Friday, 28 December 2012

Cobwebs blown away at Spurn Point

Looking south to Spurn Point on the estuaryside
We had a post Christmas walk to blow the cobwebs away at Spurn. This example of a "Spit" is a wild and desolate place in stormy weather as it was when we visited. Abandoned Military and beach management structures make for interesting viewing after they've been battered by the sea for decades. Spurn is owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is a National Nature Reserve - http://www.ywt.org.uk/reserves/spurn-national-nature-reserve.





Debris from abandoned coastal defences
The end of the spit known as Spurn Point is home to a lifeboat station, the operating base for the Humber Pilots and to Vessel Traffic Services who manage shipping in the Humber Estuary and it's approaches. This collection of essential services mean that a route is kept open to the point despite the best endeavours of the sea to breach the Spit. At it's narrowest the spit is not much more than 10 metres wide. This 8 mile walk certainly blew the cobwebs away and helped walk off some the Christmas excess.

Choppy Seas

Beach Debris

Groynes on Parade

Weathered by time and tide

All lined up

Through the keyhole 

Blowing sand

Washed up tyre


Washed up crab pot

Spurn Lighthouse


Open sandy beaches

Pilots heading home

Blowing sand

Always ready


Monday, 24 December 2012

Sunday, 23 December 2012

A new year's resolution and 2012 photo's

It's been a busy year with plenty to do and my blog has been neglected but I'm going to be back blogging more regularly in the new year. 

In the meantime, here's a selection of some of the photographs I've taken this year.


Burnby Hall Gardens at Pocklington

Yorkshire Wolds' Sunset

West Beck at Wansford

Yorkshire Wolds' Sunset

Bridlington South Bay

Stump painted by Hockney and labelled "Totem" - now destroyed by vandals 

Sunset near Kilham


My favourite tree near Bracken

A skein of Geese

Yorkshire Wolds' Sunset

Fungus

Late evening at Hornsea

Woodland scene

Stump

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Yorkshire Wolds Bluebells


On Sunday 8 April 2012 we came across this wood with Bluebells whilst out walking the dogs. At this time of the year many woods across the Yorkshire Wolds are carpeted in blue. It's a sight I cherish every year as a real sign that spring is well and truly underway. Why not visit the Wolds and see if you can find some.




Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Pocklington Weekend of Walks 20 - 22 April 2012

Pocklington & Wolds Gateway Partnership are hosting their second Weekend of Walks on 20 - 22 April 2012. 


Details of the event and walks can be found here - http://www.pocklingtongateway.org.uk/walkers-are-welcome.htm

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Bike Trip to the Gait Inn, Millington

Gait Inn, Millington
 A day off in a very sunny March gave me the opportunity to visit Millington by bike for lunch at the Gait Inn. My route took me through my favourite part of the Yorkshire Wolds - Millington Pastures. Racing through the pasture in the bright sunshine was exhilarating.



The whitewashed Gait inn looked great in the sunshine when I arrived and was welcoming stopping off point for some refreshments. Sitting outside on this sunny day was very pleasant as a stream of walkers and cyclists passed by. I had a pint of Leeds Brewery Bitter that was light and refreshing. I used it to wash down a decent burger and chips. Refreshments had it was bike on the bike to head off home. A few hills still had to be climbed but my Burger and Pint didn't weigh to heavy on my stomach. 


I'd done 26 miles by the time I'd got home and with the pleasant stop it's certainly be a ride I'll be repeating.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Sunny Spring Day at RSPB Bempton

Visitor Centre
With a midweek day off we made the most of it and the mini-heatwave by visiting the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Reserve at Bempton. It is famed for having the only on-shore breeding colony of Gannets in England.




Gannet at Bempton Cliffs



The reserve has a pay and display car park costing £5 for non-RSPB members (free if you are). In my view a small price for a great place to visit. A small shop cum visitor centre sits at the entrance to the reserve where helpful staff are on-hand to hand out maps and provide information. Teas and Coffees are served here as well.


Gannets at Bempton Cliffs
A path runs down from the buildings to and then along cliff top where a number of small viewing platforms have been constructed. RSPB volunteers are on hand to give advice, help with identification and information on recent sightings. 


With the sun shining and blue sky already making for a great day the birds didn't disappoint with thousands perching on the chalk cliffs and wheeling through the sky. The views of Filey and Flamborough Head didn't disappoint as well.







View to Flamborough Head
I've been to RSPB Bempton before and definitely will visit again. The drive up to it also gave a chance to visit some of the Northern Wolds villages such as Boynton, Grindale, Buckton and, of course, Bempton.









Sunday, 19 February 2012

Thixendale

We walked through Thixendale today and I took these photo's as we went. It's a popular village for starting walks. One well trod walk is from the village to the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy - http://www.visitingtheyorkshirewolds.com/2011/01/1st-of-2011-thixendale-to-wharram-percy.html although you can strike out in all directions.

Refreshments can be had at the pub - http://www.thixendale.org.uk/info/Cross%20Keys/ - or teas are served in the Village Hall on a Sunday. 

Close by is the recently installed turf art installation featured on Countryfile. It sits at the junction of Bradeham, Worm and Thixen Dale about a mile south of the village. 


Thixendale

Thixendale

Cross Keys, Thixendale

Thixendale

Thatched Cottage, Thixendale
Thixendale

St Mary's Church, Thixendale
Turf Art at junction of Bradeham, Worm and Thixen Dales

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Snow and Ice on the Yorkshire Wolds

It was a very cold February morning when I took these photographs. We have a Met office recording station nearby and that was recording -11.8C. Standing snow had been frozen hard overnight making ice crystals sparkle in the light of the rising sun. Beautiful.