Staycation 2020 – Clifftop Walk to Port Mulgrave

The weather continued to improve.  Not enough to go to the beach which disappointed the children but enough to go for a walk which disappointed them even more.  I don’t know why I should be surprised by that, sixty years or so ago I expect I was just as reluctant to walk when on holiday with my parents.

From the cottage we walked down into the picturesque fishing village with its sash-windowed stone cottages with hanging gates and quirky names some bright with buoys and boat-shaped planters, seagulls squawking an unruly chorus on the rain shiny bird stained tiled roofs.

Staithes owes its existence to the fishing industry which, in its heyday, employed three hundred men and supported over one hundred boats. The whole village played an active part in the work, helping with repairing nets, baiting hooks and launching boats. When the railway opened in 1885, three trains per week transported Staithes fish to British cities. At the turn of the twentieth century steam trawlers from larger ports killed the locals’ livelihood, until only one full-time fisherman remained in the village.

At the Cod & Lobster pub, we turned on to Church Street and walked the steep uphill climb to join the Cleveland Way. I closed my ears to the complaints and offered the bribe of an ice cream upon our return.  Our legwork was amply rewarded at the top by breath-taking views of the coast and countryside and a spectacular view of the village and the harbour.

From there we continued along to Port Mulgrave, the path drifting dramatically close to the edge of the cliff top revealing continuous evidence of coastal erosion.  The problem is that this coastline really shouldn’t be here at all because it is made up of unconsolidated soft clay and small stones called glacial till that were scooped up from the sea bed by a glacier during the last ice age and dumped here as the ice eventually melted and receded north about ten thousand years ago.  It is just soft clay with the consistency and the look of a crumbly Christmas cake that simply cannot resist the power of the waves.

At Port Mulgrave the cliffs have been scraped away not by erosion but by industrial processes.  There’s a different reason for the existence of Port Mulgrave – ironstone mining, which transformed this part of the coast in the mid-nineteenth century. There were ironstone seams in the coastal rocks laid down between 206 and 150 Million Years ago and the sheltered bay made a good harbour for boats coming to ship the ironstone out to Jarrow. The industry is long gone and little remains of the harbour, but the shoreline at Port Mulgrave stands as a reminder of the industry that once characterised this coast, one hundred years ago there were almost one hundred mines in North Yorkshire.

Rows of domestic properties and individual houses exist on the top of the cliff but Port Mulgrave is now derelict and the port itself is completely gone, destroyed by Royal Engineers during the Second World War to prevent it being used as a landing base for an invading army.

We had walked for just over two miles and I was happy to carry on but the constant complaining was beginning to wear me down so eventually I gave in and we returned by a shorter alternative route back to Staithes where the children remembered my promise of an ice cream.

Later on it started to rain again so we were confined once more to the cottage.  During the night the rain continued and became heavier so I wasn’t too disappointed when morning came, we could pack the suitcases and begin the long drive home.

As you can see,, I have perfected the art of standing on higher ground than my granddaughter…

 

57 responses to “Staycation 2020 – Clifftop Walk to Port Mulgrave

  1. Bravo! You survived

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  2. I love that walk. And one thing you could do to prolong the walk is catch the bus back. I seem to remember it’s pretty frequent and hugs the coast. Oh dear, rain again. British seaside holidays eh?

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  3. The problem with catching the interest of children is that you are competing with billion dollar computer games and all you have to offer is boring old reality. Adults usually have the maturity to appreciate what is going on, but children are just sucked in because they are attracted to instant thrills.

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  4. So what was all that grumbling about new editor, or is this old style? Irrespective of that you’re a cracking writer and probably a lovely grandad too, and I love that coast. 🙂 🙂

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    • These were posts that I had finished and saved before the dreadful new editor arrived.
      I have tried to write a post using what they call the old classic but it is very difficult and the classic is in fact a block. It was easy to write the post but editing is frustrating. The post will come up in a few days and you will see how untidy it is, it took me three days to get the layout as I want it so I won’t be trying again.

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      • As you said to Jude, you need a new direction/project. Anything in mind? 🙂

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      • Have you had a chat with wordpress on how to get back to the classic editor? I did and now it works ok again. Cheers

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      • I can see how to compose a post in classic but not to satisfactorily edit.

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      • you go into the post, change it and then hit save post, preview if ok and then post it!

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      • I find editing with both the default blocks and the Classic block frustrating too; slow and clumsy and so often unresponsive, especially with images, whereas the Old Classic accessed via our WP Admin dashboard is an absolute dream to use, well, it is now that I know where everything is. Give it a good chance, it’s a smooth editor.

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      • I cannot find the classic picture gallery options. It always seems to revert to blocks.

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      • I’ve sent you an e-mail just now. I’m glad you mentioned the gallery because it prompted me to edit the How To instruction on accessing the gallery using WP Admin Clasdic editor.
        I’m assuming you meant the Admin Classic and not the Classic Block.

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      • Just noticed my typo on the word Classic, I had to laugh as it’s a perfect description of whoever came up with the idea of making Blocks our default! 😂

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      • Interesting but at steps 3 & 4 I don’t get the option to use Classic.

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      • Is this the Admin Classic?

