They say that adventure can lead to the most wonderful of experiences in life. Can fulfil a persons dreams and open their mind to the world around them. We have a little boy that loves the great outdoors. Someone that loves being outside, walking, climbing, playing and most of all exploring. And so, as he is the driving force behind our little family adventures, I thought I would share with you our recent trip to Whitby during Easter. We had a fantastic few days exploring the town around the Partridge Nest Farm Pods where we stayed so much so that I wanted to share them with you. The farm was perfectly positioned in the Yorkshire countryside, and on the doorstep of all that you need to explore around this gorgeous coastal town.
Now where to start, how about at the very beginning, all good stories have an introduction, a squishy bit in the middle with all the details and lets not forget a perfectly descriptive ending to send you off on your merry way. Possibly to Robin Hoods Bay! Are you with me? Let’s go…
We arrived in Whitby on the Thursday to a blue sky and sunshine, we were so lucky as the weather we left behind in Staffordshire was a little rainy and dreary. After taking in the stunning views surrounding our Pod we very quickly unpacked and jumped straight back in the car to begin our first adventure.
Our first day exploring led us to the gorgeous coastal town of Whitby famed for its stunning views, the harbour, gorgeous beach, cobbled streets lined with quaint little shops and of course The Abbey which is a mere 199 steps from the base of the cobbled streets to the top. And yes we climbed them twice, this five year old of ours takes some tiring out. The views from the top and of course the Abbey itself were breath-taking. Before climbing to the top we filled our rucksack with the yummiest cakes from Sandgate Coffee & Delights, a beautiful shabby chic style shop on the corner of the bottom row of shops – Market Place, which sold homemade cakes and of course coffee! We may have visited each day and most definitely recommend the bakewell tart! Delicious.
George has an obsession with lighthouses and so when we saw that you could climb one at the end of the pier for £1.50 each he was jumping for joy – and then there was me, shamed into climbing to the top in fear of looking silly in front of my boys and absolutely petrified to take in the views. I am so glad that I did, the view over the harbour, looking up to the Abbey really was stunning.
As we made our way back along the harbour we ventured in to the infamous Magpie Café – we were lucky to visit on a weekday which meant a rather small queue in comparison to the Saturday when we passed by. Personally I found the food very overpriced and the chips, well they weren’t out of this world – maybe we visited on a bad day but imagine that. Whilst the café was really cute, with a great view and they did have an amazing children’s menu we much preferred an alternative chip shop a little further down the row – Quayside. The scampi and chips were very tasty indeed.
Day one of our trip looked a little like this…
After a cosy nights sleep in our Camping Pod we set about another day of adventure, this one was led by Mr H who had researched the perfect morning for our five year old. We headed to Falling Foss Waterfall in a nearby forest to Whitby, just a few minutes in the car so perfect for a little adventure. We found the waterfall very quickly, which was beautiful and so peaceful – as we moved on we stumbled across this gorgeous little cottage style Tea Garden which served the tastiest homemade food and snacks, and a rather good pot of coffee too. And best of all they were hosting an Easter trail for the children which led us around the forest in search of bunny rabbits. A perfect couple of hours spent stomping around the woods and eating yummy treats.
We then made our way over to the absolutely stunning town of Robin Hoods Bay. My most favourite part of our trip. The views, the beach and the hilly town filled with cute little streets and ever so quaint shops felt so typically British. We ate lunch at The Old Bakery, the cheese toasty Mr H had looked divine and the cakes George and I shared were quite simply delicious. Tea and cake filled our bellies before we took in the views from the bay. The café was one of the cutest I have visited in a while which for those of you that know me is a mean feat!
We then made our way back to Whitby where we stumbled across (I think it is this what makes Whitby so fab, you stumble across so much as you walk the cobbled streets) a gorgeous little restaurant by the name of Humble Pie n Mash on Church Street. I am so glad that we did. Oh my goodness, lip smacking good food, home cooked and perfect after a day stomping around the forest and towns. We managed to grab a seat downstairs by the fire, with such a great atmosphere I could have pulled over a blanket and watched folk coming and going all evening. The children’s menu was perfect for our little boy and despite not eating a pudding because quite simply there was no room left I saw the roly poly from a far which looked so good. I love the quirky yet traditional feel of this little place. Dare I say, I preferred it to the chips!
Day two went a little bit like this…
Still with me? And lastly day 3 went a little bit like this – a trip back to Whitby to enjoy the views, buy souvenirs and to take a little sail on the pirate ship George had been eyeing up from Day 1. We chose the windiest of days and oh my goodness was it choppy, thankfully the Captain took a shine to George and gave us some blankets which really did come in handy. He loved it so so much, as did Mr H – there was singing and a lot of laughs. We then took one last walk along the beach to see the painted beach huts and of course to jump in front of them – if you can’t be silly when on holiday when can you be?
Whitby you were truly amazing, so much to see and do for all the family. I hope you have enjoyed reading all about our little family adventures in Whitby. You can read Part 1 here with our thoughts on the Camping Pods we stayed at.
I have added this post to Sarah’s #MondayEscapes over on her blog Extraordinary Chaos.