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Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey 2

Whitby Abbey 2

Graveyard

Graveyard

Pier

Pier

Fishing

Fishing

Whitby marina

Whitby marina


Leaving York I caught the Coastliner bus across the North York Moors to Whitby. Like the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire district could be considered 'chocolate box England'. Stone fenced paddocks filled with Swaledale sheep, babbling brooks spanned by the occasional stone bridge with rolling green hills giving way to the windswept brown heather covered moors. All that was missing was a hobbit hole! As the bus drove through the Moors I wished I was riding my bike through this country instead. The rolling hills would have made a great ride, though when the wind is blowing it could get quite nasty and whilst the climbs are short they are nasty (one hill was signposted as 1:3!!).

Whitby is a charming seaside town situated on the North sea. The main industry is tourism and fishing. It seems that every 3rd store in Whitby is a fish & chip shop. Whitby has a significant connection with Australia. This is the place that Captain Cook set sail with the Endeavour on the voyage that resulted in Australia being colonised. First place visited was the postcard perfect Whitby Abbey, the ruins of the abbey are perched on a cliff top next to an old 1800's graveyard. Apparently it was this place that inspired Bram Stoker to create the Dracula story. In fact l missed the bi-annual Goth festival by 2 days. Don't think I fit in with that crowd. There are still some Goths remaining in town from the weekend but I must say that wrinkly oldies do not look good dressed Goth!

After the Abbey I completed my orders by buying some Whitby Jet for the girls back home. It was a stressful experience having to buy jewellery for M & T. I really have no idea so I followed M's photo instructions, "Keep it simple, stupid".

I then headed down to the pier and to my surprise there were people sunbaking and and even a couple of brave souls swimming at the beach. Now it was a sunny day in Whitby but the temperature was still only 13C. I had 3 layers on to keep warm.

For dinner I bought fish & chips with sides of scampi and mushy peas from 'The Magpie Cafe', reputedly England's best fish & chips. The meal did not disappoint. All up a great day.

Posted by adtamo 13:40 Archived in United Kingdom

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