#7 – Do the Spice Rack: Robin Hood’s Bay Weekend with Spice Yorkshire

Spice Yorkshire are famed for their incredibly popular ‘bunk barn’ weekends – where they rent out a building with dormitories and enjoy a fun and relaxed weekend simply socialising together.  Joining one of these for my ‘Spice rack challenge’ seemed to be an excellent opportunity to explore a new part of the country and catch up with my Yorkshire friends at the same time.

So it was that I found myself heading off to The Old Schoolhouse at Robin Hood’s Bay.  The journey was less than pleasant but it was wonderful to be welcomed with smiling faces and big hugs when I did get there.  Robin Hood’s Bay is a charming little town.  Clinging to the cliffs, it’s full of tiny winding paths lined with houses.  Far more houses than you imagine should fit into the space!

Strange shaped houses, narrow streets

Strange shaped houses, narrow streets

Rooftops of Robin Hood's Bay (and a photobomb!)

Rooftops of Robin Hood’s Bay (and a photobomb!)

Our home for the weekend - The Old Schoolhouse

Our home for the weekend – The Old Schoolhouse

Friday evening was very relaxed.  We wandered into town and enjoyed a fish and chip supper before sampling a few beverages at one of the local hostelries, and then retiring back to the Schoolhouse for some drinks, gentle music and chatting.

Local Beers!

Local Beers!

Saturday saw us heading off to walk the seven miles along the cliff path to Whitby.  There were plenty of ‘undulations’ to keep us busy – supplies of Jelly Babies kept us going until we reached the ice cream shop!  It was a pleasant stroll and another good opportunity to chat to people and get to know them (or would have been, had I not lost my voice!).

On the cliff path walking out to Whitby with the bay behind

On the cliff path walking out to Whitby with the bay behind

A bit of a traffic jam at the style!

A bit of a traffic jam at the style!

Passing a lighthouse on the way to Whitby

Passing a lighthouse on the way to Whitby

After a brief stop in St Mary’s churchyard (featured in the novel Dracula), we headed into town to sample more of the local ales and grab some lunch before returning to Robin Hood’s Bay to enjoy drinks and the excellent and authentic parkin made by our lovely hostess.  (Yes, food and drink was a key feature of the weekend…).

Saturday evening began with a Ghost Walk.  Our slightly eccentric hostess took us around the byways and out towards the Bay as we learnt about shipwrecks and press gangs, lost loves and ghostly preachers.  We finished the night at a different local pub, for supper and some more ale.

Outside the mortuary!

Outside the mortuary!

The weekend was finished off nicely with a Sunday morning stroll on the beach and a pub lunch before starting the long trek home.

Sunday morning stroll on the beach

Sunday morning stroll on the beach

A lovely, very chilled way to spend a weekend catching up with old friends and making new ones as well as exploring a part of the country I hadn’t been to before.  And this is exactly what Spice is about.

Spice Rack Challenge Status Summary:

Spice West Midlands – Camping Afloat Weekend – DONE

Spice Scotland – Zombie Chase Glasgow – DONE

Spice East Midlands – Nottingham Treasure Hunt – DONE

Spice Bristol & Cardiff – Avon Gorge Abseil – DONE

Spice Yorkshire – Robin Hood’s Bay weekend – DONE

Spice Thames Valley (my home group),  a wide variety of events completed  – summary at the end of the year

Spice London – Ronnie’s Scott’s Christmas Cabaret – BOOKED

Spice Manchester – TBC(!)

National – event completed but blog post not yet written – you’ll have to wait and see what I did!

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