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Whitby Welcomes You

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The sound of the gulls, the smell of fish, the sight of red roofs up the steep banks from the quay leading to the ruins of the abbey on the cliff…. This is Whitby. Few places equal Whitby and District in photogenic situation. Within a few miles radius there is scenery of almost every type. Bold indented coastlines with lofty cliffs and sheltered bays. Heather clad uplands, pretty woods and waterfalls, streams flowing through secluded dales into one of the loveliest of Yorkshire’s Rivers. A warm Yorkshire welcome awaits you. May you enjoy a wonderful time among us and when the time comes for you to return home, have a safe journey, fond memories and a desire to call and see us again in the “haven twixt the heather and the sea”.

Harry Collett, Chair of Whitby and District Tourism Association Whitby’s first twinning took place in 1976 with Whitby in Ontario, Canada and the latest 2002 with Whitby, New Zealand. Over the years many residents holidaying or visiting relatives near one of our ten twin towns have delivered letters or small gifts on behalf of the Town Council and residents of Whitby.

Whitby is twinned with following towns: Whitby, Ontario, Canada (1976) • Anchorage, Alaska (1978) Stanley, Falkland Islands (1981) • Nuku’alofa, Tonga (1983) Cooktown, Australia (1987) • Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii (1987) West Wyalong, Australia (1989) • Whitianga, New Zealand (1993) East Freemantle, Australia (1997) • Whitby, New Zealand (2002) At the time of going to press, WDTA would like to acknowledge the valued support of the following in the production of this guide: Whitby Town Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Mrs Betty Watson. All editorial and pictorial contributions, and our advertisers’ vital contribution. Photographic Credits: English Heritage, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, North York Moors National Park Authority, Esk Valley Railway, Alan Wastell, J. Freeman, Dennis Weller, Chris Barron, Pete Walker, Welcome to Yorkshire, Discovery Photography, Mike Kipling, Tony Bartholomew, John Lamerton, Bob Cameron, Sutcliffe Gallery. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. WDTA cannot accept liability for any loss caused by errors in the information. Images labelled NYMNPA are supplied by North York Moors National Park Authority. Designed and produced by Bow House Ltd • 116 Long Street • Easingwold • York • YO61 3JA Tel: 01347 821928 • Web: • Email:

Whitby Town and Harbour


The windswept cliff-tops and natural harbour of Whitby have held a fascination for visitors since long before the silhouette of the 13th Century Abbey appeared. Round the open river estuary named “Sinus Fari” lived the Brigantes who were moved out by the Romans. Three Centuries later when the Romans departed, the Saxons came and conquered the country. Streonshalh, the Anglo Saxon name for the town, fell into Northumbria, a kingdom lying north of the river Humber and stretching up to the Scottish Border. It was fought over by minor clans until King Oswy claimed ascendancy. The Celtic Abbey dedicated to St Peter was established in AD 657 and ruled over by Hild who presided over the Great Synod of Streonshalh which, in 664 combined Celtic and Roman branches of Christianity together to settle the date for Easter. The Danes arrived in large numbers, colonised the Esk valley and renamed Streonshalh - Whitby.

The town is divided into an East Side and a West Side, connected by the 100 year old swing bridge. The Town Hall and Market Place, 199 Church Stairs leading to the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin and the ruins of the Benedictine Abbey are situated on the East Side. The West Side is dominated by Victorian hotels and guest houses, plus the attractions of the Leisure Centre, Pannett Park Art Gallery and Museum and the Spa Pavilion Complex. On both sides of the town there is a wonderful mix of architectural styles, comprising fishermen’s cottages, narrow cobbled streets, lanes, yards and ghauts from the medieval period to the modern day. There is a particularly rich legacy of Georgian buildings, courtesy of the wealthy ship owners of that period. Whitby is blessed with a diversity of indivdual shops. Gourmet food stores and restaurants jostle with interesting individual shops offering souvenirs to original works of art and jewellery of quality and distinction.

