Saturday, 1 October 2011

Everyone's gone to the sea.


Our glorious autumn weather is set to break tomorrow as rain comes down from the North and the temperature begins to drop. But today is a lovely day and the farmer and I decided to have a day out. Unfortunately everyone else decided the same.

We set off, with Tess, at around ten o'clock to go to the sea on the East coast. This meant going across the North York Moors, which in themselves are very scenic so I had high hopes of some good photographs for you.


By the time we reached Thirsk (about a third of the way there) we were in a continuous line of traffic, all heading for the same place we guessed. We pulled off the road and had our lunch and took Tess for a walk in the North York Moors - very dramatic scenery but not much of a photograph as it is all so vast and the heather is over and is all brown.

It was lovely to see the sea but we never managed to get out of the continuous line of traffic. Every car park was full and there was absolutely nowhere to stop. We went down to Whitby, Staithes, Runswick, Sandsend and Saltburn - and enjoyed the views, with the windows wide open. and saw the thousands of people on the beach enjoying themselves. But we had little choice but to keep going.

However, we did enjoy the ride out in spite of that. We passed within a mile of Denise Nesbitt's village (Mrs Nesbitt's space) but decided not to call as they are deep into remodelling their kitchen and we didn't want to disturb progress.

The countryside was so beautiful with the trees turning to their Autumn colours and the hazy views so Autumnal. Sad that everyone else had decided to do the same thing but we arrived home having enjoyed ourselves nevertheless. And if it rains tomorrow - as it is forecast to do - then we shall be pleased that we went today.

18 comments:

Gerry Snape said...

sounds like a super journey...shqame about the crowds Pat. Will the weather hold? The farmer might know!

Heather said...

Your photograph is beautiful Pat - I love an unspoiled landscape like that where you can stretch your eyes for miles. What a shame you couldn't park anywhere, but good that you still enjoyed your day out. We might have a couple more warm days to come but a chance of rain on Wednesday.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Same down here today - all roads to the coast very busy. Me? I went to the local pub and had a meal, lots of people there too but most of them sat outside with the wasps and flies.

Cloudia said...

what a pleasing post.

I feel nicely Autumnal now!


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Gwil W said...

Pat, you must go in winter and watch the storms - the place to yourself!

MorningAJ said...

It really was heaving on the Yorkshire coast today. It was quite hard work (not that I'd have missed it for the world!)
Pictures

Tom Stephenson said...

It's going to be warm until tuesday, according to R4.

Elisabeth said...

It sounds almost romantic to read that 'everyone's gone to the sea', and then to read on and discover the traffic jam en route and the overcrowded beaches - anything but romantic. Good that you could make the most of it though, Pat. Something you seem to do so well. And why not? There's nothing worse than piling bitter resentment on top of your disappointments.

Norm'sBlog said...

I had a trip to the coast on Friday and only just managed to get a parking spot at Robin Hoods Bay. Stayed there most of the afternoon before going to Whitby.It was very busy then.

mrsnesbitt said...

Pat - head for Skinningrove next time - on the A174 - tis the best beach there is and totally undiscovered - plenty of parking too. We, funnily enough were in Huddersfield with Jon's business - but came home via Thirsk - I bet we passed each other! lol!

George said...

Sounds like a great day, Pat, notwithstanding the crowds. Good photos of the moors are difficult to create; sometimes I think it's best in these types of environments to simply put the camera down and enjoy a landscape that is difficult for the camera to capture.

I remember the Whitby area. That's where I made my train connection after completing the coast to coast at Robin Hood's Bay, just to the south.

Mary said...

The English coastline, always so beautiful, but probably the best if one can find the lesser known spots, especially on a marvelous day!

Your trip sounded awesome crossing the moors though, and I'm glad you made the most of it despite traffic and people - hope you get another chance to return when it's quieter.

Happy October - Mary

Pondside said...

It sounds like you made the best of the day and enjoyed it on your own terms. I'd love to see the North York Moors, which were stunning, with or without heather.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I think we should have gone today - a warm day but wet and windy. Then we should have found plenty of parking spaces. Lots of advice though - thanks Denise. Thank you for the comments.

Rare Lesser Spotted said...

Glad you enjoyed your day - raining here now after a lovely day Sunday 9.40 pm) XX

Mary Elizabeth said...

Your countryside looks beautiful!
Our nearest body of water is Lake Michigan, and it doesn't hold a candle to your wonderful scenery.
Enjoy.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes folks, I think you are right - we should have stayed on the beautiful North York Moors and kept away from the coast. There will be nobody there today - it is cold and windy - October at its worst. Thanks for the comments.

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