Bridlington holiday (part 1)


I went on holiday on my own to Bridlington, staying in a self-catering flat above a shop.

This is part 1 of 2.

First evening

I went for a quick walk and took pictures.

I'd wanted to see the sea, and I didn't have far to go.
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Slope up from harbour; nice lettering.
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South Beach promenade.
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Corner of alleyway near entrance to the flat.
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Flamborough Head

On Sunday I walked to the lighthouse at the end of Flamborough Head, about five miles away.

Bridlington street: hoarding in front of demolished building.
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Curly plant on cliff edge.
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Looking down at rocks.
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Dry outflow from stream/sewage works. (It didn't smell, though.)
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There's a pillbox on the way, defences against a German invasion. I found these all along the coast.

Looking back the way I'd come from inside the pillbox.
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South Sea (bay of Flamborough South Landing, where there's an inshore lifeboat station).
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Even your.
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Flamborough Head itself (a headland, obviously) is definitely worth a visit. The ground's pleasingly bumpy and as well as the lighthouse, there's tall radio masts at what the map labels a 'fog signal station'. Also, there's a café which sells ice creams.

Fog signal station, nicely painted.
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Full view of station.
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Lighthouse. Specifically, this is the new lighthouse. It's not really all that new...
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...but it's newer than this one, which is the type where they lit a bonfire on the roof.
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Flamborough village is about two miles away along a really boring road. It has a church dedicated to Saint Oswald, patron saint of fishermen.

Church corner.
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Steps in church.
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In the evening I went to see the 'old town' area.

Building near where I was staying.
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Bridlington Priory Church.
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No idea if this place really still sells typewriters.
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Indestructible socks.
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I got accosted by somebody who was standing outside a pub, while I took pictures of the socks. (I hate when people ask why I take pictures of weird things.) The shop didn't look very open, so I asked: he said it had closed five years ago. If that's true, the socks are doing pretty well.

After that I wandered into a residential area on my way back. It looked like a perfectly normal road: no burnt-out houses, no decaying household appliances lying around. But there was a CCTV camera on a giant pole set to cover the whole street; not a great sign. Even so, I managed to make it back to the main road without seeing any crimes in progress.

Dalton's cereal flakes.
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A vacant shop.
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%! (By the single-track railway line to Scarborough.)
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I walked out onto the harbour's north pier before heading back.

The moon and Flamborough Head lighthouse.
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Fishing boat setting off.
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Where the fishing boats hang out when they're not out fishing.
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From steps up to the flat where I was staying.
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On Monday I'd planned a circular walk from Driffield, a small town on the railway a little way inland, partly just because it had a canal and partly because I'd never been there and I liked the name. I keep imagining one of those old railway posters exhorting people to visit 'Delightful Driffield'.

Driffield was actually more delightful than I'd expected. The old part of town was quite pretty. Also, the high street had lots of shops including a Yorkshire Trading Company, where I was able to buy a sunhat (I'd planned for rain, which was in short supply, and had already got sunburnt the day before). The hat only cost a fiver so I presume they're 'trading' with Cambodian child-labour sweatshops.

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From the train I'd seen a disused factory so, after my shopping expedition, that was the first port of call before setting off on my planned route.

End wall.
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At side of yard.
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I did find a possible way in, but only by climbing a wall in broad daylight, and I'm far too wussy for that kind of thing anyway. So I moved on to the canal head. The canal's been restored a bit, but it's not navigable yet. A large wharfside mill had been converted into flats, but a couple of buildings were still in commercial use - although not, I suspect, as a warehouse for 'seeds and peas', which was painted on the wall.

One of those remaining buildings (and new-build across canal).
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I followed the public footpath by the canal to Whinhill Lock. The countryside around was flat and sometimes marshy (presumably on account of the nearby river). There were a few cattle grazing, but the main business of this area appears to be electricity distribution.

Seriously, there were pylons and cables all over everywhere.
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Whinhill Lock.
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As you can probably tell, the lock isn't actually working (although aside from the weeds, it doesn't look in bad nick). The upstream gates are closed and padlocked.

I walked along a B-road the rest of the way into Wansford, which is a tiny village. I detoured to see its church then walked back to the road on a footpath along Nafferton Beck, which was pleasant and ended in a converted water-mill with millpond.

Nicely painted church. (It was locked.)
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My route back was along country lanes through the village of Skerne, which wasn't very interesting. Nearing Driffield, I took the opportunity of a short footpath to briefly leave the road, passing through farmland.

A modern shed, apparently used for mistreating some kind of animals.
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The last highlight on my route was the Bell Mills site, which is a working mill - apparently we do still make flour in this country.

Corner of building. Whatever's inside appears to involve a lot of pipes.
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Another mill building, faded sign.
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That's all for this part!

Part 2

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