We just had the perfect little British Seaside holiday at Sandsend on the Yorkshire Coast.

Here we are by our cottage, which was a delight to be in.

North of the village is a trail through the old alum workings along the cliffs. Here is the view across to Sandsend Ness.

And the view back across the bay to Whitby: you can just see the Abbey ruins.

The flora is very special along the cliffs: here is wood vetch.


And typical taller flowers of boggy ground: Angelica and Hemp Agrimony.

Wood sage and bell heather.

Giant Horsetail.

Carline Thistle

Mulgrave woods are out the back of Sandsend and hold some wonderful trees. Here are some  beech views.

This is old Mulgrave Castle


We took a daytrip up the coast to Staithes.

The flat rock next to the village is excellent fossil-hunting ground with Jurassic rocks from a tropical lagoon.

These arrow-shaped marks are Belemnites, the shells of extinct relatives of squid. They form the best material for reconstructing ancient oceanic environments via the isotopic signatures in their shells.

Up the cliffs from Staithes is a good view across to Kettleness.

Up the back of Sandsend is Lythe Bank, a steep slope leading to Lythe village which has a very old church which dates to pre-Viking days. Here’s the view down to the sea from the churchyard.

The church

And here are three views down Lythe Bank towards Whitby.

We took an afternoon walk to Danby Dale on the Esk Valley. Here is Danby church where we parked. It’s one of those wierd churches that is over a mile away from its village.

Country lane in Danby Dale

Lara on top of Danby Rigg, with Dancing Rock in the background.

And under the rock.

From the top of the rock looking towards the head of Danby Dale.

View of Danby from Danby Rigg. We flushed many Red Grouse from up here.

On our way down we passed an extraordinary field full of harebells.

Between Lythe church and the coast is an old Pannier Trod, dating from the time before roads had been built across the moors. At Lythe, it’s called the Green Lane.

And gives stunning views back to Lythe church.

And it spits you out at another stunning view of the bay across to Kettleness.

Devil’s bit  scabious.


More views of Lythe church.

Hart’s tongue fern


More heaven; with Meadowsweet, Rosebay Willowherb, and Hemp Agrimony.

Sandsend Ness


Sound effects.

Narrow-bordered Five Spotted Burnet Moth

And empty pupal case.

So, every moment of this last week was sheer joy. Now it’s back to earth with a bump. At least we still have the weekend.