Whitby Town and Harbour


Get your 'Lucky Duck' at

Whitby Glass Studios 53 years of amazing success 9 Sandgate, Whitby Tel/Fax: 01947 603 553

Daily demonstrations of glass animal making Beswick, Willow Tree, Trendle & Boyd Bears, Marbles and Crystals Choose your Lucky Duck by the colour of your gemstone: Jan: Garnet Feb: Amethyst Mar: Aqua-Marine Apr: Crystal May: Emerald Jun: Agate Jul: Ruby Aug: Peridot Sept: Sapphire Oct: Opal Nov: Topaz Dec: Turquoise email:

WASH HOUSE POTTERY A Working Pottery Established in 1982 the pottery’s styles and designs reflect images of the South Western United States. It is located off the old part of Church St. A mail order service is available.

Open: April - October (most days). November - March (most weekends and some week days. Please phone first). Laureen Shaw, Wash House Pottery 4 Blackburn Yard, Whitby YO22 4DS Tel: 01947 604 995 Email: Straight from the sea, onto the boat, into the market, and across the road to

The Whitby Catch

We pride ourselves on our extensive range of fresh and smoked fish, shellfish and seafood, with over 120 different fish products available daily. Our produce is always of the highest quality and freshness.

1 Pier Road, Whitby YO21 3PT Tel: 01947 601313 Fax: 01947 606231 Email:

Whitby Town and Harbour



Whitby Town and Harbour

Whitby Town and Harbour



Whitby Town and Harbour

The whole reason for Whitby`s existence is the harbour. It has been a refuge along the Yorkshire coast since man first sailed these shores. It is now protected by two piers which, as well as protection, affords the visitor an excellent opportunity for a delightful stroll. The West pier is the grander of the two structures with its elegant 75 foot lighthouse. Across the harbour mouth the East pier, completed 23 years later in 1854 sports a smaller, less ornate lighthouse but provides an equally interesting walk.

In the days of sail you would have watched as becalmed sailing vessels would be hauled or warped in and out of the harbour using the capstans situated along both piers. The concrete and timber extensions were an early 20th century addition to the harbour’s protection both from the sea and the shifting sands that filled the harbour mouth. Opposite the popular lifeboat museum on Pier Road is the bandstand, offering entertainment and the classic view of Whitby`s East side. Where better to sit awhile with an ice-cream or a pot of mussels!

Bobbins WOOL • CRAFTS ANTIQUES Knitters Paradise. In the old cobbled part of Church St. Exciting Natural Fibres and Knit-kits in Exclusive Designs Colinette Yarns Noro and Debbie Bliss Yarns Denim Cotton Fishermans Gansey Exhibition Wesley Hall, Church Street WHITBY Email: (01947) 600585

Whitby Town and Harbour


Whitby Town and Harbour




Ditto Restaurant

WHITBY’S PREMIER We offer a relaxed and enjoyable shopping experience, with old-fashioned personal service, and a wonderful range of goods, including Cafes and Restaurants, Furniture Retailers, Ladies and Mens Fashion, Jewellery and Decorative Items, Glamorous Lingerie, Stylish Shoes, Vintage Clothing, Original Artworks, Antiques and Collectables, Alternative Clothing and Accessories, Creperie,

Whitby Town and Harbour

. . . . DON’T MISS


Luna Piena

Delicatessen and Special Take-aways, Fine China and Leather Goods, Paint Your Own Pottery, Chandeliers and Mirrors, Art Deco Lighting, Original Paintings, Driftwood Art, Books New & Antiquarian, Jigsaws, Stationery, Music Shops, Fair Trade Gifts, Unusual Gifts and Crafts, Vintage Toys, Craft Bakery, Outdoor Pursuits Clothing, Wood Turning, Charity Shops and lots lots more!

