With the easing of the Covid restrictions and with no inclination or intentions of wanting to go abroad this year (2021) we decided to take a short break and visit a part of North Yorkshire that neither of us knew all that well and somewhere not too far from home, (no more than a 2-hour drive) the other proviso was that wherever we stayed it must be dog friendly.

After browsing one or two journals we came across Gisborough Hall Hotel, situated on the outskirts of Guisborough, it looked an extremely nice hotel, so after a quick phone call we booked a three-night stay with Meg & Gracie for the beginning of July. As it turned out the hotel suited us down to the ground. We had a lovely ground floor room, which is always handy when you have two dogs, the staff were extremely polite, obliging, and helpful, and the food was first class. The other thing that is important for me, especially when I have the dogs stopping with me, is having somewhere to walk the dogs close by and in relative safety, as it was, the hotel was set in its own private grounds and there were plenty of areas within the hotel grounds to exercise the dogs, though I did keep them off the front lawn tennis and croquet court!

The hotel was an ideal base for us to explore the surrounding area, we were just a 10-minute drive to the coast.

Before we left for our mini holidsy, I drafted out a list of places to visit during our short stay including visits to Saltburn, Staithes and Sandsend as well as a visit to Guisborough Forest walkway.

After arriving at the hotel early afternoon, we enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon tea sat in the sunshine on the sun terrace, admiring the views on the North Yorkshire moors ahead of us. After a hearty meal and to work up an appetite for our evening meal I took the dogs for a good walk exploring the grounds around the hotel. I don’t know what Meg & Gracie thought of the Llamas that were in the field adjacent to the hotel.

After breakfast the following morning, we had a short drive to the coast and stopped at the lovely village of Sandsend for a coffee, after which we had a good walk on the beach with Meg and Gracie enjoying a good paddle in the water. After a spot of brunch, we headed off to the Guisborough Forest visitors centre where we followed a waymarked 2 mile walk through the woods of Guisborough. I was quite surprised how busy and popular the place was with other like-minded people. After our walk we headed back to the hotel for our evening meal.

The following day we drove over to Saltburn, mainly for me to photo the water powered tram way which takes visitors from the cliff top down to the seashore some 100ft plus below, unfortunately due to the Covid regulations the lift was closed. We had a very pleasant walk along the sea front watching the paddle boarders hone their skills under tuition from the nearby paddle board school. After a coffee we had a walk along the pier before returning to the car. It is a short drive down the coast road to the small fishing village of Stathes. It is a steady steep walk down hill to the sea front. We walked through the narrow alleyways till we reached the ‘Cod and Lobster’ perched on the side of the harbour wall. We enjoyed a very pleasant coffee sat on the sea front admiring the view before the walk back up the steep hill to the car.

The following morning after we booked out of the hotel, I was planning on visiting the ruins of Guisborough  Priory which was just round the corner from the hotel, unfortunately it was absolutely pelting down with rain, so instead of walking I drove round, the intention being to park up close by, take some photographs, return to the car and head for home. Parking places were extremely limited close to the Priory this particular morning and as there was no let up with the rain, I decided to give it a miss and head for home. Hopefully it won’t be too long before another visit.

Gisborough Hall Hotel - The Grounds
Gisborough Hall Hotel
Saltburn by the sea