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Why Go To Whitby – Things to do in Whitby, Yorkshire

We picked a beautiful sunny day to enjoy a Treasure Trail around Whitby. There are three to choose from but we decided to do the one that explores the connections to Bram Stoker called Curse of the Vampire!

Whitby Jet

Along the way we got distracted by the many Whitby Jet jewellery shops. Jet can be picked up from the beaches along the coast and we had found a black rock that might have been jet or might have been coal. It was coa! Undaunted, we decided to buy a pendant. Prices ranged from an affordable £20 to £500+ and we went into at least a dozen shops to choose one! What amazed me was how incredibly light it is. We chose a sea washed one rather than a highly carved and polished one from Monkey Puzzle Gems.

Why go to Whitby - Whitby Jet
Why Go To Whitby - Things to do in Whitby, Yorkshire - Whitby Views

Whitby Views

Whitby has the best views of the town, the Abbey and of course the North Sea. Our route took us up to the West Cliff where we were greeted by a statue of Captain Cook. All along the coast there are references to Captain Cook. Whitby's claim to fame is that he learned his craft in Whitby ships trading to the Baltic. Two of the vessels he used on his long and perilous voyages – 'Resolution' and 'Endeavour' were built in Whitby.

The Trail also took us up the 199 steps on the other side of the town to reach St Mary's Church and beyond to Whitby Abbey. Climbing to the top of the steps meant we got some stunning views of Whitby on the way back down!

We didn't do it, but there is an opportunity to see a view of Whitby from the sea for just £3. The boat rides take 20 minutes and I was told by the man selling tickets, the views are amazing! Seemed good value, but we had a date for lunch with Jane, the Whitby Trail writer.

Why Go To Whitby - Things to do in Whitby, Yorkshire - Whitby Views
Why Go To Whitby - Things to do in Whitby, Yorkshire - Whitby

Whitby Seafood

One of the joys of being on the coast is the plentiful opportunities for fish and chips! We had been recommended to go to the Magpie Cafe. There is a lot of hype about it and their own website boasts they are the finest in Yorkshire. We’d been told there may be a queue to get in. There was and we dutifully joined it. I had assumed it would be tiny inside, but it was huge with tables on several floors. We were shown to a table in the window, so got a double whammy - great views and fabulous food. Yes it lived up to its claim.

The best bit of our day was the fun we had with the spooky Dracula Trail. We are looking forward to going back to Whitby again to do either the Spy Mission or the Murder Mystery.

21st September 2018

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Secret Spots near Leominster

Herefordshire is full of secret spots.  It's a county that doesn’t get the numbers of tourists that other counties in the UK get.

Living there means we get to go out and enjoy some of these secret places and a few weeks ago we did just that.

Queenswood Country Park

Although Queenswood Country Park is relatively well known, there are places off the paths that only the locals know. One such place is the reading seat. Intended for a family storytelling stop in a natural fairytale style glen, it's hidden amongst the trees and could easily be missed. After you’ve enjoyed its secret spot, you can head over to the cafe for hot drinks and snacks as we usually do. Or do it the other way round and take a picnic there. 

Secret Spots near Leominster - Queenswood Country Park
Secret Spots near Leominster - Country Store

Country Store

A hop and a skip from Queenswood is Wynne's of Dinmore, which is a relatively new country store and tea room. We spent a very sunny afternoon up there recently. Wynne's is at the top of Dinmore Hill and therefore the views across the paddocks are amazing. Visitors will be enchanted by the variety of of animals and poultry to see or buy. From pretty little hens, rabbits and guinea pigs through to miniature goats and pigs as well as llamas, alpacas and ponies. After we'd had a good look around, we had a cup of tea in some quirky china and a piece of cake. It was a lovely end to our visit.

Westhope Common

If you are into views then within spitting distance of Queenswood is Westhope Common.  A perfect place for a wild picnic (there are no benches there), the views looking in every direction are amazing. Looking one way is the view of the whole of North Herefordshire spread out in front of you. In another direction on a clear day you can see the Welsh Black Mountains and Hay Bluff. In yet another direction, the Malvern Hills stand proudly on the horizon. We love the walk up there from the village hall, however if you don’t fancy walking three miles each way, then you can always drive.

Secret Spots near Leominster - Country Store

Treasure Trails often take you to secret spots and the Leominster Spy Mission and Leominster Murder Mystery Trails are no exception. They might not stay secret for long though as Leominster was named as one of the best places to live according to the Sunday Times this week. Do you know of any secret spots where you live? We’d love to hear about them.

14th March 2017

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