Wednesday, 26 August 2015

While we were away...

After our long weekend on Fair Isle we headed sooth to visit friends and family.

It was hot! The first evening we took a trip down to Saltburn with my Mam and Robyn to 'take the airs' on the pier. Some how we managed to restrain ourselves from chips or ice-creams!


Robyn was desperate to show me her foal, Bailey...


He's a Welsh Section D colt and was palomino with his foaly coat, but the more it falls out the more grey he seems to be!


He wasn't very approachable, still wanting to just be with his Mum, but he's very cute.


And he should be home at Robyn's by the end of September.


Mum and foal...



We took our bikes sooth with us and I took a few chances to get out. Here I'm at Freebrough Hill, a local enigmatic hill I passed when out visiting friends and cake shops...


We also took a family ride along The Cinder track from Whitby...


And I was excited because you can now ride over the Whitby Viaduct...


In the past it was fenced off, but now you can cycle 22 miles from Whitby to Scarborough on the old railway line. Cool!


 Lunch stop on the coast...



We only went to Runswick Bay with Beren in tow, by the time we got back tot the start he'd done about 12 miles, not bad for a 7 year old.

Ravenscar in the distance...


Celebratory ice-creams!


Clare and Beren travelled south to Peterbrough and London for a few days to visit more family, but I'd decided travelling as far south as home was enough for me.

I met up for an evening on the Esk at Ruswarp with Robyn and Faith (my grand-daughter) and we enjoyed an amusing time rowing up and down the Esk. Some room for improvement from Robyn!



While I had some time to myself I went out mountain biking with my brother. A long and trying 66km ride over the moors with a well earned lunch stop at The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, a local landmark.

Looking across to High Cliff in Guisborough Woods which used to be all forestry...


And out onto Guisborough Moors towards Kildale...


Looking back towards Roseberry Topping from the moor top near Ingleby Incline...


And down into Westerdale...


After lunch at Blakey it was a great down hill run to Duck Bridge at Danby. Only spoilt by a bee getting in my helmet and stinging my head!


From there it was a steep couple of miles to say 'Hi' to Dad, or where his ashes were spread at Danby Beacon, before heading back home via a few moorland tracks.


Beren enjoyed playing on his bike on his own too at a new pump track I'd discovered at Skelton Green. He seemed to think he was riding like someone off the X-Games, but sadly no!


The reason for the timing of our trip sooth was my brother's 25th wedding anniversary on the last night we were there. During the daytime I managed a last ride out over the moors before the fun began. A fun 20 miles off road over the moors and woods.

The Quakers Causeway above Lockwood Beck...


In some un-felled forestry at the back of Guisborough Woods...


Looking out from the top of Highcliffe Nab where I used to rock climb. Again it was covered in forestry then...


A pitch section of the Cleveland Way from Highcliffe to Roseberry. I was involved in the project to lay this 20 years ago!


And Roseberry Topping herself in the mist...


We were off early the following morning on the long drive north to Aberdeen after enjoying our stay, but looking forward to getting back to our own beds in Shetland.

To finish here's a little time-lapse I made at Freebrough Hill late one evening. The midgies were deadly, but they've not made an appearance in the video!

Thanks for dropping by!

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