Opening the curtains this morning, we were greeted by a much better day; still overcast and windy but no rain. We decided to walk to Sandsend, as this had been recommended to us at the hotel as well as by some of our friends.
We set off along the clifftop and fortunately the strong wind was blowing in off the sea. After a bracing walk, the path led down to the beach and we walked the rest of the way along the sand.
Arriving at the small town we decided to have a drink in one of the small cafes overlooking the sea before exploring further. Here we came across a delightful little walkway in a small valley. The cottages on the way were my first opportunity of the day for a sketch.
Wandering on we came across a family being pursued by a large badling of ducks. Serves them right for teasing them by eating sandwiches in plain sight!
On our return, we decided to walk all the way back along the beach.
For anyone who reads my blogs, you may remember how we like to make small sculptures on beaches, as a reminder of our visit. This seems to be a new trend and a harmless way to use natural resources.
We were also impressed with the colours of the rocks and large boulders and discussed how these textures and colours could be used in paintings. In one small area we collected a full range of shapes and coloured stones.
A really enjoyable walk and on our way back the scenery was changing as the rough sea threw up a mist that affected the distant scenery. This was in contrast to the bright green rocks in front of us.
A few people braved the sea front but it was not a day for sunbathing.
A refreshing walk and another contrasting day in Whitby. However we still had time to walk into town.