Spotting birds and bikes in Yorkshire

Watching the birds near Bridlington was a hoot for Trish.... surprisingly. ANL-150420-100344001
Watching the birds near Bridlington was a hoot for Trish.... surprisingly. ANL-150420-100344001
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TRISH TAKES FIVE: By Trish Burgess

Did you see BBC Springwatch over the Easter weekend? The team was based on the Yorkshire coast and, in particular, Bempton Cliffs, where every year 250,000 seabirds come to nest from April through to August.

I was particularly excited to see the programme because, by chance, we had just booked a short break and would be staying on the outskirts of Bempton village.

Being able to have a little preview of our holiday was a great way to show the family where we were going. They usually rely on me to do all the organising and planning, happy to just tag along and hope I’ve chosen wisely.

Thankfully there were plenty of enthusiastic nods as I pointed at the telly.

Arriving at our destination a few days later, there were more exclamations of approval.

We were staying in High Barn Cottages, a gorgeous barn conversion a few miles from Bridlington and minutes from the chalk cliffs of Bempton.

One of the most fascinating features of the accommodation was the presence of an owl webcam. The TVs in each of the five properties had a link to the nesting box so guests were able to see the owl, day and night.

I didn’t think I was much of a bird lover but I found this so captivating. I was happy just to sit and watch although, in the daytime, there wasn’t much to see as our owl friend snoozed in the corner ­just like my husband, funnily enough.

To see more bird action, we eventually headed to the RSPB centre on the cliffs, unintentionally choosing the windiest day of our holiday.

The sea breeze may have been fierce but the birds were still able to put on a bit of a show: gannets, razorbills and guillemots could be seen wheeling above the cliff tops while the lesser spotted female Burgess made a gallant effort to stay upright on the path.

If birds aren’t your thing, there’s another reason you might want to take a trip to this area.

Following on from the huge interest created when the Grand Départ of the Tour de France set off from Leeds in 2014, another cycle race, Tour de Yorkshire, will be starting from Bridlington on May 1 for an exciting three-day race.

We had a wonderfully relaxing break in the East Riding of Yorkshire and can certainly recommend the region if you need some inspiration for the next Bank Holiday weekend, whether or not you’re a bird or bike fancier.

If snoozing on a comfy sofa is more your thing, they’ve got that covered too.

You can follow Trish on Twitter @mumsgoneto and read her blog at www.mumsgoneto.blogspot.com