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Thornwick Bay

Thornwick Bay

Following a tip off from one of our guests we headed out this morning to Thornwick Bay near Flamborough Head to see the puffins. Just £1.50 at the car park gets you access to the Bay (and the caves at low tide) as well the chance to see puffins and razorbills close...

Things to do in the Great Yorkshire Forest

Things to do in the Great Yorkshire Forest

You may have seen our "back garden" on TV recently in the "Secret Life of the Forest" on Channel 5.  To say that the Great Yorkshire Forest is our back garden isn't an over statement.  Turn right as you leave our cottages and in just over a mile you are in the back of...

Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood's Bay is a fantastic little place to visit at any time of year. Full of old world charm, the old village has a long history of smuggling. If you are brave enough you can venture up the tunnel from the beach that the local stream runs through.  Look up and...

Birdwatching in Wishing Well Wood

Birdwatching in Wishing Well Wood

We have just added some new bird feeders in to Wishing Well Wood.  Set up so that from the comfort of a bench overlooking our big pond you can quietly watch the visitors that come to the feeding station.  Over the course of an hour we watched, Great Tits, Willow Tits...

ATTENTION SOLO TRAVELLERS!

ATTENTION SOLO TRAVELLERS!

ATTENTION SOLO TRAVELLERS! Did you know that in a recent survey Ryedale, where our self catering holiday cottages are, has been voted the best place in the UK for the solo traveller to visit? This is based on the friendliness and happiness of the people (amongst other...

Bird Watching and Photography with Yorkshire Coast Nature

Bird Watching and Photography with Yorkshire Coast Nature

Back in early December Alastair  joined Steve from Yorkshire Coast Nature for a bird watching photography workshop. Whilst the weather wasn't great and the birds proved elusive, Steve's knowledge of birds, their habits and their behaviours easily filled the hours....

Ryedale Tour de Abbey

Ryedale Tour de Abbey

Ryedale Tour de Abbey We went on an impromptu tour around Ryedale today visiting its great Abbey's and Priory. Before any great trip, one must first get sustenance, so we first headed to the market town of Helmsley where we had breakfast at Mannions of Helmsley. Can't...

A Walk to Blakey Topping Stone Circle

A Walk to Blakey Topping Stone Circle

Went for a walk last week to Blakey Topping and the stone circle (what's left of it) that lies at the foot of it. A relatively easy 7km, that like many walks for us starts at the Saltergate Car Park just above the Hole of Horcum. Having achieved the stone circle we...

The Hairy Bikers Go North

The Hairy Bikers Go North

If you follow The Hairy Bikers, you will have seen them on BBC2 on Thursdays at 2000hrs exploring the North of England on a culinary adventure.  Two episodes were filmed close to us at Cliff House Holiday Cottages.  One concentrated on the Yorkshire Coast and the...

NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY

NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY

Did you know today is National Gumdrop day in the USA ? (what ever next ?) Still it’s a good excuse to pop out to the fabulous Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop - https://www.helmsleysweets.co.uk/ They sell sweets the old-fashioned way, straight from big jars into paper...

Cayton Bay

Cayton Bay

Cayton Bay, with its big beach and views across to the old town area of Scarborough, is 12 miles and just over 20 mins drive away from our self catering holiday cottages.  The large beach at Cayton is perfect for letting the dog off the lead and for kite flying...

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The Cross Keys, dinner by Uovo

The Cross Keys, dinner by Uovo

A fantastic new restaurant in Malton, putting it firmly on the foodie map Uovo has been around the East and North Yorkshire area as a pop up restaurant headed by chef patron David Tait for a couple of years now following lock down.  Recently David has set down roots...

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of North Yorkshire, a captivating adventure awaits you at the National Trust's Fountains Abbey. Just over 1hr and 20 minutes from our cottages across the heart of North Yorkshire.. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this majestic ruin...