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.