robin hoods bay
It was time for another camp out and I decided to take Jess to Yorkshire! The youngest froth member Penny was keen and so were her lovely lovely parents Joe and Gemma.
The VW T5 and the defender were packed up and the convoy was ready for the drive! The first spot on the way to our camp location was a waterfall at Hayburn Wyke. A spot where Joe and Gemma had been before, we let them lead the way.
If you would like to visit this waterfall - the directions online aren't too easy to figure out so hwre's my attempt at simplifying them...
Park at the Hayburn Wyke pub and start to walk out of the rear of the pub. It will feel like you're heading nowhere. Then once you get through the small field there's a gate on your right, stay on that track and you'll be there in 5-10 minutes!
We got back on the road and headed towards Robin Hoods Bay. We knew of a 'free' camping spot at the very top of the hill.
Here's how you find that spot if you fancy a campout yourself. If you are coming from Scarborough way take the first right into Robin Hoods Bay (first sign as there are two roads into the bay) and just as you come to the top of the hill and start to descend it's tucked away on your right, can't miss it.
Driving past the spot we drove down into the town to grab a nice cold beer at the pub.
One of the tyres had been going down slowly but we couldn't see anything in it which was pretty annoying. On the trip we decided to change for the spare but there was a slight problem, James had bled the clutch and used the pressure in the spare tyre to bleed it and forgotten to pump it back up. SO annoyingly we had to change a flat for a better flat and find the closest petrol station in the morning.
With that little dilemma sorted it was back to the norm with beer drinking and food on the go. You're not close to much at this spot so make sure you bring everything with you!
After a pretty cold night we woke to a misty morning. Joe had cooked up a chilli for us in the night and it was our turn for breakfast. Breaky burritos were on the menu and we got set up with all the clothing we had on our bodies, it was a fresh one!
With a strict timeline on getting home for Penny's swimming lesson there was no time wasted chasing a couple more water falls!
The next stop was Thomason Foss waterfall. An app called Wild Swimming shows you all the places you can take a dip in the U.K. They also do books for Europe as well so they're definitely worth packing in the rig! The walk to this waterfall is worth having some decent shoes on, the rain can bog the track pretty easily as Jess and I found out, vans classics aren't the best suited for a bit of off-roading.
This walk slowly turned into a photo shoot for Penny as she is simply too much, once we all put our cameras away it was time for Joe and Gemma to pack up and get back on the road, we found out later on that they were late for swimming lessons so left early for no reason!
Jess and I decided to go grab some chips as we were so close to Whitby and still had a bit of day light left to play with. If you find yourself in the North York Moors, Whitby is a beautiful seaside town worth going to.
The weather that day was crisp but sunny and I think that brought out all the bikers for a Sunday ride. We sat there with our chips and peas until most of the bikers had left, as the sun was starting to set we took the stroll up to the board walk to get a good view of Whitby then it was our turn to head home, another perfect weekend away in the defender!