Fishnets Lingerie

Holman’s Bookshop



Whitby Town and Harbour

Whitby Town and Harbour



Whitby Town and Harbour

Whitby harbour is a fascinating place embracing all aspects of Whitby`s maritime life, it even has its own beach. The bridge, over 100 years old, opens when the bell is rung to allow vessels to pass through, anything from the functional Esk dredger to fine yachts and cruisers. A small but active fishing fleet also moves in and out whilst you may also see a “shout” when the R.N.L.I. roar out to a rescue aboard the “George and Mary Webb” Lifeboat. The annual August regatta (see events) gives you a chance to watch competing teams using the rowing gigs originally used to pull becalmed sailing ships in the harbour.

Whitby cured kippers obtainable here only 22 Henrietta Street Whitby

01947 601659 Fortunes have been producing kippers on the same premises on Henrietta Street for over 130 years. Five generations of the family have cured kippers and can still be seen today using unchanged methods to produce their traditional smoked kippers. Smoked salmon, haddock and kipper paté.

Monday - Saturday 9.00 am - 3.00 pm Sunday 10.00 am - 12.00 pm & 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm (shop will close early on days when we sell out of kippers)

Whitby Town and Harbour


On the landward side of the swing bridge you can stroll past the swaying masts of the yachts in the marina with its lovely views of the old town and Abbey. Once this area, now car parking, was the site of the town’s thriving shipbuilding industry where Captain Cook’s ships were built. Even the new marina facility toilet building owes aspects of its design to the whalebone arches of a bygone era. The River Esk, which is the heart of the harbour, is tidal up to the weir at Ruswarp. It has a more rural appearance as it flows under the high level road bridge and the magnificent brick viaduct that once carried the Whitby to Scarborough railway. This dramatic change from urban to rural hosts a wealth of wildlife including Kingfishers, Seals and the occasional Otter.

Whitby Town and Harbour



Under 5’s sail FREE on all cruises

Licensed Bar, Toilets and Heated Saloon

ESK BELLE II Whitby’s biggest trip boat licensed for 100 passengers Daily Trips 25/30 mins out into the bay Starting at 10.00am. Sunset and Twilight Cruises Longer length trips as advertised on the day. Visits to Staithes See website for dates and details.

SPECKSIONEER A classic Dutch motorsailer Licensed for 12 passengers Our “wildlife boat”, offering wildlife trips (seals & porpoises), sunset cruises, whale watching (August/November) also full and half day charters Tickets and information available from our boarding point, Brewery Steps (opposite the lifeboat station)

Telephone: 07941 450381 / 07900 224431 All trips subject to local weather conditions.

Whitby Town and Harbour



Attractions Artistic Whitby

Artists, writers, sculptors, photographers, radio, film and television producers are continually attracted to the area. In literature the town has worldwide influence. Whitby displays many contemporary sculptures throughout the town, depicting its fascinating history. Explore the town via the Blue Plaque trail or learn more about Lewis Caroll on the White Rabbit Walk, both compiled by Whitby Civic Society. The area is host to many independent art galleries, studio potteries, jet workshops and craft shops, offering a wide range of locally inspired works. Pannett Park is the home of the town’s main museum and art gallery. The museum houses a truly fascinating range of items showcasing the area’s history - from fossil Ichthyosaurs to its vibrant maritime past, including of course, Captain James Cook’s exploits. The Pannett Art Gallery has two main collections, The Staithes Group, a fine collection by these early 20th Century English Impressionist painters, and the Weatherill Collection, paintings by George and his three talented children. The Gallery also houses two rare and beautiful Burne-Jones Tapestries. In addition the gallery hosts a season of temporary exhibitions and this year has two paintings on display selected as part of Yorkshire’s Favourite Paintings.

