Scarborough. The last pictures.

The end of an era as we leave Scarborough for a good while. I’ve taken so many pictures of the place I decided that these last two, of the North Bay and of the castle, would be heavily artisticised (Google found 20 uses of this non-word!).

If you’ve never visited Scarborough, check it out. It has its beautiful bits and its ugly bits, and it’s also part of a stunning coastline as well as being a base-camp for the amazing Yorkshire Moors.
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Independent bookshop opens in Scarborough!

Scarborough already has a few places for book-browsing; a decent Waterstones for new books, and several second-hand bookshops.

The cramped Mrs Lofthouses Secondhand Book Emporium may make you sneeze, but is worth a visit for the huge number of books. Curiously there is only ever a gentleman there – Mr Lofthouse?

I prefer the small collection of second-hand books upstairs at Taylor’s Café & Books. It’s also a very nice café, particularly if there is space in the front area.

Scarborough really does need sprucing up and the arrival of an independent bookshop is encouraging and also a little surprising.  Wardle & Jones Books has only been open for a couple of weeks.
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It’s a very small (compact?) bookshop with small seating areas, inside and outside, for coffees and cakes. It’s very pleasant, the owner was charming, and I came away with a couple of novels (The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman).

[Looking at the front covers, one is ‘The International Bestseller’, the other ‘The Million-Copy Bestseller’. Oh dear, these would normally frighten me off. I hope the hype turns out to be justified].

Good luck to Wardle & Jones Books, of Scarborough.

Scarborough & Filey Brigg (again!)

It thought it would be a perfect day for taking pictures – sunny and cloudy, but I’m not too happy with the end result! I’m using the bog-standard lens that came with the camera. They’re not as sharp as I would like and I’m not too happy with the colours either. I don’t think I’m very good at processing raw image files. Hmm..
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Scarborough – the last pictures for a while

The last pictures from Scarborough for a while. An alternative image of the harbour, a sunset viewed from granny and grandpa’s flat, and a view of Castleton on the Yorkshire Moors on a very blustery day. Yet again I made the mistake of concentrating on the aperture and neglecting the shutter speed. A forty-fifth of a second is too slow when the wind is blowing a gale. Will I ever learn?
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Scarborough to Filey – a stunning 9 mile walk

Yesterday I walked this stunning walk along the cliff top of the Yorkshire coast. These are my pictures taken on a sunny and cloudy day.

My late father-in-law, Bill Bourne, loved walking and he did this same walk as part of a 14-day walk from Spurn Point to Redcar, some 130 miles or more.

He wrote about his walk and this is how he described his day on the Filey to Scarborough section, which he walked in the reverse direction to me.
xmas006x“I arrived at the start point on the cliff top above Filey Brigg in brilliant sunshine with a lovely blue sky. There was a keen north-west wind which meant I should be walking into a head wind today but I didn’t mind this because it was so clear. The first 3 miles are a gradual uphill all the way to Gristhorpe cliff and for most of that 3 miles there is a wonderful view up the coast to Scarborough’s south bay and castle and beyond to Ravenscar.
With the sun shining directly on to it, every detail could be picked out so clearly. There is also a fine view backwards over Filey Bay to Bempton cliffs and Flamborough Head but today, facing south, the sun was so dazzling. With the sun behind the headland everything was in shadow and the white cliffs appeared dark grey. You could see the skyline against the light blue sky but you could not tell where sea finished and cliffs started.
For the next 2 miles there are 3 or 4 huge caravan sites. Due to falls of cliff one section of the path on the way up to Lebberston cliff is dangerously close to the edge. The path now drops down to Cayton Bay, a popular place in summer, but quite deserted today, and then up through the woods and over Knipe Point. Two more miles brings us to the outskirts of Scarborough – another fine view of Scarborough’s south bay and castle from here.
We pass the site of the Holbeck Hall Hotel, a first class country house style hotel which was completely destroyed by a landslide when a large area of cliff slipped down into the sea in the middle of the night. I have it on very good authority from someone who was present at the time, that when the alarm was raised, one or two guests were not in their own bedrooms! Fortunately there was no loss of life, but everyone had to get out fast in their night attire.” [Bill Bourne]

The following images I took during my walk. Bill would have loved them and would have been able to immediately identify their location.
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Scarborough!

I don’t normally have my camera at the ready on a long-distance train, so I failed to capture an astonishing image of a brilliant yellow rapeseed field with a magnificent rainbow in the background. Shucks! The following will have to suffice.
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