Monday, 16 December 2019

York & Hull Weekend

Just one day holiday left to use up before the end of the year so we decided to have a long weekend over in York and Hull to do the lab caches. Originally we'd planned a walk in the Lakes but the weather was looking to be very wet and cold all weekend and the forecast in the North East was for cold but sunny.
Friday afternoon we headed towards York stopping off in Skipton to do the new lab caches there.

It rained heavily all evening but the lab caches took us an enjoyable walk along up and down high street and it all looked very festive.

Apparently Skipton is on the list of 'Happiest Places to Live in the UK'.

The following morning we stopped off at the 'Finest View in England'.  Author and vet James Herriot gave the view from Sutton Bank the title of 'England's finest'.

It certainly was an impressive view.  It was really windy though so we walked for about a mile then returned to the van as it started to snow.

Don't get too close to the edge!  So windy!
It was just a short flurry of snow and thankfully didn't settle.

White Horse of Kilburn
Next stop was at the White Horse of Kilburn to find a cache from February 2002.  It's a bit hard to make out the shape of the horse from close up but the figure is 318 feet long by 220 ft high and covers about 1.6 acres and said to be the largest and most northerly hill figure in England.

There was quite a few steps to climb to reach the top which certainly warmed us up.

On the way to York we stopped off at another couple of old caches.

We'd decided it would be best to arrive in York late afternoon, thinking that we'd miss the worst of the Christmas shopping crowds - wrongo!  It was chaos.  We attempted a couple of the lab caches and the virtual before deciding to call it off and return early the following morning.

This was a much better idea, it was really quiet on Sunday morning and a lot more relaxed wondering around the streets of York.

We've visited York a few times since we moved to the North West 3½ years ago but we haven't walked around the city walls since 2011 - we were on a family holiday on our way to Scotland.

Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is the shortest street in York.  It was first recorded in 1505 as Whitnourwhatnourgate which according to the sign next to it means 'What a street'.

After spending a long day in York we headed towards Hull ready for an early start doing the lab caches before heading home.

Unusual 'submarine' style canal boat spotted in Beverley.

First stop: Bankside Gallery.

In 2018 a Banksy mural appeared on the old Scott Street Bridge in Hull, it would have been really great to see it but sadly it was removed a couple of months ago ahead of planned demolition of the bridge.  You can the mural see it here

I'm not 100% sure but I think the mural is set to return at some point in the future and it has simply been put into secure storage for now.

This is the bridge without the artwork.

After the popularity of the Banksy mural, Hull City Council met with street artists and spoke with local businesses to see if they were prepared to contribute space to a new 'urban gallery' in the area.  Bankside Gallery is now an area of 'permission walls'.

We were last at Hull marina in December 2013 to do the virtual there so it was nice to come back to explore the area a bit more.  The lab caches were a great way to see more of the area.

Spurn Lightship

The Spurn Lightship was built in 1927 and served for 48 years as a navigation aid in the approaches of the Humber Estuary, where it was stationed 4 1⁄2 miles east of Spurn Point.

Cream Telephone Boxes

Since 2007 Hull is the only city in the UK to have kept an independent municipal telephone network provider which will explain why it has distinctive cream phone boxes and the residents also received the White Pages telephone directory as opposed to the Yellow Pages.

The Land of Green Ginger is a narrow street in the old town area of Kingston upon Hull. The Land of Green Ginger contains what may be the world's smallest window, being a slit which was used by the gatekeeper of the George Hotel to look out for stagecoaches and customers.

World's Smallest Window

Hull Tidal Barrier
 Since 1980, the mouth of the river has been protected by a tidal barrier at the estuary, which can be closed to prevent tidal surges entering the river system and causing flooding upriver.

Scale Lane Swing Bridge

This innovative swing bridge over the River Hull is believed to be the first bridge in the world that allows pedestrians the unique experience of riding on it while it opens.  The structure can carry up to 1,000 people while opening and up to 4,000 people when closed.

Well that's all we had time for before heading home.

Hope you've enjoyed reading.

Saturday, 30 November 2019


We headed over to Whitehaven on Friday afternoon ready to spend the day there on Saturday.

Whitehaven is a town and port on the west coast of Cumbria near the Lake District National Park.  We'd never visited before and noticed there were a few long multis there that would hopefully take us around the town and keep us busy for the day.

We stopped off in Broughton in Furness on the way to Whitehaven to walk Charlie and find a few caches.

Beautiful sunrise

It was a freezing cold start to the day but a beautiful sunrise.  We were really glad of the night heater last night.

Nethertown Station
On our way into Whitehaven we detoured to Nethertown Station, a request stop on the Cumbrian coast line and as luck would have it a train rolled into the station just as I was about to take this photo.

Whitehaven harbour

The Candlestick
We did all the multis around harbour which took most of the day.  It was a lot of fun and they were all worthy of favourite points as they highlighted things we wouldn't have noticed otherwise.  The first one took us to The Candlestick. The Candlestick is the colloquial name for the disused ventilation chimney of Wellington Pit. On the 11 May 1910, 136 men and boys died following an explosion and fire at the Wellington Pit.  You can read a more in-depth article on the Wellington Pit disaster here.

The next multi took us round lots of Whale tail benches, we thought this might be a problem but as it was so cold we only encountered one occupied bench.

We really enjoyed our day in Whitehaven and will definitely be back to area to hopefully do some of the nearby walks.

A very frosty start to the day and a beautiful sunrise.
The plan for today was to do a walk from Moor Row along a section of cycle path.  Last night we'd spotted a new unfound cache right at the beginning of where we'd planned to start our walk.  We'd expected it to have been found by now but we were surprised to find a blank log sheet.  I can't remember the last FTF we had but it must be a couple of years or so.

Public art in Moor Row
The residents of Moor Row funded the fabulous Armistice centenary mural on the gable end of the Emmanuel church.  The names of all the residents who fought in the great war are listed there too.

Next stop was Seascale for a walk on the beach with Charlie.  Seascale is a very small seaside resort.  Seascale became a popular holiday destination for Victorian holidaymakers in the North of England thanks to the Furness Railway being introduced in the 1850s.

You can just make out Sellafield nuclear site further along the beach which is about a mile north of the town on the photo above.  This is the site of the world's first commercial nuclear power station.

Water Tower
The water tower was used before Sealscale was connected to a proper water supply.

On our way home we stopped off in Winderemere for a walk up Brant Fell.  Brant Fell is one of Alfred Wainwright's Outlying Fells.

All in all a great weekend but it has to be said we are really looking forward to more daylight hours again, it's hard fitting things in when the days are so short.

Thanks for reading.