Published: Friday 12th Oct 2012
Written by: Kirsty Jones
STEEPED in history, quaint and charming with a story to tell in every nook and cranny.
Whether you are here for a weekend or a week, it won’t be enough to fit in everything that the town - quickly becoming one of the most cosmopolitan of seaside resorts - has to offer.
While away your days by taking a stroll along the sandy beach from Whitby to the quintessential village of Sandsend or brace yourself for a windswept walk along the cliff tops and the Cleveland Way to Robin Hood’s Bay, which offers a look into times past with its red-roofed fishermen’s cottages and wonderful, winding cobbled lanes.
Just a few miles from the rugged coastline are the breathtaking, heather-laden North York Moors. The National Park may be celebrating its 60th birthday this year but the history of the moors goes back to the Ice Age.Today you can enjoy up to 1,400 miles of walkway from south of Robin Hood’s Bay up to the Esk Valley. It may be a little off the beaten track but it boasts traditional, quaint villages with stone cottages, country pubs and independent shops in abundance.
Back in Whitby, why not wander by the Victorian guest houses on the West Cliff; try your hand at crazy golf or clear your pockets of loose change in the amusements. Have a go at crabbing in Kiddie’s Corner just by the town’s historic swing bridge.A short walk across town will take you to the award-winning Pannett Park, restored and recreated by a team of dedicated volunteers over the last few years. It also houses Whitby Museum, which contains relics and artefacts from the town’s rich, and sometimes poor, history.
While you are taking a trip down memory lane stop off at Captain Cook’s Museum, tucked away down the little-known Grape Lane on the historic east side of town. Here, the famous story of the great sea explorer, who learnt his craft in Whitby, is told in great detail.
Also on the east side are cobbled streets, independent shops, Fortune’s kipper smoking house and, of course, the infamous 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey, which offers some of the best panoramic views of the town. Whatever and wherever you want to explore, let the team at Ingrid Flute Holiday Cottages find the ideal holiday home for you.