Welcome to 'Kelly's Guide'...
A sort of Bill Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island," from a lovely Goathland Guest House instead! Here you'll find local information, news from the house, short tales and observations and anything else which springs to mind as I type. Long may Summer 2016 continue! Here we are at the start of September, and it remains glorious – even when the days start a little gloomy and drizzly, the afternoons and evenings are glorious! Fingers crossed it continues and Autumn holds off for the rest of September! It’s been all hands on deck the last couple of days, having a tidy up in the garden and cutting the grass (the downside of so much sunshine and the odd over-night cloud burst is the speed it makes the grass grow at!) The begonias are stunning, the calendulas are holding on and then there’s weeding. Weeding. And more weeding. If nothing else grows…
Here’s hoping the weather holds – there are still a couple of shows yet to take place… Castleton on 10th and Stokesley on 17th, both of which are well worth a visit. And there’s Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival on 10th & 11th, with over 140 artists exhibiting. We’re hoping to scoot over for a couple of hours and enjoy some installations that have been especially developed for the event. It’s a stunning village on any day, and the festival should be the icing on the cake. Mmmm, cake… I’ve been experimenting this week, turning my regular favourites into gluten-free friendly creations. A new chocolate brownie recipe is proving very popular (and I confess to sharing it begrudgingly), and I think the lime and coconut cake works as well with ground almonds as it does flour! Mum was in charge of the lemon drizzle cake this last weekend, and our Aussie guests, who were last here 3 years ago, claimed it was a highlight of their last trip to the UK and enjoyed it again this time!
And whilst the sun keeps shining, the events and shows keep coming. Lythe Show takes place on 10th, Guisborough hold their Forest Festival on 11th and Whitby host both a Motown Soul Weekender and a 60’s Spectacular this month. The North York Moors Railways hosts the Autumn Steam Gala from 30th.
September also sees one of mine and mum’s favourite annual events… the York Food and Drink Festival, this year running from 23rd onwards. The array of goodies (with stall holders eager for you to taste-test before you buy) is incredible, and it’s worth the trip to watch Paella being made from scratch in a pan bigger than an old dustbin lid. And to eat a portion for lunch, of course! I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for smoked chicken, venison sausage, artisan breads and something 100% chocolate for take-home pudding that night. Yum.
Now I’ve completely lost my focus. Ahem. Back to business… September is also our anniversary month – 7 years and counting since we became proud owners of Fairhaven. It could be a little busy to celebrate, but if in doubt an ice-cream in the village is a simple pleasure, and benches with great vantage
points are hardly tricky to find whilst we enjoy it! Need more ideas of things to do? As ever, the ‘Inspired by…’ Gallery at Danby has an exhibition on, currently ‘All around us’ and ‘Foray into Fibre.’ Amazingly, entry to the centre, and the exhibition, is free and it really is worth a visit, with a tea room to ensure you don’t go hungry or thirsty. And for things you can enjoy at anytime of year, see below for local tips…
What else can I tempt you with throughout September? The Steam Trains are running on a full timetable from Pickering and Whitby, the Birch Hall at Beck Hole is open 7 days a week 11am – 11pm and if we’re going to see some sunshine, this is the best time to book a break and take your chances!
You might like to know, for example, that if you've had a leisurely Saturday hopping on and off the NYM Steam Railway, eaten an ice-cream or two and whiled away an hour watching the sheep nibble their way up The Common, that you won't need to drive down to Whitby to enjoy fish and chips... Eskdale Fisheries in Sleights is a great spot, with picnic benches in the garden outside so you can enjoy fish and chips at their best - open, in paper, in the sunshine!
Ever heard about the little pub you just have to visit in Beck Hole? Just a mile from Goathland by car and little less to walk down the Rail Trail... The Birch Hall is one of the best and smallest pubs in Britain, complete with sweet shop and beer garden. Enjoy a 'Beck Hole Butty' and a pint of 'Beck Watter'!
Sandsend... glorious beaches, good coffee and cake at both 'Sandside' and 'Wit's End', art gallery, pub, a 'foodies' shop and just a couple of miles north of Whitby town centre. Perfect. But don't tell anyone else about it!
For fish and chips, 'The Magpie' is rightly famous. Cue the queues! Alternatively head over the swing bridge into the old town and keep to the right... you'll find Hadley's. It's good. And Fortune's own-smoked kippers (find them on Henrietta Street), can even be posted home for you.
For a walk from our doorstep, follow the Rail Trail down to Grosmont - head to the Geall's Art Cafe for coffee and cake to set you up for the walk back. Or pop into the Old School House Coffee Shop for a slice or scrumptious chocolate cake. And you can even cheat and catch the train back to Goathland Station.
One of our favourite 'drives' starts by heading out of Goathland towards Egton, then up through Glaisdale and on to Danby. If you're peckish en route, stop in Lealholm for a home-baked treat from the bakery and enjoy it whilst looking at fantastic views towards the North Sea. Beyond Danby you'll find Castleton before circling back towards Hutton-le-Hole. Stop off at the Red Lion at Blakey Ridge for a spot of lunch or just a cheeky drink. By Hutton-le-Hole you might need to stretch your legs around the shops and if you forfeited lunch after your hearty Fairhaven breakfast, head to the Blacksmith's at Lastingham for an early dinner and then head towards Pickering for a straightforward drive back to Goathland, or towards Stape for a more adventurous route across the top of the moors!
What's happening now?
And what’s happening right now? Well, we’ve got guests enjoying dinner at the Wheatsheaf at Egton, the Mallyan Spout in the village, and fish and chips in Whitby. Some have yet to come in from their day-out, refusing to come indoors whilst ever the sun is shining! And having walked back from Levisham, we’re not surprised one couple headed straight for sustnenance. And those who did come back for a sit and freshen-up before dinner, tucked into scones and a banana and walnut loaf. All homemade of course!
Tempted to join us? I hope so. We’d love to hear from you once you’ve got some dates in mind… sit, walk, snooze, explore, cycle, climb, catch a train, hop on the Coastliner, catch up with that book you’ve been meaning to read since you unwrapped it at Christmas, eat, drink and be merry… Well, I can think of worse ways to spend a few days! And few places better than here to spend them…