An Easter Adventure in North Yorkshire – Day 1.

Greetings Fellow Adventurers!

This Easter, deciding we needed to get out of the house for a few days during the school holidays, we took a trip up north to visit some of our favourite places – York, and North Yorkshire.

Ratty by the Sea

Location: Up tut North
Total distance traveled: Approx 600 miles
Total time at the wheel: Lots!
Packets of square crisps eaten: Even more lots!

Having driven to a hotel in Thirsk on Wednesday night after work, we set off bright and early on the Thursday to wend our way to across the moors, ending up in York and then the coast. Our first stop was Kirkham Priory near Malton, Built in 1120 it’s now a fine medieval ruin in a glorious setting by the River Derwent.

The ruins of Kirkham Priory
These arches housed the ‘laver’, where the monks washed their hands before dinner.

After we finished exploring Kirkham we headed into the wonderful medieval city of York. First stop was the much loved (by us) ‘Bagel Nash’ near the Jorvik Centre. This bready cafe is part of a small chain in northern England, and it does the most wonderful filled bagels.

The roof of the Chapter House – York Minster

After Lunch, we went to York Minster. Visiting the Minster is like meeting up with an old friend, and we’re always glad to be there. It often seems pleased to see us too, as special things seem to happen while we’re there – this time is was the choir setting up and rehearsing for the Easter Sunday Worship. The sound of the singing in that vast ancient building was breathtaking.

The wonderful Minster! 

It is a stunningly beautiful building, and well worth a trip to York for this alone. Aside from a minor, yet amusing incident perfectly timed in the acoustically superb Chapter house that we won’t mention (thank you, Nathan!), we had a wonderfully peaceful time exploring and soaking up the very special atmosphere of the place. We can’t wait to go back.

York Minster’s Nave

After the minster, we whiled away some time wandering around the streets. We enjoyed the really inventive street performers (loved the ‘plumber drummer’), sampled some of the best chocolate in the world (Monk Bar), basked in the history and the relaxed vibe that is York. It’s a really great city to unwind in.

Stonegate, York

After a few hours, it was time to move on to see the sea, before my nautically-minded daughter exploded with excitement. We drove to the coast just south of Scarborough. This wasn’t fully planned, as we had intended to go further north towards Whitby, but as we were running out of daylight we headed for the little seaside town of Filey instead, and boy were we glad we did.

Filey from the north end of the beach
Alli and the nautically mad daughter enjoying the view out to sea

Filey was a great little place to visit. A long sandy beach, wonderful cliffs on either side and only a little bit of naff British seasideness at one end of the seafront. When we got there the day was drawing to a close and there was hardly a soul in sight. The tide was just starting it’s outward turn, the horizon obscured by mist, and the full moon lying low in the sky was reflecting on the surface of the sea. We took a stroll along the promenade taking in the sights, and then walked back along the wonderfully flat beach, stopping to play at the waters edge and photographing the moon and a flashing lighthouse in the distance.

Admiring the ambience

As always, the cold wind eventually chased us back to the car, but even then we sat in the Ratmobile with the doors open, eating our picnic tea and watching and listening to the sea until it was dark.

Moon, sea and lighthouse – it truly was a magical evening

Happy and content, and pretty tired, we headed back across North Yorkshire, back to the hotel, and to bed…

I’m back off to the hotel now – See you in part 2!












23 thoughts on “An Easter Adventure in North Yorkshire – Day 1.”

  1. That light over the sea was phenomenal. I’ll never forget it, watching it from the sea’s edge with Maddie dreaming of tall ships by my side. It was a great few days and I can’t wait to move up there and study for my MA at York! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Filey was a wonderful place and I’m looking forward to going back.
      You must try the Monk Bar Chocolates! They’re based in the Shambles and have a superb range. Try a chocolate shot! 😀


  2. Looking forward to tagging along on this adventure. The intricate architecture of the Minster is phenomenal! And it’s always a nice calm evening to spend a few minutes by the seaside. Now you’ve got me craving ‘Monk Bar’ chocolates.

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    1. Thanks Tyson! If you ever get to York – you need to have some Monk bar! The Minster is a stunning building and to be honest my pictures don’t do it justice. I’d like to go back there and take some better ones. It’s worthy of a post in itself!


  3. Your pictures brought back pleasant memories of visiting York with my husband in 1990. I think the Minster was being renovated at the time as I’m sure my slides all showed it with scaffolding on the outside but it is a wonderful building. We went to the Jorvik Centre and strolled around the streets but my favourite part of York, the city, is the city walls. I could have walked around up there for hours. My other favourite thing in York is the National Rail Museum which I especially wanted David to see as I had seen it in 1977 as well. He loved it and we loved the long platform at York Station, such a fantastic place to take a train from. Our visit was short and we didn’t have access to a car so didn’t go to Filey but have been to Scarborough. I do love the old style of British seaside towns. My childhood summer holidays were in Clacton so piers and promenades are special to me.

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    1. Thank you – I’m so glad to hear that my pictures have bought back special memories for you 😀
      York is indeed a wonderful place and the railway museum is indeed superb. I’ve not walked the walls in years but I know what you mean.
      I’ve been to Scarborough many a time, but never Clacton – but I spent many a holiday at the British seaside too – good memories!
      Thanks for taking the time to read the post 🙂

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  4. Some lovely atmospheric pictures of Filey Stuart. Sounds like you a great trip and I’m looking forward to pt 2. I thoroughly enjoy reading about your adventures and the number of bags of square crisps you eat along the way 🙂

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    1. Thanks Malcolm, I’m really glad you like the photo’s and the adventures – it’s always a pleasure to hear from you. I can’t lay claim to the square crisps – those are my all down to my son! 😀

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  5. Wish you well with York and the MA. I did a lovely OU summer school there 30 years ago and had an undergraduate offer there as well – though I went to UEA in Norwich instead. We go to York often. Great place.

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