Sneaton cottages

Sneaton is a small village about four miles from Whitby, on the way to Scarborough via Ruswarp, (Ruswarp has a general store and a very good local butcher). Sneaton has the church of St Hilda, named after the Abbess of Whitby from the 7th century and the Order of the Holy Paraclete nuns are based at Sneaton Castle in Whitby. The Wilson Arms is the local country inn in the village, serving bar meals including vegetarian options. Beacon Farm has a tea room and produces ice creams in all sorts of flavours, including cinder toffee using local cows milk. You will see their ice cream vans in the local area too. Whitby is well worth a day visit with its historical connections; Whitby Abbey, built in the 7th century, and originally run by St Hilda is fascinating and the Synod there was responsible for the setting of Easter dates from then to the present day.

St Hilda was famous for her pilgrimages from Whitby to Hartlepool and there are many, many churches with her name in the area. The town is also famous for the large number of excellent fish and chip outlets, boasting the best in the UK this year, The Quayside, Bram Stoker's Dracula is portrayed in the novel as landing in Whitby and crawling up to the church, St Mary's, at the top of the cliff. If you travel south from Sneaton, you come to Scarborough, with its several beaches, high street stores, the Sea Life Centre, Peasholm Park and live theatre at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, made famous by Alan Ayckbourn.

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