Fossil hunting on N Yorks coast? (1 Viewer)

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We would like to look for fossils between Redcar and Whitby. Unfortunately my wife has mobility issues (not enough for a Blue Badge) and I can't see anywhere to get my 6m A class van within walking distance of the coast, apart from Redcar and Saltburn, which are not renowned for their fossil remains. Any suggestions please?
Staines Bank Top/Lane looks good but I know the hill down (or more importantly, up) and it is beyond her capabilities. Is there a local taxi firm?
Sandsend Ness has possibilities but there seems to be a height restriction: I could drop her off and park along the seafront, half mile further IF I'm lucky.
Marina Back Car Park at Whitby is a level walk but possibly a bit far. Perhaps I could drop her off at Kyber Pass? I might even get parked there.

Additionally, most sites seem to be closed until March. There is one outside Whitby and one at Sleights with bus stops close by: any thoughts please?

TIA - Gordon
 
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Have you considered Kettleness? Great for fossils. Can park at top of Runswick Bay or Hinderwell.

The access to Kettleness may be problematic but from Runswick Bay which is accessible the walk to Kettleness, dependent on the tides, is lovely.
 
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I'd go to Sandsend shortish steps to the beach although not as good for fossils as Robin Hoods Bay. Two nice cafes and a chippy and this time of year you'll get away with overnighting on the road . In Whitby I'd recommend East Side taxis. We live just outside Whitby in Sleights our friends used the cl here basic but quiet steep road up to it theres also two cls in Aislby at the top of the hill into Whitby.
If you need any help while you're around pm me.
If you want to know whats on pm me as well it's the Whitby Christmas fayre next weekend. If you like music even if it's not very good were playing at the Salmon Leap pub in Sleights on the 25 th
 
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Have you considered Kettleness? Great for fossils. Can park at top of Runswick Bay or Hinderwell.

The access to Kettleness may be problematic but from Runswick Bay which is accessible the walk to Kettleness, dependent on the tides, is lovely.
Kettleness seems superb from that website. However, it looks like 2-3km along the beach from Runswick and that will be beyond her capabilities, especially on sand. Add in the potential problem of being caught by an incoming tide so it's not worth it. Thanks for the idea.
Walking from Hinderwell would also be unsuitable. For Runswick, parking at both Bank Top and Bank Bottom says "Cars and Light Vans". My MH is 3.5T, so "light goods" but I suspect Scarborough BC wouldn't consider that as light. [Marina Back at Whitby says weight restriction 3.5T, so they clearly differentiate]. There seems to be a bit of ad hoc paarking on grass and hard core near Ellerby Lane/Cleveland Way/Hinderwell Lane.
I'd go to Sandsend shortish steps to the beach although not as good for fossils as Robin Hoods Bay. Two nice cafes and a chippy and this time of year you'll get away with overnighting on the road . In Whitby I'd recommend East Side taxis. We live just outside Whitby in Sleights our friends used the cl here basic but quiet steep road up to it theres also two cls in Aislby at the top of the hill into Whitby.
If you need any help while you're around pm me.
If you want to know whats on pm me as well it's the Whitby Christmas fayre next weekend. If you like music even if it's not very good were playing at the Salmon Leap pub in Sleights on the 25 th
Thanks for the info and your kind offers.
The CL I was looking at isn't in Sleights but in Ruswarp (Shawn Riggs). The other one is at High Hawsker (Swan Farm).
Whitby Xma Fayre would be interesting. I imagine, however, that we will spend weekends with my bother in Teesside as he works during the week. I would love to see you on Fri 25th but we have to be back here for our covid booster at 2pm on Sat 26th: a bit too close to risk!

It's several decades since I was last at Boggle Hole and I wonder if you would recommend it? It looks about 300m from the car park to the beach and I seem to think it was moderately steep but at least tarmac.

Thanks again - Gordon
 
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Kettleness seems superb from that website. However, it looks like 2-3km along the beach from Runswick and that will be beyond her capabilities, especially on sand. Add in the potential problem of being caught by an incoming tide so it's not worth it. Thanks for the idea.
Walking from Hinderwell would also be unsuitable. For Runswick, parking at both Bank Top and Bank Bottom says "Cars and Light Vans". My MH is 3.5T, so "light goods" but I suspect Scarborough BC wouldn't consider that as light. [Marina Back at Whitby says weight restriction 3.5T, so they clearly differentiate]. There seems to be a bit of ad hoc paarking on grass and hard core near Ellerby Lane/Cleveland Way/Hinderwell Lane.

Thanks for the info and your kind offers.
The CL I was looking at isn't in Sleights but in Ruswarp (Shawn Riggs). The other one is at High Hawsker (Swan Farm).
Whitby Xma Fayre would be interesting. I imagine, however, that we will spend weekends with my bother in Teesside as he works during the week. I would love to see you on Fri 25th but we have to be back here for our covid booster at 2pm on Sat 26th: a bit too close to risk!

It's several decades since I was last at Boggle Hole and I wonder if you would recommend it? It looks about 300m from the car park to the beach and I seem to think it was moderately steep but at least tarmac.

Thanks again - Gordon
Not been to Boggle Hole for a long time. Look at Sandsend on Google earth I think it might be the best bet.
I'll go and have a look at Boggle Hole if you want.
 
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Not been to Boggle Hole for a long time. Look at Sandsend on Google earth I think it might be the best bet.
I'll go and have a look at Boggle Hole if you want.
Thanks. That’s a kind offer but I think we will stick with sandsend. Our time up north looks like being limited as my wife has taken ill. We will probably just get to Teesside and Darlington then a quick trip down the coast IF we even manage to get away.
Thanks again - Gordon
 
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We visited the doctors, got strong medication and left on Friday, two days later than expected. A nice sunny day to drive to Teesside but some problems so we arrived at 6:30pm. Our friendly farmer fitted us in on some hard standing and we had a good sleep.

Saturday was overcast and drizzle so we spent the morning at Peterlee airport awaiting a decision about whether youngsters from the extended family could go skydiving. I could have made that call easily but we were kept hanging around until midday before it was called off.
We drove to Seaham to explore the sea glass beach but there was a very high tide 👎. However we had excellent fish and chips but the beach was still under water so drove down the coast to Seaton Carew and back to my brother’s for tea.

Then we got a phone call to say SIL has had another seizure, the first in over a year. He was diagnosed with terminal brain tumour last September so on Sunday we head back home to support our oldest daughter and granddaughter, who live just a few miles from us.
This has not been a good trip!

Gordon
 

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