Last week, my boyfriend (Tom) and I escaped Lincolnshire and headed up to the coast for the week. We visited Whitby last year for a couple of days and absolutely loved it; it just so happened to be the hottest few days of 2015 and driving around in a black car, with no air conditioning was less than ideal! So this year we decided to stay for 4 nights in an apartment rather than just a bedroom, ensuite and kitchenette. We booked through booking.com and stayed with Discovery Accommodation, it was so quick and easy to book!
Monday was our travelling day, check in wasn’t until 3pm so we decided to pick up some lunch and have a little picnic at Sandsend, just up the coast from Whitby. After a brisk walk on the beach in the wind and rain, it was finally time to check in, unpack bags and make a shopping trip for some essentials (i.e. tea bags and pizza). We decided that we’d stay in for the night, eat some pizza and plan for the following day. Tuesday turned out to be a much better day, the rain had stopped and we were met with some sunshine and a cool sea breeze. We visited the Captain Cook Memorial Museum as it’s something I haven’t done in a fair few years and it was intriguing to learn about the adventures of Captain James Cook. We wandered down both piers and watched as the boats took holiday makers on a tour of the harbour, to view Whitby from the sea. As we were staying opposite a fish and chip shop, it would have been wrong of us to not try it out and so we both tucked into fish cake and chips and roughly planned the week ahead.
On Wednesday we decided to venture out of Whitby and head up the coast to Runswick Bay, an old favourite of mine. As we followed the tide out, we scavenged for fossils, soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed a lovely walk along the beach. The day quickly sped by and before we knew it we were eating ice cream in bed and attempting to make sense of the steam train timetables.
Thursday morning began with a somewhat interesting trip on a diesel and then on a steam train from Whitby to Goathland. The steam train not only left without being attached to the carriages but later proceeded to come to a halt on a rather steep bit of track. We arrived in Goathland and decided to walk from Goathland back to Grosmont and catch the train back to Whitby later that afternoon. Following the old rail road we hunted for Pokemon using Pokemon Go (that had been launched earlier that morning) as we are both huge Pokemon fans. On arrival at Grosmont we were told that the train wasn’t going to turn up and after stressing about how we were going to get home, the station organised taxis and buses, and we were eventually taken back to Whitby. Safe to say we will probably just drive to Goathland in the future. We finished off a long day by treating ourselves to fish cake, chips and curry (again, oops) from The Magpie Cafe and tucked into to some delicious ice cream.
Friday came far too quickly and with check out being at 10am, we had to get our butts in gear to tidy up all of our mess and get ready to travel home. There’s always something rather depressing about leaving to go home, but it definitely won’t be long till we hit the road again. We stopped of at Robin Hood’s Bay for a short stroll to watch the tide come in, to explore the visitor centre and to tuck into a little picnic before heading home. Three hours later we made it home and unpacked our things.
I think I’ve been bitten by the travel bug as I’m already looking for more places to visit with Tom next year. It was so lovely to spend some quality time with him as we don’t often get to spend much time together during university semesters and work. I can’t wait to make more memories with him and to obviously return to Whitby in the future.