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.
Crikey, October has arrived already! I must play catch-up… At least we have reasons for the time flying – we’ve been busy! Weddings, galas, groups of walkers doing the Coast-to-Coast… September was a blur. The Autumn Steam Gala kept us busy during the last weekend of September, with a full house and dinner for a party of 9 on the Sunday night. The menu looked tempting originally, but with the arrival of some freshly picked gooseberries accompanying two of our regular guests, the last minute addition of a gooseberry bakewell tart kept everyone coming back for seconds! And we have a busy house this weekend and then next weekend is the Railway in Wartime Weekend, and then… I can’t even begin to contemplate it. We have a list of outdoor jobs to get done before the winter weather – railings to sand and paint, a new pedestrian gate to match the timber driveway gate to fit and flower tubs to ready for winter planting.
We’re still holding onto some good weather, too. With the exception of a couple of damp days, we’re seeing plenty of sunshine and it’s unseasonable warm to boot… 13 degrees OVERNIGHT last night! Which means that the sweet peas keep coming and the begonias keep blooming. It was our local Harvest Festival at St Mary’s last night, which was attended by 10 of our guests late night.
October seems set to be as busy as the last few… there’s lots happening in the area, with the Railway in War time on the NYMR next weekend, Whitby Blues Festival, the UK Pro Surf Competition in Scarborough, East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club are displaying their vehicles at Goathland Station and Scampston’s Autumn Plant Fair, all to come! And as the month goes on, there are two new exhibitions at the Inspired By… Gallery at Danby, produce fairs at Castle Howard, the War Weekend, Ryedale Book Festival, the Bram Stoker International Film Festival, loads of Halloween-themed events on the local railways and country houses and the Whitby Goth Weekend to top it off!
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 pope 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 Mallyan Spout, some warming their toes in front of the fire with a large glass of white wine (and Horlicks!) and some who are too full of The Forge at Aislaby’s Lime & Ginger cheesecake to do anything but sleep.
Today’s guests enjoyed some new recipes on arrival – my current favourite is an orange and coconut loaf – plus a twist on the banana and walnut cake. After a walk to Grosmont and back/an exploration of the moors with a visit to Hutton-le-Hole/a bracing walk on the Cleveland Way/climbing the hills at Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay, everyone was ready for a sweet treat and cuppa at the end of their outings!
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…