Tuesday 16 October 2012

The Magpie CafeToday we drive a couple of miles north to Sandsend, and walk to Staithes via Runswick Bay. Although the morning starts quite brightly, with even a little sun, before midday the rain has set in. The wind blowing the rain from in front and to the left of us makes walking difficult, and we keep a good distance from the cliff edge on the coastal path. Despite the conditions, I can't help feeling how good it is to be out in the open, striding along, looking forward to getting home and warm later on. Like banging your head against a wall, it's lovely when it stops. "Fight the good fight, with all thy might..."

Both Runswick Bay and Staithes are picture postcard villages, with tiny streets and colourful houses tumbing down steep hills to the sea. I regret not taking my camera out of my bag, but don't want to risk ruining another one in the rain in the space of a few weeks.

From Staithes we get a bus back to the car, and in our cottage in Whitby get the heating on full blast and dry ourselves out.

In the evening, we dine at the famous Magpie Cafe. Famous for fish n chips, they have a large menu of seafood dishes and we opt for something which was not deep fried. The food and service is excellent, but we feel the pressure to turn over as many customers as possible.