|Fraisthorpe Beach looking north to Bridlington|
We decided to take advantage of not being far from the coast wherever you are on the Yorkshire Wolds and take ourselves and the dogs to the beach. Our destination was Fraisthorpe Beach. Fraisthorpe is a hamlet just south of Bridlington now bypassed by the A165. If you turn off the main road, head through the small cluster of house and farms that is Fraisthorpe and then turn towards the sea after about a mile or so you reach Auburn Farm (I assume it's called after the beck that runs across the beach here not the hair colour). Here the farmer has turned his cliff edge land in to a rough car park which during winter months you pay a pound to park in through an honesty box system. In summer it's attended and parking will cost you the princely sum of £2. In return for your parking fee the farmer provides some toilet facillities. Quite a few cars were in the car park when we arrived whose occupants it appeared had had the same idea as us judging by the amount of dogs of all shapes and sizes on the beach.
|Coastal defence relics|
The beach here is dotted with large lumps of concrete that are the remnants of the defences placed on the cliff tops to thwart a German invasion. As this coastline is the fastest eroding in the UK the defences have long since dropped in to the sea and now provide somewhere for marine life to cling to and waves to crash against.
I'd come prepared for my walk to the beach and worn my "Muck Boots" - heavily insulated Wellies that meant I could wander through the surf chucking rocks in to the sea for the dogs to chase. They splashed in and out of the sea enjoying the chase seemingly oblivious to what I know is a cold October North Sea.
|Eroding cliffs at Fraisthorpe|
As we drove away I knew that we'll be back at Fraisthorpe before this winter is finished. A bracing walk by the sea is just what's needed to blow the cobwebs away!