A weekend in North Yorkshire
Last weekend I headed off to North Yorkshire with six friends that I’ve known since we were at school together. We all turned 30 this year so decided to celebrate with a weekend away. Now that we’re in our 30s, partying is slightly lower down on our agenda, so we were looking forward to cooking meals together, playing board games, watching films and exploring the area.
Where to stay in North Yorkshire
I was not in charge of booking the accommodation for this trip – in fact I pretty much stayed out of the organising altogether which was nice. One of my besties picked Studford Luxury Lodges as our weekend base. These wooden cabins are super stylish and cosy inside with woodburners and three bedrooms. There’s also a sauna, hot tub, large decking area and a BBQ – perfect for a girls weekend. The setting is stunning – the lodges are on stilts in the woods and, although there were other cabins around, the setting is super peaceful. There are some walks from the site, but there’s nothing really to do within walking distance which was perfect for us.
A lot of our time was spent catching up and chatting – we don’t see each other as much as we did when we were 18 and out every single weekend so there was plenty to talk about! There was also plenty of chilling out – the sauna and hot tub really helped with that! – eating lots of carbs and my first time watching The Greatest Showman (I know – a little overdue, right?!).
We also went on a little walk around the site and area where we found a den, a rope swing, and learned how to floss.
I’ve visited Whitby quite a few times (check out my dog friendly Whitby guide here) and I think I’d say it’s my favourite seaside town in the north of England. While we visited there was the Whitby Regatta on so it was super busy but we managed to have a barefoot walk on the beach (essential when you visit any seaside, no matter where you are in the world), walked along the pier, explore some of the little shops and have a cup of tea at the abbey.
We also managed to get fish and chips from the famous Magpie Cafe. I’ve always tried to go here as I’ve heard so much about it, but on all my trips to Whitby it’s always been closed. It was well worth the wait – they were delicious. However, you need to watch out for the greedy seagulls – we saw one swoop down and grab a fish from someone’s tray which made me super protective of my food!
York is definitely one of my favourite cities in the UK – there’s so much to do and all the buildings and shops are really pretty. We didn’t really do much in York on this trip, we just had a mooch round the shops (a trip to Mulberry is a must for me) and a light lunch at Slug and Lettuce before returning to the lodge for a cream tea and an afternoon walk.
I loved my time in North Yorkshire and can’t wait to explore more.