Wednesday 27 October 2010


You may be forgiven in thinking that the sky is always blue in Yorkshire, but you see, when the weather man says its going to be fine, and I can get out, I get out. So travel with me over the North York Moors to Whitby.

Is it just me or do the moors get more spectacular every year?

We set off early and arrived in Whitby, on the Yorkshire coast at 10 am. It was a really really cold start, but as the sun warmed everything up, it became almost hot! Captain James Cook famously lived in Whitby.

For those who have never been, this is a real whale bone, just outside the Royal Hotel, used as "The Royal" hospital in the TV series (I didn't watch it much myself, but my god son is an actor and appeared in 3 episodes that I was duty bound to watch).

There is a fabulous beach which stretches all the way from Whitby to Sandsend (another stunning little village on the coast)

We had a stroll along the pier to one of the lighthouses. It was really busy. Either everyone has come to Yorkshire for a holiday, or we are all Staycationing.
The view from the Victorian side of town - over to the old village.

The Abbey in the town was the inspiration for "Dracula"

Of course, Fish and Chips are famous here - Rick Steins favourite chippy always has long queues.

The town is divided in two by the river Esk, the older half - the fishing village - is really quaint.

Because of the Dracula connection, Goths flock to Whitby. The "Goth weekends" are an amazing spectacular. We once happened upon one and I couldn't believe the stunning costumes and makeup.
Of course the town does Halloween really well because of this and if you get chance next weekend, they are putting on the most brilliant of all Goth Weekends. It will be a sight to see.

I always have to go and peer in, and smell the aroma at Fortunes Smoke house. He was smoking kippers, ham and salmon.

The view over to the Victorian side of town from the fishing village.

After fish and chips, we had a quick walk on the beach, and then drove on to Robin Hoods Bay.

I'll show you tomorrow what we did there.


A garden just outside Venice said...

Love the costal shot! It looks like a postcard!

P.S.Queen of swaps me?! The worst one of your bloggy friends! You know why!

Diane said...

Interesting post and beautiful photos. I have never been to Yorkshire so did wonder about theose blue skies :-) I have cycled right up the West coast but have never been East. I can just smell those herrings smoking :-))) Diane

Unknown said...

Oooo Diane - I've stayed in that hotel and had my photo taken underneath those Whale Bones when I was a teenager on holiday with my parents - many, many moons ago.

I know Whitby and Scarborough quite well - do you know Cayton Bay? We used to enjoy walking my chocolate Labrador there. It was always bloody windy and freezing cold!

Jill x

Rosie said...

Oh, wonderful I love Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes - in fact the whole coast and the moors around Danby and Castleton. Your photos are super - is that the little smoke house on the 199 steps up to the Abbey? Thanks for the trip:)

Vintage Tea Time said...

I love Whitby - thanks for showing the lovely photos!

Young at Heart said...

OMG!! Brilliant photos.... Whitby is The-ex-who-came -from-up-north's favourite place, have spent many a happy lunchtime in the Magpie then walking it off climbing up to the Abbey, then buying fudge on the way down .... being ntroduced to Yorkshire was almost worth the heart ache!!

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Beautiful images.
We occasionaly Christmas in Whitby and I just love it.

Sarah said...

Great photos. We have a week in Robin Hoods Bay every year. We love the area xx

Jen Walshaw said...

I love Whiby and we visit all the time, but then I only live 20 mins away

A Bun Can Dance said...

ooh, I'd love to go to Whitby one day, it looks so lovely. And I want to walk on the Yorkshire moors some time too - I think Mr Bun and I need to plan a holiday to Yorkshire next year!
Thank you for your lovely comment,

Denise x

topchelseagirl said...

I'd love to go to Whitby one day, never been that far north lol! It looks and sounds great. x

jennyfreckles said...

Wonderful - I love Whitby. We used to have our annual church weekend away there - sadly we've moved to a different venue now and I miss my yearly trip to the North Sea coast.

lovethosecupcakes said...

I live a bit further up the coast (Cook's birthplace)and love visiting all of those places you've posted about.

Kathy said...

We had a great holiday in Whitby many moons ago when my daughter was reading the Robin Jarvis series of books about 'The Whitby Witches'.She was amazed that there really were 199 steps and there were fossils in the wall just like it said in the book! We also enjoyed a very spooky ghost walk one evening. I must go back sometime ... it still looks lovely!
Love Kathy xxx

Supernatural seasons 1-5 dvd said...

wow i really love the nice pictures

cieldequimper said...

Oh to have kippers!

cottonreel said...

Love the pic,. of the pumpkin in the sling. I shall make sure I go to Whitby on a coach tour next year. --cottonreel