Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside

Tony and Janet Hall

This year’s Wednesday Walkers’ autumn break was based at Scarborough, staying for 5 nights at the Victoria Seaview Hotel, North Bay. The food was excellent and we were well looked after. The walking commenced on the Sunday afternoon of arrival with a 5-6 mile route in the nearby Raincliffe Woods. The following 4 days of walks included 3 exhilarating Cleveland Way coastal sections and 2 more inland walks – the spectacular Hole of Horcum and ‘find Fat Betty’ (a pre-Norman waymarker). We had some remarkable lunch stops; watching and listening to seals on the walk to Filey; Hayburn Wyke on the Robin Hood’s Bay section; and at Whitby Abbey next to the extraordinary St. Mary’s Church. The Levisham Station lunch stop on the Hole of Horcum walk was notable for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam trains and the vintage toilets. We had a passing steam train at elevenses too; betwixt, an adder crossing our path. The bus service was useful for the coastal walks.

Meanwhile other activities included travelling on the N.Y.M.R. from Pickering to Whitby, cycling in Dalby Forest, and visiting the local resorts. Restorative drinks at the pub round the corner from the Hotel were available, with an amazing range of craft beers at a keen price. Many thanks are given: especially to Pam for much of the recruitment and administration; to David for sorting and leading the inland walks; to Andrew, our group walks collector, for publicity; to Paul for the final night’s quiz; and to all for the very good company.


Derbyshire Dales Group