WHITBY MUSEUM Pannett Park, Whitby Tel: 01947 602908 Set in the delightful Pannett Park, the unique atmosphere of a Victorian museum with many varied, important and unusual collections. Changing exhibitions. Café. Talks and events. Open 9.30am-4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays

Attractions Museums and Galleries


Founded in the 1820s to display fossil Ichthyosaurs and other maritime monsters dug from the local alum workings, Whitby Museum has retained its traditional atmosphere. It displays a host of fascinating and curious exhibits reflecting Whitby's past. The Museum has a programme of temporary exhibitions through the year. Pannett Park itself is a wonderful green oasis of peace within the town. Bequeathed by Alderman Pannett to the town, it has just undergone major resoration and replanting thanks to a lot of hard work and grants from the BIG Lottery Fund and HLF. The world famous photographs of Victorian Whitby and its characters, by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe are displayed in the Sutcliffe Gallery, on Flowergate in Whitby. Whitby Harbour, circa 1880 by Richard Weatherill


Attractions Museums and Galleries

Fish and Ships! A journey round the world at Captain Cook’s table Special exhibition 1 March 31 October This year the Museum explores food on Cook’s ships: what stores were taken, how food was preserved and served, what extra was caught or bought during the long voyages. Imagine Cook using fine china at his table for distinguished guests! Or the botanist Joseph Banks on safari with his portable cooking apparatus, including a traveling pepperpot and nutmeg grater! The Royal Geographical Society still has his 18th century camping gear and it will be on show at the Museum in Whitby all season.

A sailor fishing off a gun © Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Captain Cook’s dinner service © Skaill House, Orkney

Attractions Museums and Galleries


Attractions Museums and Galleries


Whitby Galleries


stablished in 1993, Whitby Galleries has quickly become one of Yorkshire’s leading art galleries. Originals Our extensive stock of original paintings combines the work of approximately 30 artists. Some of these are exclusive to Whitby Galleries. This means we can offer a unique range of styles and subjects painted in a variety of mediums and all at affordable prices.

Prints Our range of prints and limited editions includes an ever-increasing number of our own publications. Again, therefore, our range is quite unique. 134-135 Church Street, Whitby, N. Yorks., YO22 4DE Tel/Fax: (01947) 821310 e.mail: website:

Attractions Museums and Galleries



Attractions Places to Visit

Botton Village (Camphill Village Trust) Deep in the heart of the beautiful North York Moors National Park, Botton Village is home to over 110 adults with special needs, all of us living together in shared households as extended families. We lead full and fulfilling lives, with everyone contributing the best of his or her skills to the work of the community as a whole.

Genuine care and concern for each other makes for a unique atmosphere that always inspires - and prompts visitors to ask us many questions.

Attractions Places to Visit



Attractions Places to Visit

Whitby Abbey You cannot fail to register the visual impact the Abbey has on the town. Exploration of the surrounding area continues to reveal more of the history of the Abbey. A very important early religious site, the “fixing” of the date of Easter was decided here in 664. This English Heritage site is a must. St Mary’s Church Climb the 199 steps or use the Donkey Road to reach the graveyard, with its outstanding views of the coastline. Pause for breath by Caedmon’s cross, a 19th century memorial at the top of the Stairs and dedicated to Caedmon, the earliest known English poet. The Parish Church of St. Mary, surrounded by tombstones, has been altered many times during its 900 year history. However, the Georgian era box pews and triple decker pulpit remain almost intact giving a fascinating insight into the social; structure of the time. A most unusual church interior by any standards.

Attractions Places to Visit



Attractions Spirit of the 40s

Whitby Spirit of the 40s Weekend April 15th, 16th & 17th 2011 at The Pavilion, Whitby, North Yorkshire This year sees this well established event being brought to you by Dark Daisy Promotions, who have taken over the reins from Whitby & District Tourism Association. This wonderful event in the picturesque fishing town of Whitby, North Yorkshire sees the whole town involved in recreating the exciting and community driven “Spirit of the 40s”. Shop window displays, dances, traders in ‘The Bunker’, period cars and fashion combined with a 40s cinema experience will provide you with a weekend to remember.

