Tuesday, 1 June 2021


Mick took a day off work on Friday and as some better weather had arrived we decided to head to the coast. We weren't bothered about the hustle and bustle of a seaside resort, just a nice beach where we could walk Archie so we thought that Fraisthorpe would fit the bill nicely.

Fraisthorpe is so convenient, this is the view from the car park. As you can see, the beach is a stones throw, literally, from where you park your car which means you don't have to carry picnics and other paraphernalia around with you.

How lovely is this. Just at the entrance to the beach is a box containing balls and other dog toys which you can borrow in memory of Fanny. Such a lovely thing. Thank you, Fanny, though Archie isn't one for chasing balls and toys, he much prefers spending his time in the many rock pools which can be found on this beach.

There's lots of concrete tank blocks and large rocks left on this beach and rock pools form around them, much to Archie's delight. He always makes a beeline straight for any standing water.

28000 pill boxes were built during WWII as a defence against German invasion, only 6000 remain today and along with the tank blocks, there are pill boxes on the beach too.

I always seem to find beach treasure wherever I go.

We stood for a while and watched the sand martins flying to and from their nests in the cliffs. I wasn't quick enough to get a photo of them, I definitely wouldn't make a nature photographer, I haven't got the patience.

Fraisthorpe is about four miles south of Bridlington, which you can just see in the distance in the photo above. You can see how quiet the beach was, most of the people there were walking dogs with just a few families with children. We'd have taken a walk along the beach into Bridlington but it's a bit far now for Archie.

This is a photo in the opposite direction. There wasn't any facilities at this beach when we first started coming here but there's now a dog friendly cafe and toilets. The car park is pay and display and at £1 for an hour, £3 for 3 hours or £5 all day, I think it's very reasonable. The cafe looks nice but as we always take a picnic with us we've never tried it but it's good that there's somewhere you can eat which is dog friendly after time spent on the beach. This beach is dog friendly all year round, whereas many beaches have restrictions in place during the summer months.

There may not have been many people enjoying the beach but the seagulls were having a paddle.

After a good walk we settled down in a couple of chairs like an old married couple. Oh, we are an old married couple. I took my lovely Moomins flask which was one of my gifts from Daniel and Jasmine for Christmas 2019, it hasn't had many outings since then as we haven't had that many trips out but hopefully, it will see some action this year.

Just time for Archie to have a play in the rock pools again before we head home. It was a lovely day, so much so that we returned again on Sunday with Eleanor and Jacob. I'm determined to make the most of the good weather while it lasts.


  1. The perfect beach for Archie and a great walk. We haven't made it to the seaside yet although we feel the need for some fresh sea air.

  2. I love simple beaches, we have some here but ours are all pebble beaches, we love walking to local small beaches rather than huge busy ones. Last week carparks at Woolacombe were charging £5 for an hours parking!

  3. What a lovely beach and all that sand. Archie was certainly enjoying himself in the water. That was a lovely thing for someone to do in memory of Fanny and would be well appreciated by dog owners. I don't blame you for returning there, it's a lovely day out for you to enjoy with your family.

  4. Hi Jo

    So nice you can take Archie with you he seems to of had a fabulous time. Poor Romeo doesn't like the heat I think its because he's a black & tan and black seems to attract the heat, where as Rufus is a real sun worshiper and will lie in the sun all day if you let him.


  5. What a lovely beach and such a nice gesture from Fanny's owners and even nicer that people are actually replacing the items after use, you can see that Archie is enjoying himself, it makes such a difference when the sun shines. xx

  6. We’ve yet to try Ruby on a beach. Maybe this would be a good one to try.

    1. I’ve looked up this beach on the internet and there are lots of complaints about being fined for parking even when they have bought a ticket

  7. That sounds like a perfect day out. It's good to be able to make the most of any decent weather!
    Best wishes

  8. Looks like a wonderfully relaxing beach. Glad Archie had a good time in the puddles.

  9. That's just my type of beach, a vast expanse of sand and no-one else there. It looks like Archie was enjoying himself in the rock pools, and the box of dog balls and toys is a lovely thing for someone to do in memory of Fanny :)

  10. What a lovely beach and having it nearly to yourselves must have been great. Didn't think there were many where that happened in summer in UK. I've been to Bridlington, so have an idea of where it is. Enjoy the good weather whilst is it possible. Take care, stay safe & hugs to you all.

  11. Smiling at your old married couple comment. Such an interesting, beautiful beach. What a bonus that the car park is so close. Fanny's toy box is such a sweet idea, but Archie has class going for the rock pools. Loving the sand martin's nests.xxx

  12. What a lovely day you had.
    Archie loves those rock pools doesn't he.
    Great pictures.

    All the best Jan

  13. Archie looks quite content! The water makes us so relaxed doesnt it? Hoping for many more good days to come

  14. A quiet beach would be very nice. I wish we lived a little closer to the coast. It looks like you had a great day out with Archie.

  15. Lovely post and pictures. Good to see you enjoyed yourselves. That looks like my ideal day at the seaside, especially with weather like that. xx

  16. A lovely outing. I love dunking my feet so I would have been right there in the rock pools alongside Archie :)

  17. the photos are lovely! looks like Archie is enjoying himself!

  18. Lovely beach and such a thoughtful idea for the dog toys. During our childhood we had a dachshund who loved the beach but went around the pools so he didn´t get wet, until he slipped, as usual then he didn´t care, Archie just reminds me of him as he mooches about xcx

  19. It looks so much more peaceful than my last beach visit where you could not even see the beach because there were so many people there. So glad you had a lovely day.

  20. What lovely photos Jo! Archie looks like he is really enjoying himself.