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Whitby - An enchanting seaside town on the North East coast of England

Whitby - Whitby is my favourite English seaside destination; there is something about this place that makes it that little bit extra special, maybe it's the unusual harbour entrance, the myriad of colourful street performers or the quaint side streets and shops selling their wares. I can't put my finger on one specific thing, but Whitby has always enthralled me and I love going back there time after time.

Getting there - In-between Middlesbrough and Scarborough on the North East coast of England, Whitby is accessible by either the A171 or alternatively if you are coming from the south, a more exhilarating route to take is the A169 which takes you through the North York Moors and provides some amazing scenery and twisting roads to enjoy. For parking, I recommend the large car park on Langbourne road which is next to the harbour on the west cliff - there is always plenty of spaces and you are only a couple of minutes walk from the town centre.

The West Cliff - Whitby is divided into two main areas; the West and East Cliffs that are either side of the river Esk. Starting on the west cliff we first visited the harbour which hosts a variety of fishing and sailing boats, and then made our way to the square Delicious Whitby chips with plenty of salft and vinegar where you can usually see various street performers - today there was an Elvis impersonator singing some lively 60's tunes. Making our way to the top of the west cliff we walked past the famous Royal Hotel and stopped for some photos of the Whale Bone Arch and the iconic east cliff with St Mary's church standing proud - If you want some photos of the arch without any human interaction in then be patient - it is a popular sight so you may have to wait for a clear shot. We then decided to head down onto the beach - when the tide is out there is a long expanse of sand to enjoy and some beautiful old multicoloured beach huts to photograph.

After a walk along the beach front we made out way back to the harbour entrance and walked along the pier - you can watch boats heading out to see and there is some interesting architecture. Finally, our hunger got the better of us - the alluring smell of fish and chips proved too powerful and we each bought a cone and a can from a stall on pier street - If you want the best quality fish and chips then the Magpie Cafe is the place to go; due to its fame however, be prepared for a long wait.

The East Cliff - After we had stuffed our chops with chips we made our way across to the East Cliff; we enjoyed walking through the busy streets and stopped on sandgate to look at the old town hall before proceeding up the 199 steps to see the Abbey. The steps are tiring, there's no other way of putting it, luckily there is a seat half way up for unfit people like ourselves! At the top you are greeted with panoramic views of Whitby in all its beauty - we took some brilliant photos from the church graveyard and enjoyed the sunshine for a while. The ruins of Whitby AbbeyWe then entered the Abbey grounds and took some photos of the ruins - you can get a real sense of the scale of the abbey and how it would have originally looked in all its splendour and glory. If you want to learn about the Abbey then the English Heritage information centre is packed full of useful information and historical facts. Making our war back down the 199 steps, we headed onto Henrietta street and onto the other harbour entrance walkway and sat down to enjoy the glorious sun (and to rest our feet!). After a brilliant day, we left the mesmerising town of Whitby behind until our next visit.

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Whitby is not your average seaside town; it is steeped in history, full of quirky residents and buildings, and has some striking features such as the Abbey, Whale Bone arch and the harbor entrance.

Dont miss out on

Robin Hood's bay - 5 miles from Whitby, this is another small English seaside village surrounded by beautiful rocky cliffs full of greenery - If you have time, stop off at this wonderful place and take in the sights.

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay

Information and resources for Whitby & Robin Hood's Bay - links will open in a new page

Whitby on Wikipedia

General information about Whitby and its history as a whaling village - Link

Visit Whitby

Tourist information website for Whitby with activities, sights and accomodation - Link

Whitby Abbey

English heritage information site for Whitby Abbey - Link

Robin Hood's Bay

Wikipedia info page for Robin Hood's Bay - Link

Photos taken using a Canon Powershot ssx220 & a Canon 6D

Whitby has so much to photograph; everywhere you turn there is something else to see and capture. There are so many different angles, subjects, colours, shapes and interesting compositions to be made. Ideal conditions are sunny but with partial cloud cover - you want those picture perfect blue skies but not too over exposed.

Beach huts on the west cliff beach The iconic whale bone arch The west cliff beach Crab pots in the harbour Whitby Harbour View of the East Cliff with St Mary's church in view Whitby harbour entrance - love the colours in this photo Whitby - tourists milling around and the harbour in view Whitby harbour entrance as seen from the East Cliff Delicious chips - a must when visiting Whitby, or any English seaside town St Mary's church on the east cliff View of the West cliff with the graveyard of St Mary's visible in the foreground The impressive Whitby Abbey ruins Whitby Harbour looking from one of the piers Robin Hood's Bay - beautiful scenery Whitby Abbey Fishing boat at Robin Hood's bay Fish shop in Robin Hod's Bay Robin Hood's Bay Robin Hood's Bay
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