Why not take a ride through town on the Steam bus or promenade in your 40s finery? Enjoy 40s inspired food and drink in The Pavilion or visit Whitby’s famous Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash shop. For further details contact 07970 800 776, see or email

Attractions Things to Do


Events 2011

29 March 2-10 5

Eskdale Festival of the Arts PC Esk Valley Theatre, Auction of Promises. 8pm Robinson Institute Glaisdale Dalesmen Singers St Hilda’s Church Boyes Gala Concert Winners Concert PC Whitby Goth Weekend (WGW) PC Whitby Goth Weekend Charity Football Match, 2pm Turnbull Ground

5 12 13 25-27 27

April 1-3 2-17 9 15-17 23-26 29-8 May 30

Whitby Goth Weekend (Dark Daisy) Whitby Spring Sea Fishing festival Choirs Day Spirit of the 40’s Weekend Easter Play WADS 175th Anniversary Whitby-Pickering Line Alan Price in Concert

PC Harbour PC See page 27 PT NYMR PC

May 1-2 1-8 6-8 12-14 13-15 27-29 28-31

Mind, Body & Spirit Fair PC 175th Anniversary Whitby-Pickering Line NYMR Line Dancing Weekend PC Grand Night for Singing PT Whitby Gospel Music Convention PC Moor & Coast Festival Whitby Rugby Club Bank Holiday Play PT

June 1 3-5 10-12 11-12 18-10 July

Planting of Penny Hedge, opp. The Middle Earth Whitby 60’s Music Festival Robin Hood’s Bay Folk Festival Sixties Weekend Whitby Summer Fishing Festival

See Map PC RHB NYMR Harbour

July 1-10 1-3 9-10 10

Whitby Summer Fishing Festival Northern Soul Weekend Vintage Vehicle Weekend Blessing of the Boats

Esk Valley Railway - Special Trains Theme Music & Ale runs every Friday during the summer from 8 July to 2 September Whitby Regatta 13-15 August Transylvania Express 28 October

PC NYMR Pickering Harbour side

PC = Pavilion Complex PT = Pavilion Theatre See Map

For current events, shows, tides etc. consult the Friday Whitby Gazette Tourist Information Centre: 01723 383 636 Whitby Pavilion Box Office: 01947 604 855

Events 2011


August 1 3 5-27 7-8 8 12-14 13-15 15-27 20-26

Yorkshire Day Dock End Littlebeck Garden Fete-Rose Queen Esk Valley Theatre, “Dangerous Obsession” Glaisdale Whitby Lifeboat Weekend Harbour (TBC) Blessing of the Boats Harbour Staithes & Runswick Lifeboat Weekend Whitby Regatta Harbour North York Moors Chamber Music Sneaton Castle Whitby Folk Week Various Venues

Rural Shows 2 Aug 5 Aug 10 Aug 20 Aug 24 Aug 29 Aug 3 Sep 4 Sep 4 Sep 10 Sep

Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Show Hinderwell Agricultural Show Danby Agricultural Show Rosedale Agricultural Show Egton Horse and Agricultural Show Farndale Show Kildale Show Lealholm Show & Sports Rotary Town and Country Fair (Cross Butts Farm) Castleton Show

September 10-25 16-18 17-18 23-25 30-2 Oct

Whitby Late Summer Fishing Festival Heritage Diesel Gala Country Music Weekend Whitby 60’s Weekend Autumn Steam Gala


October 1-2 2 14-16 23 28-31 28-31

Autumn Steam Gala Rotary Octoberfest X Country The Railway at War Capt Cook Commemorative Service Bram Stoker International Film Festival Whitby Goth Weekend (Dark Daisy)

NYMR Caedmon School NYMR St Mary’s Church PC PC

November 4-6 25-26

Whitby Goth Weekend (WGW) Junior Showbusiness


December 2-4 3-20 7-1 Jan 19 31

4 Sep

(TBC) Robin Hood’s Bay Victorian Weekend RHB Santa Steam Specials NYMR Exhibition of Christmas trees St Mary’s Church Rotary Endeavour “Carols with Brass” Market Place New Year’s Eve Party Night PC

Rotary Town and Country Fair (Cross Butts Farm)

The above may be subject to change. It is advisable to confirm event dates with the organisers. Thanks to Whitby Tourist Information and Whitby Advertiser.


