Itineraries for Whitby or Rosedale Abbey

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Things to do in a two week break

Friday (start of 2nd week)

If you’ve been at Rosella Cottage or Spyglass 1708 for a whole week already, you’ll really be starting to get the chilled-out holiday vibe! So maybe today is just a good day to chill out and relax a little more? Take in a short walk or a little bicycle ride. But nothing too strenuous. Perhaps it’s time for lunch or dinner at one of our “locals” which you haven't visited yet?


How does a scenic drive along our magnificent coastline sound today? There’s loads of little seaside villages to visit and each is unique. We recommend that you start your seaside excursion at Saltburn-by-the-Sea and then drive Southward’s along the A174 coast road towards Whitby. An interesting place to visit on the coast is the Iron Mining Museum at Skinningrove. As you drive southwards, you’ll pass-by the pretty fishing villages of Staithes and Runswick Bay; before arriving into Sandsend. Next it’s Whitby and further on you’ll come to Robin Hoods Bay. All of these villages and towns are worth getting out of the car and exploring. The only problem will be finding enough time to see everything there is to see. 


Since it is Sunday, we’d suggest you pay a visit to one of our superb local Mediaeval Abbey’s, Priories or Minster’s.  Fountains Abbey near Harrogate; Rievaulx Abbey or Byland’s Abbey near Helmsley; or Mount Grace Priory near Osmotherley are all super quiet places for spiritual visits and quiet reflection.  We also love an recommend Whitby Abbey, Guisborough Priory and York Minster.


If you’ve got children or teenagers; maybe it’s their day to choose what to do!  Close by you’ll find the perennial favourites of Flamingo Land Park and Zoo, Eden Camp WW II museum, and the “Go-ape” centre in Dalby Forest.  All three of these attractions will appeal to kids.  For smaller infants and children, “Dizzy Rascals” offers an indoor play centre just down the road in Pickering.  We’d recommend the Fox and Hounds Inn in Ainthorpe for dinner and a very pleasant drive over the Moors in the evening to get there too.


Today might be an ideal day to have a scenic round-trip over the Moors to Egton Bridge; and then a drive or ride along the upper Esk Valley. This trip can be done by bicycle (if you’re fit enough), or by car or motorbike. You’ll be able to take in the beautiful Yorkshire villages of Egton Bridge, Glaisdale, Lealholm, Danby, and Castleton. Call in to the Moor’s Centre at Danby as you pass-by. We recommend the Downe Arms in Castleton for your evening meal before the drive home to Rosedale or Whitby.


It’s time for some more exercise; so how about a climb up North Yorkshire’s very own Mountain. Yes, we’re talking about Roseberry Topping over towards Guisborough, Great Ayton and Stokesley. The walk up Roseberry Topping is not too bad if you’re of average fitness, and the view from the top on a good day is worth the endurance. The smaller market towns in the area are also worth a visit as part of your day out.


How about a run in the car to the seaside resort towns of Scarborough, Filey or Bridlington? Each town has its own unique atmosphere and all are worth a visit if you’ve got the time during your two week stay in North Yorkshire. The bigger towns of Scarborough and Bridlington will often have theatre,, seasonal pantomime’s or other evening entertainments and live bands; so keep an eye out in the local press for what might be going on.


If it’s your last day of the holiday, we hope you’ve enjoyed your stay.  As you’ll have discovered for yourself, there is just so much to do in the area; so we hope you’ll come back soon.  Bon Voyage!

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