Saturday was our final full day in Yorkshire, and the first thing we did was head to the York Dungeons. I went to the London Dungeons when I was 13 and was absolutely terrified, so I’m not sure why I thought this was such a great idea! They didn’t allow flash photography so sadly there aren’t any photos of my terrified face, but I will tell you that it was really good fun and that you should go if you’re in the area! We walked out over the river and I took one last photo of the beautiful view.
I needed calming down after my scary morning so we headed to the little village of Helmsley, about an hour from the town centre, driving through the winding countryside.
This was on recommendation from my parents (when did that happen? I’m getting old) but I’m glad we took it.
We wanted to go for lunch and on the way I said to my boyfriend ‘I hope there’s a tea room.’ There were about ten! I was spoilt for choice, and it took ages to choose, looking through all the little windows and staring greedily at piles of cakes and sandwiches.
In the end, starving and cold, we picked a cute little place called the Creama Coffee House.
I had a tea and my boyfriend ordered this frankly epic hot chocolate.
I’m going to be honest…I drank quite a lot of it. It was heavenly!
We spent the rest of the afternoon happily wandering around the village. The shops were full of Christmas gifts and little souvenirs.
There was a little carnival in the centre playing happy music as the sunset.
The ruins of a 900 year old castle look down over the village. We walked up to the castle steps and looked up at it (although it was too late to visit it properly).
All the shops were quaint, independent places. We bought old fashioned sweets and Christmas decorations.
Even the walk back to the car was pretty!
Sunday was our last day and after an epic hotel breakfast, we decided to visit Whitby (which it turned out was going an hour in completely the wrong direction – but never mind).
The harbour is beautiful and we walked along the pier, stopping to look through the pretty shop windows or to play with cute dogs. You can walk up to the cliffs and see the abbey that inspired the book Dracula, but sadly we didn't have time, so we just looked up from below!
My boyfriend annoyed a sea gull, and terrified me, by climbing a giant gun…
We went along the coast, which is such a pretty, typically English seaside. There were even donkeys. Unfortunately they kept pooing all over the place, and the woman with them spent most of the time clearing up after them crossly - it wasn't picturesque, but it was pretty funny!
Ian then decided to scare me further by scrambling up the cliffs! I heard my mother's stern voice in my head and sensibly stayed on the ground.
The sun was low in the sky by the time I finally accepted my fate and reluctantly got back into the car to start the long, long journey home.
We just had time for one more stop off at the Hole of Horcum on the way. Legend has it that this valley was made by a giant who scooped up a large chunk of earth and threw it at his wife, creating the nearby hill. There's a boring real life explanation involving water or something but I think the legend version is much better!
Yorkshire is such a lovely place and anyone who lives there is very lucky – I’m hoping to return next year!