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After several scorching days the weather was bound to break, but the gardens did need the rain - pity it chose Thursday! With the threat of rain and possibly thunderstorms, I opted for a local walk with Suzie and Caroline - one we had all missed earlier the year from North Newbald via Houghton Woods and Sancton Wold. Alas the rhododendrons in the woods had all but finished, the horse-flies were biting, and mist turned to drizzle, then to heavy rain with thunder as we headed down the dale below Big Hill. Fortunately the good lady at Café 34 in Market Weighton didn't turn away we three soggy customers when called in for tea and scones later.
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2017-06-22 North Newbald
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Twelve of us gathered in the pretty village of Tealby on the Lincolnshire Wolds, on the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures of around 30C. Upon reaching our lunch stop at Stainton le Vale the sensible decision was reached to take a shorter option back to Tealby shortening the walk by about 2 miles by omitting Walesby. Back in Tealby most of us enjoyed drinks in the reopened Tealby 'Vintage Tearoom' - with its 1940s-50s theme. 
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2017-06-18 Tealby (Lincs)
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After checking the tide times we (Suzie, Caroline, and me) started todays Filey walk from Muston - this meant the tide was further out when we reached Filey, allowing us onto the beach and Filey Brigg. We actually reached the very end of the Brigg, something me and Suzie had never done! Back on the clifftop we headed north as far as Gristhorpe Cliff, then turned inland past caravan sites to Gristhorpe and back to Muston, completing about 9½ miles in total.
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2017-06-15 Filey
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An adventurous walk for twelve of us today from Sandsend, north of Whitby. Our route took us through Mulgrave Woods to the ruins of Mulgrave Castle. After fording a 'raging torrent' we continued across 'uncharted territory' to arrive at the clifftop. Here the main group headed towards Kettleness, whilst Caroline (still not wishing to walk more than about 8 miles) and me (having to get home for Emily's 4th birthday party) took a short-cut through Goldsborough. Once on the clifftop it was now just the 'simple matter' of following the Cleveland Way back to Sandsend - fine, apart from the near vertical descent by means of ladder-steps and uneven stone steps at Deepgrove Wyke!
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2017-06-11 Sandsend
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Susie was back with me today - the first time for about a month with her being in Madeira and then me in France. Our 9¼ mile walk from Wetwang on the rolling landscape on the edge of the Wolds was much better than expected. Our route took in the Tatton Sykes Monument, with extensive views to the south. Considering the cloudburst on the drive there, we escaped with just a light shower on the walk! Back in Leven, time for a drink in the New Inn before heading home.
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2017-06-09 Wetwang
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On the third and final day of our 'flying visit' Cath took us to the old town of Valbonne for its market, then to the historic hilltop village of Mougins and the nearby Notre-Dame de Vie, where Picasso spent his final years. Then back to Nice to pack our bags for the late-evening flight home.
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2017-06-02 Nice 3 - Valbonne & Mougins
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Nice day 2. After guidance from Cath we were left to ourselves to visit nearby Monaco. We took the No 100 bus from Nice which deposited us, eventually, near the Monte-Calo Casino. We then spent about 4 hours exploring the area around the harbour, with the milliionaires' yachts, then the old town, and Royal Palace before catching the train back from Monaco's underground SNCF station.
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2017-06-01 Nice 2 - Monaco
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A 'flying visit' to Nice, Cote d'Azur, France for Ann, Caitlen and me. Staying just three nights with our friends Cath and Nigel in their appartment overlooking Avenue de la Republique in the centre of Nice. On Wednesday, our first full day, Cath took us on a walkabout through the Old Town and up to Parc de la Colline du Chateau, 300ft above the town. In the evening we, including Cath's daughter Emily, returned to the old town for a restaurant meal.
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2017-05-31 Nice 1 - Old Town
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A lovely day for a walk on the Yorkshire Wolds. Our route comprised a 9 mile loop from Wayrham Picnic Site via Bradeham Dale, Brubber Dale and Thixendale
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2017-06-04 Wayrham Loop
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Very pleasant weather today - not too hot and a refreshing breeze - for our 10mile walk from Snainton. There were 15 of us today on a route that took us north to Cockmoor (with just a few nettles!) and along the edge of the forest overlooking Troutsdale. Then down into Middle Gill (a few more nettles) for a lunch stop and back past Sawdon Village Hall (ice-creams for some) and Wydale. Afterwards some of us called at the Wykeham Tea Room and very nice it was too.
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2017-05-28 Snainton
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