Whitby in the north of England is a real seaside
gem. It is one of the many English seaside towns
that became popular holiday destinations for ordinary
people from Victorian times with the growth of the
railways. Where some of these towns have declined
somewhat in recent years, Whitby continues to thrive
due to its location, prettiness and variety of attractions.
Whitby harbour as seen from the
Caedmon's Cross, a memorial to
the earliest recognised English poet, 657-684. A
late Victorian cross in St. Mary's churchyard, Whitby.
The start of Whitby's famous 199
steps, the first record of them is from 1340, they
were wooden until 1774 when replaced with stone.
Alongside is what was originally a donkey track,
the steps lead up to St. Mary's church, the ruins
of the Abbey and the "East Cliff".
A whalebone arch on Whitby's west
cliff commemorating Whitby's involvement in the
past in this highly dangerous fishery. The current
bones are the lower jawbones of a bowhead whale
donated to Whitby from the city of Anchorage, Alaska.
Statue of Captain Cook on the
west cliff, he trained with a local shipping company
here as a young man and there is a Captain Cook
museum here in Whitby.
The east cliff of Whitby as seen
when approaching from the sea. The ruins of Whitby
Abbey, St. Mary's church and the buildings of Whitby
lower down the cliff.
The ruins of Whitby Abbey on the
east cliff as seen from the sea.
Approaching Whitby harbour, lighthouses
on the breakwater in the foreground.
The ruins of Whitby Abbey, in
part the inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic Dracula
The ruins of Whitby Abbey, originally
established in 657, the current ruins are of the
second monastery which was destryoed by king Henry
VIII in 1540, it suffered further damage in 1914
during a shore bombardment by German battlecruisers.
A view of the harbour from the
east cliff just below St. Mary's church.
Looking back towards Whitby from
the east cliff.
Part way up the 199 steps. The
steps are not especially steep, they are wide and
there are flat areas and even benches to sit down
on for a while. So while there are still 199 of
them there is a lot of opportunity to rest and admire
the view without holding others up.
The harbour breakwaters, Whitby.
A busker in the picturesque old
town of Whitby to the east side of the river Esk
that runs through the town.