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      • I think I know what you mean.
        Page 1. Step 3. Do Not click the words Add New, instead click the tiny blue arrow that my red arrow is pointing at.
        Then click Classic Editor as shown in step 4.
        I’m glad you said, I will now alter that page to make it more clear.

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      • I haven’t got the tiny blue arrow!

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      • Okay. Are you on the black dashboard that is accessed by clicking WP Admin? Then Click All Posts – and then look again at step 3 and you should see the blue arrow next to the words Add New, click the arrow and then click classic editor.

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      • WP Admin, black menu, All Posts, no tiny blue arrow. Frustrating. I have to be doing something wrong!

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      • After clicking All posts it brings up the list of all the posts you have, drafts and published etc. Above the words Hello World you should see Add New and next to that is the tiny blue arrow.

        (Below Hello World is a red arrow but that’s a WordPress arrow so ignore it)

        Can you send me a screen shot of your page. I now I will send you a screen shot of my page that I’m looking at now to see if we differ.

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      • I am beginning to suspect that it is because I am on wordpress.com and I too much of a skinflint to pay for an upgrade.

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      • I’ve also got a free site that I hardly use I will go and have a look at that. Are you using your old computer or the granddaughter’s laptop

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      • You are Correct! The arrow is not there on the free site!
        I will have a play around and hopefully find a better option – We will Not let the buggers get us down!

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      • On my free site, Iwent to All Posts, Posts but instead of clicking the none existent blue arrow I clicked Add New and it opened straight away in the old Admin Classic. What happens when you click it?

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      • Exactly that now. I think it has been changed very recently, a few days ago that went to Block.

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      • Just checked on Nans Farm. and Clicking Add New still goes straight to Blocks. So I need to use the arrow. Looks like I need an extra few lines on my instruction page for the free sites.
        I’ll do that now. Sorry about all that. I’m assuming all the other instructions will still work.
        I’m at home all afternoon so I can help if anything else goes pear-shaped! 🙂

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      • I updated those instructions. The previous link will not work now so I sent you an email with an attachment. If you can be bothered after all that!

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      • Thanks Sue. It is all rather odd. Something has changed and now there is a satisfactory classic editor in the free product. It wasn’t there a few days ago.

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      • My desktop App won’t open in anything but blocks and it no longer gives me the option of changing sites, just stuck on Nan’s farm!
        However, I can access the WP Admin Classic from all three sites, and I agree with you the Admin Classic opens much simpler on my free site, it goes straight to it, whereas I still need to click the arrow to avoid Blocks on Nans Farm and Weekly Prompts. Thankfully, once a post page is open the instructions are the same, including the gallery that I added today.

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      • OK, I read all this again, and the instructions I posted were all taken from a free .COM blog.

        Creating a gallery goes like this. Put the cursor where you want the gallery, click Add Media, on the left upper side-bar of the window that opens there’s the option to create Gallery, click and choose photos, click bottom right “create gallery”, then click the same location when it changes to “insert Gallery”.

        I’ll see if I have the time to add instruction pictures for creating the gallery.

        BUT, if you’re not getting the same menus I do, then it obviously won’t work the same way. That said, everything I read says that the options are there and people are using them (on the free sites).

        Perhaps, in a few weeks, I will have the time to do a more comprehensive and detailed process instructions post.

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      • Thanks Emilio.
        Oddly, there have been recent changes and now a very satisfactory classic editor works on the free site where previously it didn’t. Typical WP, wait for a chorus of complaints and then make appropriate changes when users have identified the problems. I should have remembered that.
        If I wasn’t such a skinflint I could upgrade to a paid site I guess.

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      • Emilio, I sent Andrew the instructions for the gallery with the latest set of instructions from our Weekly Prompts How To Page

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  5. Walk in a port with the family is always great!

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  6. More historical and geographical enlightenment.

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  7. What a pity the weather let you down, best-laid plans eh!

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  8. Ik ga het uitvoerig bestuderen, was nog even met me Hollandse ontbijtje bezig op me blog. Ik moet ruimte maken, omdat me foto-bestand vol is 99%. Mijn man: “Do than Bissnis.”
    I: “No!” * http://www.friedabblog.wordpress.com *
    Amsterdam, 20-9-2020, 17.00 uur … Hollandse Zomertijd …

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  9. So, you found a rock to stand on so you can be taller . . . or maybe it just looks that way.

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  10. Ah, British hols!

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  11. We did that walk a few years ago and descended to what is left of the harbour at Port Mulgrave.Its history is fascinating. We then returned to Staithes along the beach. Unfortunately the tidetime indicator in the cottage was wrong and we started back about two hours too soon, meaning at one point it was socks off, boots back on and wading in thigh deep seawater. The rocks just before Staithes were also still very wet and dangerously slippery. Brilliant walk at the right time.

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  12. I can see why you choose to take the high ground when taking photos with your grand daughter, Andrew! 🙂 My grandson Ethan who backpacks with me, is now at least an inch taller. As for rain, we’d be glad to take some off of your hands! –Curt

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  13. Really enjoyed your walk and the mining history.

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  14. Ice cream seems to work wonders! You need to stop your granddaughter wearing a high ponytail, that’s what’s making her taller.

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