|1978 Methuen edition, cover scan of my much-loved and much-read copy|
On a family holiday to Yorkshire, we decided to call into Robin Hood's Bay, a small fishing village and bay in the North York Moors National Park, five miles south of Whitby and fifteen miles north of Scarborough. Bay Town, its local name, is built in a fissure between two steep cliffs with a maze of narrow streets and lots of steps and had a reputation (in the 1700s) for smuggling - there's a reputed network of subterranean passageways linking the houses.
|Dude & I, overlooking the beach|
It's a lovely place and well worth a visit but imagine my surprise at seeing the narrow streets and steep hills, which were like stepping into one of Press' beautiful images. While we didn't find any skulduggery afoot, Dude & I enjoyed a good walk and a delicious ice cream plus I found an excellent secondhand bookshop too.
The images all come from A Theft At The Zoo (the story which also supplies the cover of the book) - just look at the detail!
|Looking over Cleveland Way, coming up from the beach|
|A close-up of above, with King Street leading off to the left|
|New Road, heading away from the beach|
|New Road, on the way back up to the car park. Note the wonderful old Kodak sign on the shop|
You can also check out my 'bit of nostalgia' blog about The Black Hand Gang here