North York Moors CAM
Monday 22nd May 2000
( fine - mainly sunny )
Runswick Bay . . .
. . . is a place
beloved of artists, perched on the rugged cliffs in the most
curious and higgledy-piggledy fashion
- the first thing that comes to mind is the village's resemblance to Robin Hood's Bay, some 10 miles or so to the south-east
In the above
photograph we see the massive boulders brought in to form a
seawall in order to protect the coastline
from the relentless bombardment of the crashing waves of the North Sea
Today the North Sea was as calm as a mill pond and you'd never believe its strength and ferocity in a storm
(Kettle Ness in far distance)
A Runswick Bay fisherman prepares his boat for another day's work
Someone's been down here earlier than me with their bucket and spade
From the beach we cannot help but have a wander amongst the charming cottages of the village . . .
. . . enjoying their lovely, little gardens, perfectly tended . . .
. . . and wondering what we might find round the next corner
The 'streets' are
mere paths leading from one house to another - you could imagine
walking out of your back door
and into your neighbour's front bedroom !
Believe me - I was
perfectly sober when I took this photograph
- the little wooden holiday chalet seems ready to fall over any minute
The inscription on the plaque next to this massive iron anchor reads:
'RECOVERED BY THE
RUNSWICK BAY RESCUE BOAT
IN MEMORY OF LIZ FORD-SMITH 1992'
( I don't yet know the story behind this statement )
From Runswick Bay
it is only a short journey of about a mile to one of our
favourite pub restaurants
at the Ellerby Hotel, where today we enjoyed a delicious bar meal
After our meal we drove 5 miles further on for more photographs of Whitby
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