About Whitby, North Yorkshire
You will find many things to do and see in Whitby and
the surrounding area, from the steep winding steps of our Abbey
on the east headland, to fossiling along the Jurassic 'Dinosaur
Coast'. You can lose yourself in the town's beauty
The area is ideal for a painting holiday, the skies
are huge and open, the light being especially good in the autumn.
The rugged coast was used as the backdrop for the Shackleton
film, Heartbeat, Rick Stein's cookery programme, and many documentaries.
Whitby boasts the photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe who captured
the life of this fishing town at the turn of the last century. You
will find The
Sutcliffe Gallery selling his beautiful prints as you
walk down to the harbour from Bolthole
Cottage. Take your camera and catch the sun rise over
the Abbey and the gravestones of long forgotten mariners. In the
evening the East Side of the town takes on the russet colours of
the setting sun, and sets the pan tiles and cottage windows ablaze.
In August catch the Esk
Valley Railway and amid small village stations, walk
over the expanse of purple heather covered moor, lunch in the excellent
village pubs. At Grosmont Station you can transfer to the North
Yorks Moors Railway and chug to Pickering pulled by
a steam locomotive. (Maps and suggestions for walks are kept in
One morning, climb up to the Abbey and follow the Cleveland
Way footpath along the coast to Robin Hood's Bay, you
will pass Saltwick Bay where there were major alum works. Here the
flat bottomed 'cats' (sailing boats of the same design as Captain
Cook's Endeavour) were loaded with this precious commodity which
was the magic ingredient in making fast the bold colours used in
ecclesiastical robes. You will pass the lighthouse, and the building
which once housed 'Hawsker Bull' (the fog horn). Robin Hood's Bay
has an excellent cafes and pubs also regular bus links with Whitby
and Scarborough if you can't face the two hour walk back!
If you are in Whitby in the winter visit the Whitby
Book Shop on Church Street buy 'The Floating Egg' by
Roger Osborne (potted geology of our coast). Cross the Old Market
Place and enter 'The Shambles' you will find comfy leather settees,
food or drink and the most brilliant views up and down the Harbour.
Sit here and read the papers and watch the boats sail away. Buy
kippers to take home from Fortune's up at the bottom of the church
steps. The jet shops, and galleries here are interesting. Walk up
the church steps when the moon is full and imagine Bram Stoker's
Dracula in the guise of a slavering black hound jumping from the
Transylvanian schooner below, and galloping up the 199 steps to
the graves at the Church of St Mary's.
Whether you bring your camera, paint brush or pen you will find
much to sooth and charm you in Whitby. The cottage is warm and cosy,
and if you really must - the gym is 2 mins away! Swimming pool 4
mins and the beauty shop just round the corner.
Have a lovely rest!
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