Goathland from the Tarn A Local Sunset Beck Hole Local Walks Local Walks

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. 

Where do the weeks and months go?! One minute we’re planning the menu for dinner at the Spring Bank weekend (a house party for 17 kept us busy!) and the next it’s June 2nd and I’m ‘out-of-date’!

We were so hopeful that Summer had arrived… mum had planted lettuces and cabbages, the lawn had been cut several times, we’d weeded and started some painting work outside… and then it became a little Autumnal! Hopefully a couple of damp and dreary days are going to make way for a return to good weather – it’s certainly been mild and bright the last couple of days. Fingers crossed for the weekend – mum and I are Bramham Horse Trials-bound on Saturday, leaving dad ‘in-charge’ and we’d like some dry and sunny weather for our annual escape!

I love the impact of sunshine… there are people on every bench, every spare blade of grass has a picnic rug on it, people are walking around at snail-pace, desperately trying to rescue an ice-cream that’s bowing to the pressure of 20+ degrees, children (and adults alike!) are paddling in the river at Darnholm for hours at a time, it’s still daylight at 10pm, we’re getting out in the garden and I have the grazes to prove it! It sounds ridiculous bearing in mind we own a guest house and that kind of implies a holiday spirit, but the sun and warmth give it doubly a holiday-like feel! Guests are enjoying their tea and cakes sat on the benches at the front of the house, the new lambs are finally out on The Common providing entertainment at breakfast and there are flowers and new shoots everywhere you look. 

 

Fairhaven

And with the Spring Bank Holiday complete, we’re rattling through into the full flow of events, shows and fairs which signal a hectic ‘What’s On’ Guide! Scarborough Open Air Theatre has a packed schedule, with Jessie J and McBusted to name a few. Dalby Forest plays host to Paul Weller and James Blunt.  The coming weekend is Whitby 60s Festival, the 14th weekend is the North York Moors Railway 60s Weekend, the 8th, the first County Show takes place at Northallerton on the 15th and the Armed Forces Day takes place in Scarborough and Whitby on 28th with a Red Arrows Display.  We still have a little availability for this year’s NYMR ‘Awesome 70s’ weekend on 28th and 29th, if you fancy a weekend of live music and nostalgia!

 

The North York Moors Railway Summer timetable is in full tilt and the Coastliner Summer timetable in place. So you really can forget about your car and enjoy some good old-fashioned modes of transport and stretch your walking legs in between.

Looking further ahead, July and August will see all the great shows – Egton, Danby, the Great Yorkshire, Ryedale, Thornton-le-Dale and so forth. And then there’s still Stokesley, Lealholm and Castleton to host theirs in September. There’ll be open air theatre productions at Castle Howard and Helmsley Castle; art exhibitions at the moors centre; Afternoon tea on the Steam Railway and Whitby Regatta. It never ceases to amaze me, how much there is to do throughout the year in the area. As though acres upon acres of moor land, miles of coastline, footpaths that criss-cross the area and link to the Lyke Wake and the Coast to Coast and views that can a take a day to of simply watching to fully appreciate, weren’t enough; there are farmers markets, agricultural shows, craft fairs, theatre productions, galas… In August for example, Glaisdale hosts a theatre production of brilliant quality, in a wonderfully quirky setting where you pick your own seat and leave your name on it, whilst you enjoy a pre-show glass of wine in the garden. Throughout the summer, you can catch a steam train on the Esk Valley line and enjoy great music and real ale whilst being whisked through stunning scenery. Or you can sit outdoors, enjoying a picnic, and watch open-air theatre in the middle of Helmsley Castle. Or enjoy one of the top-rated Jazz festivals in the country just down the road in Scarborough. And catch a steam train to Whitby and avoid all the hassle of parking in the town, arriving full of nostalgia for a bygone era and ready for fish and chips. I think I’ll spend the rest of the year pretending to be a guest! 

 

Local best-kept-secrets

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! 

 

Fairhaven

What's happening now?

And what’s happening right now? Well, our guests are split between walking (the Mallyan Spout looks pretty spectacular that the moment), sampling tea and cakes (both at The Old School Coffee Shop at Grosmont and in our lounge!), and playing on the trains. We took the dogs out for a swim in the Esk at Thackside and went to meet the new pigs at the Birch Hall Inn, and tonight will see our guests dining at the Mallyan, the Horseshoe at Levisham and Cosa Nostra in Whitby.

 

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…

 

Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 What else? Our hard work continues to pay dividends, as our efforts were, (somewhat wonderfully), recognised for the third year running with a ‘Traveller’s Choice’ Award from Trip Advisor for 2014. And in the words of Trip Advisor, “… Traveller’s Choice Award is the highest honour a hotel can receive from the Trip Advisor community. It’s based on the reviews and opinions of millions of travellers, and is awarded only to a very select and distinguished group of hotels.” So we’d like to say thank you very much to those who have stayed with us and then reviewed your stay on the site. Long may it continue! And just as soon as the lambs arrive and make Goathland complete again, I’ll be sure to pop some photographs on Facebook. 

 

 

 

Hopefully, that’s whet your appetite. If you’d like to see off the winter in style and need a quick reminder that spring is on its way, come and join us. There are wonderful views, glorious walks, empty beaches and miles of un-chartered heather moors right outside the front door and within a few miles in each direction. Inside, there are 15-tog quilts, an open fire, a well-stocked bar, a kettle that’s rarely off the boil and more books, films and cds than you could shake a stick at. I can think of few things better than a few days away doing nothing more taxing than planning the next walk, via which pub and tea room and working up a healthy appetite for dinner after a hearty breakfast. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

 

Kelly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What else? Our hard work continues to pay dividends, as our efforts were, (somewhat wonderfully), recognised for the third year running with a ‘Traveller’s Choice’ Award from Trip Advisor for 2014. And in the words of Trip Advisor, “… Traveller’s Choice Award is the highest honour a hotel can receive from the Trip Advisor community. It’s based on the reviews and opinions of millions of travellers, and is awarded only to a very select and distinguished group of hotels.” So we’d like to say thank you very much to those who have stayed with us and then reviewed your stay on the site. Long may it continue! And just as soon as the lambs arrive and make Goathland complete again, I’ll be sure to pop some photographs on Facebook. 

 

 

 

Hopefully, that’s whet your appetite. If you’d like to see off the winter in style and need a quick reminder that spring is on its way, come and join us. There are wonderful views, glorious walks, empty beaches and miles of un-chartered heather moors right outside the front door and within a few miles in each direction. Inside, there are 15-tog quilts, an open fire, a well-stocked bar, a kettle that’s rarely off the boil and more books, films and cds than you could shake a stick at. I can think of few things better than a few days away doing nothing more taxing than planning the next walk, via which pub and tea room and working up a healthy appetite for dinner after a hearty breakfast. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

Kelly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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