Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Exploring the Yorkshire Coast

Last Friday, Kev and I sloshed our way over t'other side o' Pennines through torrential rain to eventually arrive at a very foggy campsite at Robin Hood's Bay. We were hoping to explore the area looking for something new and different in the way of coastal paddling.

The whole of the British east coast is exposed to, and remains at the mercy of the might of the North Sea.

Sea kayaking here can be surprisingly exposed to the elements as we discovered soon after leaving the bay en route to Whitby. Several days of easterly winds had left 3 metre swell breaking destructively upon the reefs, cliffs and boulder beaches.

There was nowhere to land between harbours and certainly no chance of getting a close look at the intriguing coastline.

We camped at Hook's House Farm campsite and found the owners welcoming, informative and even apologetic (for the poor weather!) There is an abundance of friendly hostelries, a fish and chip shop and a local store for supplies.
Robin Hood's Bay is a good base for several days exploring.

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