A couple of wee strolls along the beach and the harbour area were as much as we attempted with the obligatory three-course Italian dinner at night thrown in. Joanna was able to track down and enjoy one of the top delicacies on this part of the world a ‘lemon-top’ ice cream.
The photograph to the left is of a sculpture called The Gansey Girl. Part of the Bridlington Maritime Trail, it celebrates the history and traditions of the local fishing community. Designed by artist Steve Carvill, it depicts a girl knitting a traditional 'gansey jumper' worn by the fishermen.
There are conflicting views as to whether there is any benefit in stopping for a day when engaged in this kind of ongoing activity with some people believing that it is better to walk yourself in and then just keep going with only the occasional stop to do washing, etc. Me? I like my wee rest and a day off every now and again does seem to refresh me. The Vagabond's wife just seems to need a tin of spinach and a telephone box to change in and then she's off for the high ground.
From Ulhome Sands and on down to Hornsea and beyond there are enormous difficulties with coastal erosion. A survey completed in 2012 concluded that since the last survey a year before (2011) there had been an attrition rate of some seven metres (22 feet) compared to an average annual loss of 1.7 metres (5.5ft). Further information is available in this informative Guardian Newspaper article
All in all it had been a fairly easy day. While the scenery did not have the epic qualities of some of the higher North Yorkshire cliff top settings, nonetheless it did have a kind of old-world charm about it. The walking was different, flatter and more consistent with none of the ups and downs and ins and outs of some of our earlier walks. But at least there are cliffs here; dwarf-like they may be and grander even than the landscape we will encounter later in the week, which runs for mile after mile on a very flat trajectory over the dykes that protect the land from the sea. Now that will be a challenge!