“Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls”
Welcome to day three of the road trip diaries! In this episode we will be leaving Hawes for a cheese extravaganza, on our way to the north Yorkshire seaside!
As you may remember from the last instalment, we fell asleep in the Moorcock Inn. Although the night’s sleep was comfortable, I was still getting bad vibes from the staff and so after a lovely, hot breakfast (veggie full English for me!), we got back on the road to the next destination.
About 6 miles from the Moorcock Inn is the Wensleydale Creamery. The Wensleydale Creamery originally opened in 1897, but since then has gone through many trials and tribulations through economic depression and changing ownership. Today, the creamery has firmly established itself as the epicentre of the Yorkshire Wensleydale industry and thanks to famous patrons such as Wallace (from Wallace & Gromit) it is no longer in peril.
Wensleydale is a mild and crumbly cheese, made from cow’s milk. The cheese has been imitated over the years but thanks to its new PGI status, only real Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese will be able to bear this name.
A ticket (£2.50 for an adult) will buy you entry into the museum, the cheese making gallery and the cheese tasting. Here you can learn all about how the creamery makes its cheese, the history behind it and its saviour, Kit Calvert.
The tasting section allows you to sample lots of the different kinds of cheese made in the creamery; original Wensleydale, smoked, mixed flavours (with cranberry, ginger, mango and more), cheddar, sheep’s cheese and even spicy cheese! Once you have worked your way around this area and made yourself feel thoroughly sick, you can then buy whatever cheese you liked best!
Leaving Wensleydale, we started on our journey towards the east coast. The best thing about going on a road trip as an adult is that you can pull the car over whenever you see anything interesting! On the way to Whitby, we saw a sign for Aysgarth Falls and decided to take a little detour and see what was going on.
Aysgarth Falls is a National Trust site in the Yorkshire Dales, which is made up of three ‘flights’ – the upper, middle and lower falls. The Falls are said to have attracted a range of famous fans, including Wordsworth. Parts of the film ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ were also filmed here! Brontë and I spent some time walking through the wooded areas down to each part of the Falls, and once you get to the lowest level, you can climb down rocks and get close enough to hang over the edge of the raging rapids.
Back on the road again, we continued the two hour journey to Whitby arriving at our home for the night, The George Hotel.
We booked the George Hotel for around £50 for a night, and expected this to be one of the worst places we stayed in during the trip after the revelation that there would be a communal bathroom, rather than an en suite #firstworldproblems.I also had concerns that as it was adjoined to a pub, it could be a bit rowdy.
- Free wifi
- Breakfast included
- Good central location
- Shared bathroom could be a slight inconvenience
- Very hot and stuffy in the room
- You’re not allowed to eat in the rooms
The George Hotel was definitely not rowdy, and the communal bathroom was not a problem. There was a shower room, a toilet and then a separate room which contained everything. We were able to use this bathroom without the feeling that we would be interrupted; however this may be different if you happen to be staying on a very busy night, as it is shared between 4 bedrooms. All in all, we enjoyed our stay at the George Hotel and would definitely recommend it for a short stay in Whitby.
We first headed for some early dinner and decided to stop by Quayside, an award winning fish & chip restaurant. We ordered scampi and haddock, with sides of chips and mushy peas. The scampi was salty and crisp and there was no sign of soggy batter on the haddock. Very impressive!
The next item on the agenda was the Captain Cook boat excursion. This trip lasts for about half an hour, and takes you from the quay out into the sea and back again, while telling you all about Captain Cook’s adventures in 1768. The boat is a replica of the HMS Endeavour, built at 40% of the original size. This is a great way to experience the water, while learning about Whitby’s sailing history and listening to some sea shanties as you go. Tickets cost around £4.
Some of you might be wondering why we didn’t do what Whitby tourism seems to be really famous for, the Dracula Experience. We did consider it, but after an overwhelming majority of bad reviews on Tripadvisor we decided to pass, despite the cheap ticket price of £3!
We ended the evening by walking down the pier, eating ice creams and watching the sunset. A perfect day by the sea! 🙂 Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment, to find out all about Whitby Abbey.
Thanks for reading,