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Motorhoming Adventures on the North Yorkshire / Northumberland coastlines

Motorhoming Adventures on the North Yorkshire / Northumberland coastlines

With time to spare we’ve headed northwards towards North Yorkshire and Northumberland on the NE coast to grab some time on our second favourite coastline in the UK (behind Holkham in Norfolk)

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The views towards the brooding clouds just highlight the coastal remoteness of Whitbyor Scarborough. These are only added to by the  ruined abbey of Whitby. Yet nothing quite beats the walks over the cliffs before grabbing ‘fish ‘n’ chips’ on the seafront….For those who prefer a quieter experience, our favourite bays include Port Musgrave and Brunswick Bay… both offer brilliant walks over the rocks and quaint little coastal village harbours.

Heading back inland, we took the chance to see a small ‘little known’ waterfall called Falling Foss… There are some brilliant walks around this gladed wood that rivals Aysgarth Falls from the Yorkshire Dales… but this one has a ‘trump card’…. the picturesque ‘oldy worldy’ tea shop near the waterfall… full of interesting wooden play equipment and a plentiful supply of clotted cream scones & pots of tea!

Our favourite bike ride is also close to to this area, but time stopped us grabbing a full ride… but we all love any chance to pick out the bikes and head down the ‘blue’ runs of the Dalby Forest mountain bike downhill course….. Next time, we’ve promised both girls we’ll try the World MTB Cup ‘black run‘… but with full helmets / gear!!!

Leaving the North Yorkshire Moors over one of the prettiest drives we’ve taken across Europe… the  stunning Blakey Ridge…we managed to get some of that infamous ‘Yorkshire weather’… beautiful blue sky/sun one minute followed by a biting wind and dark inky thunder clouds…. this only adds to the bleakness of this landscape yet it’s natural beauty opens up each time the sun shines across the heather laden moor (beautiful at this time of year in it’s resplendent ‘purple’ flowering)

Arriving on the Northumberland coastline, we headed immediately for Bamburgh and onwards to Holy Island… a truly eye catching sight that requires you to time your visit perfectly…. Needing to cross the shallow waters of the mudflats.. you need to cross in low tide…just in case!!!

The island has a very special landmark that has had many uses in it’s interesting history… from monastery to holiday home.. it is now a National Trust property and is well restored and protected…

Bamburgh beach has an equally impressive landmark as the castle towers over the coastline, yet this time the beach opens out into glorious sand dunes that certainly rival those at Holkham…

With dusk falling we flew back down the A1 towards the another castle, this time one that gained its notierity due to ‘Harry Potter’… Alnwick Castle is well worth a full day visit to see both the gardens, castle and the amazing treehouse near it’s car park…It would be easy to spend longer here than the 3days we managed… but we’ll soon be heading south for our 2nd instalment of ‘A Taste of France’… we can’t wait!!

Our next leg of our European Motorhome Adventure will see us joined by a pair of ‘novice’ motorhomers… Richard’s parents.. Both girls are ‘over the moon’ to share an adventure with their grandparents.. so fingers crossed it starts well this Sunday!!

Bamburgh

so where did we park the bus for the night?

We used a fair few will camping places, but settled on the car park just under Bamburgh Castle as our favourite to explore the area.

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Richard

Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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