in time for lunch and avoid the brief shower before resuming part 2 of our day’s walk. We took the coastal path back to Whitby which is actually the Cleveland Way. Phil decided to impress everyone and wear his brown waterproof trousers

The route had lots of up and down stretches reminiscent of Seven Sisters and at the top of each up we expected to see the Abbey overlooking Whitby. People started questioning the walk leader’s information about the length of the walk but the abbey eventually came into view just before the group’s sense of humour failed. Fortunately Mark kept everyone’s spirits up with regular football score updates. The walk leader demonstrated some of the lessons learned on his recent walk leader’s course by explaining the importance of appropriate footwear and spacing between walkers.

Dinner in the evening was the highlight of the eating itinerary, local fish and chips at the Quayside restaurant. Everyone enjoyed the huge portions and some even had room for pudding.

On Sunday we travelled to the picturesque fishing village of Staithes where we took time to look around before heading south, along the coast again in glorious sunshine, to Runswick Bay. There was a very steep slope down to the beach which made the return a bit challenging but the stop there for lunch was most enjoyable. Jane P took the opportunity to dip her toes in the water as usual.

During our cross country route back there were many topics of discussion but the most interesting thing the group learned was how caravans were invented, courtesy of Karen. There was also another unexpected pub stop, again not on Jane P’s map, where we had the chance to sample some Dizzy Blonde. Our leisurely walking meant that we arrived back at the car park beyond our ticket time but fortunately there were no clampers in sight.

Various Easter treats included never ending fudge, chocolate éclair sweets and Easter egg chocolate.

Before our evening meal 5 of the group took part in an indoor crazy golf competition. It proved to be not to everyone’s enjoyment. Jane P deserved her win but others (Mark) felt that the course conspired against them, not allowing them to show their putting skills to the full.

Our final evening meal was in a pub overlooking the river where the group presented Karen with a card in advance of her big birthday.

Our last day was spent at Goathland (or Goat Land as some called it) where the remaining 7 had a nice walk in the village and around the area where we were treated to steam trains, TV locations (Heartbeat country) and water spouts before departing for home after lunch.

Here’s to next years’ trip wherever it may be. Debbie just let us know what you have in mind as this year’s choice was excellent.