The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum

I used to be a frequent traveller through the Castle Howard estate, I lived nearby. I must have passed this site hundreds of times without really giving it a lot of thought. What a gem I had been missing. Truth is I probably wasn’t sure what an arboretum was either! An arboretum is simply a botanical collection which is made up of trees. Generally, it is intended to be a place for scientific study. Just…

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Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall and Studley Royal Water Garden

The extensive sandstone ruins of Fountains Abbey are located in the wooded valley of the River Skell. On the same 800 acre site is the Georgian water garden of Studley Royal complete with statues, follies and amazing views. The site is also home to the Elizabethan Fountains Hall and the Victorian St Mary’s Church. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the Abbey ruins and other buildings, not forgetting the Deer Park as well….

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The Beaches of Flamborough Head

The Beaches of Flamborough Head

The coastline around Flamborough Head boasts stunning chalk cliffs, magical coves with rock pools, caves, sea stacks and archways, as well as pebble and sand beaches. The chalk here is millions of years old. It was laid down when dinosaurs were still wandering the earth. At the southern end of the cliffs lies Bridlington and at the northern limit Bempton’s famous RSPB reserve. At Bempton, the 400-foot high chalk cliffs provide nesting sites for large…

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Whitby

Whitby

Introduction I really like Whitby, it’s a fantastic place, dog-friendly nearly everywhere, and with lots of things to see and do. Whatever time of year you visit, Whitby is always busy. Unlike a lot of seaside resorts, there is no end of season in Whitby.¬†The¬†former fishing town is very photogenic and has a dramatic coastline, long stretches of sandy beach and a quaint harbour. The town splits into two distinct halves, bisected by the tidal…

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Walk from Whitby to Sandsend

Walk from Whitby to Sandsend

Introduction. This is a popular beach walk from Whitby to the nearby village of Sandsend, along a flat sandy beach. The route is part of the Cleveland Way, although technically this follows the top of West Cliff and the A174 to Sandsend. The beach is a much better option unless it’s a particularly high tide. The long, wide beach is ideal for a dog walk, plenty of room for dogs to run around. The walk…

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Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Terrace sits on the hill above Rievaulx Abbey. Thomas Duncombe the Third, the owner of Duncombe Park, created this neo-classical garden in 1758. The National Trust owns the site and access is free for members, non-members must pay the entrance fee. If you are combining a visit here with a trip to Rievaulx Abbey, the two sites are only a short walk or car ride apart. The site allows Dogs as long as they…

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Scarborough

Scarborough

Scarborough North Bay Scarborough has two bays, North and South, each quite different. The North Bay is quieter of the two bays and has a wide expanse of sandy beach at low tide. I usually walk from the southern end (Marine Drive and headland) to the Sea Life Sanctuary (white triangular buildings). This takes you past the Freddie Gilroy sculpture, cafes, flats, shops, beach huts, miniature railway and back. The beach is quite busy at…

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Rudston Monolith

Rudston Monolith

Above image thanks to Mum’s taxi, Wikimedia Commons Rudston Monolith All Saints churchyard in Rudston, East Yorkshire is home to Britain’s tallest, prehistoric standing stone. The stone stands about 8 metres high, is nearly 2 metres wide and is estimated to weigh about 40 tonnes. This giant block of grey sandstone/gritstone was thought to have been quarried in either the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age at Cayton Bay (the nearest source of this type…

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Walk around Filey Bay

Walk around Filey Bay

If you have a dog, Filey Bay is a great place to walk him or her. Much of the Bay has a large, sandy beach. The full bay stretches from Filey Brigg at the northern end through Filey town, Primrose Valley and Hunmanby Gap. It continues past Reighton to Speeton Sands at the southern end, a walk of five miles. You can start this walk at several points along the bay making for a short…

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Walk from Runswick Bay to Staithes along the Cleveland Way.

Walk from Runswick Bay to Staithes along the Cleveland Way.

This is a short (3 mile) cliff-top walk, from Runswick Bay, through Port Mulgrave and on to Staithes. There are some amazing views. It follows the Cleveland Way for the whole length of the walk. Runswick Bay. If you have walked into Runswick Bay from further down the coast, Whitby or Sandsend, then walk along the beach to the old lifeboat station. This sits above the rail-mounted winch and fishing cobles. From here it’s a…

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