Attractions Things to Do

Henry Freeman - sole survivor Saturday, 9th February 1861 was one of Whitby’s darkest days. Ferocious storms blew a fleet of sailing ships onto the coast. Five times during the day Whitby’s rowing lifeboat was launched. Five times crew of the stricken vessels were saved. A sixth call was to end in disaster. When attempting to save the crew of the schooner “Merchant” the lifeboat capsized. Hundreds of Whitby folk including wives and children of the lifeboat men - watched in horror and disbelief as one by one the crew perished a mere 50 yards from the pier. Only one of the 13 lifeboat men survived - Henry Freeman. He was the only lifeboat man wearing that new fangled contraption, a newly designed cork waistcoat, later to be called a lifejacket. Less than six hours after the tragedy, another ship ran aground near the West Pier. As the old East side lifeboat was lowered into the water, 13 Whitby men stepped forward to row out to the rescue. Their bravery saved every man on the distressed ship, except for one. Over the intervening 150 years many other rescues have been undertaken. To all Lifeboat men, past and present we salute you. Visit the Life Boat Museum, see map.

Dinosaur Coast The rocks of the Yorkshire Coast are famous for their fossils. The line of lofty cliffs stretching to the North-West from Whitby to Boulby Cliff and South Eastward to Robin Hood’s Bay and from there to Ravenscar exhibit practically the whole series of Lias rocks (except Planorbis and Angulatus). The abandoned alum and jet works along the coast have left bare strata and fossils not otherwise seen. Many gigantic Suarian specimens can be seen in the Whitby Museum which has a giant Ichthyosaurus built into the walls. One of the Museum’s most treasured fossils is a three metre-long marine crocodile, Teleosaurus chapmani, found in 1824 in the cliff outside the harbour mouth. The extinct shellfish Ammonites are particularly abundant. These coiled shells imprinted in rock have always been treasured for their strange beauty and Whitby has incorporated the hildoceras, from the Lower Jurassic period, into her heraldic coat of arms.

Attractions Things to Do

A superb Leisure Centre situated in the heart of the historic town of Whitby OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Our Facilities Include: • 25m Main pool • 12.5m Learner Pool • Fully Equipped Fitness Suite - Air conditioned • Sports Hall (suitable for badminton, 5-a-side football etc) • Aerobics including Body Pump, Spinning, Body Combat, Body Balance, Boxercise & Zumba • Sunbeds • Tennis Court We also have a programme of Children’s Activities and a great choice of Birthday Parties

No Membership Required



Attractions Things to Do

The Dalesmen Singers celebrate 40 years of Song Founded in February 1971 by Colin Throup (a former “Black and White Minstrel) a group of 16 stout-hearted men held a gathering in the “Duke of Wellington” in the village of Danby. The result: The Dalesmen Singers was born.

There are about 40 regulars attending practises in the Danby Methodist Chapel on Tuesday evenings under the current Musical Director Stephen Maltby, accompanied by Ann Hartley. The four part Male voice choir perform regularly in theatres, churches and venues which will accommodate their number, for any charity. They hold an annual Gala night in October, at Danby Methodist Chapel and the 2010 concert raised £1,200 for the McMillan Cancer Unit at Scarborough Hospital. With a repertoire of some 230 pieces of music to choose from, some sacred and some secular, they are in great demand for concerts both at home and abroad. The choir have travelled extensively over the years with concert tours in Norway, Canada, Spain, France, Holland and Sweden. In the early days three cassette recording were made. These have now been superseded by DVDs. For more details about the choir and how to obtain their recordings visit their website at:

Rotary Town and Country Fair Behind the Stables Restaurant (Cross Butts Farm) on the A171 with free admission and car parking from 10.00am. Trade stands, musicians and artists complement the Main Arena which offers: • Sheep shearing, show jumping, Shire horses, Shetland ponies, terrier racing and gun dog scurry • 'Have a go events' include clay pigeon shooting, archery and quoits • Pedigree and novelty dog shows, fairground and refreshment tent (see page 30)

Attractions Things to Do

Whitby Walks


Join Haunting Harry on a Heritage Town Trail, a Ghost Walk or a tour 'In Search of Dracula'

Tel: 01947 821734 Email:


Local Area North Yorkshire Moors Railway

175 Years and still Steaming Ahead If you're spending several days in Whitby then a steam train ride from the station through the stunning North York Moors to Grosmont, Goathland, Levisham or Pickering might be just the ticket. You'll be travelling on the Whitby-Pickering line, one of Britain's oldest railways, which this year is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Steam trains are operated by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which has grown to become the world's most popular heritage steam railway run by a mix of paid staff and volunteers. With departures at 11am and 2pm most days between March and October, it's a great way to get around. You can buy tickets from the booking office at Whitby Station. There's tickets for families with two adults and up to four children. There are also tickets for adults, children and seniors. Push chairs, bicycles and dogs are welcome too for a small supplementary charge. There's plenty of things to see and do. At Grosmont you can enjoy the cosy tea room or visit the Engine Sheds where the steam locomotives are prepared each day and where they undergo repairs and restoration. At Goathland you can take a stroll round the village, made famous as Aidensfield in ITV's "Heartbeat" or take the rail trail which is a walk back to Grosmont Station. At Levisham you can visit the studio of the Railway's Artist in Residence, Christopher Ware, and at Pickering make the most of this market town with its charming shops, nearby Beck Isle Museum and Pickering Castle. With iconic engines, period carriages and charming stations, it's something not to be missed.

Local Area North Yorkshire Moors Railway



Local Area The Esk Valley Line

The Esk Valley Railway train offers stunning views along its 36 mile run between Whitby and Middlesbrough, following the river Esk through the North York Moors National Park calling at picturesque villages. At Grosmont it links with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam trains for Goathland and Pickering. During the season, there are through trains from Pickering to Whitby. Hikers wishing to investigate the villages and surrounding countryside can climb from Great Ayton or Kildale stations up to Roseberry Topping or Captain James Cook’s Monument to enjoy spectacular views. The Esk Valley Walk follows the railway along the valley between Castleton and Whitby - walk as far as you like and catch the train for the rest of the journey. For information contact the Moors Centre at Danby (01439 772 737), where the train links with the MoorsBus network (01845 597 000) or visit Enjoy Whitby and discover the local countryside by train. You can sample local food and Whitby fish in the Esk Valley, perhaps enjoying the famous kippers which are still traditionally smoked in Whitby. Most Esk Valley villages have a station and boast country cafÊs and wonderful rural pubs. Egton is famous for its Gooseberry Fair. The historic Whitby railway station is in town, close to Endeavour Wharf, within sight of the renowned Abbey and just a short walk from the pier and the sandy beach stretching 2 miles to Sandsend. For more detailed information visit Esk Valley Railway Development Company's dedicated website:

Local Area The Esk Valley Line


Special Events and Information Details of Music Trains and Steam Trains serving Whitby, special events, train timetables and other information can be obtained at Whitby Railway Station or on


Pleasure Boats Rowing boats and canoes Established 1874


Local Area North York Moors National Park

Just a stone’s throw from Whitby is the North York Moors National Park - home to the largest expanse of heather moorland in England. An enchanting place at any time of year, in late summer the heather flushes purple creating a truly magnificent sight. Secluded valleys with pretty villages cut through the high moorland and swathes of ancient and coniferous woodland pepper the valley sides and bottoms. Along the Heritage coastline of the National Park there are sheltered bays, picturepostcard fishing villages and high cliffs with breathtaking views.

Discovery Photography

This beautiful place is a haven for all sorts of wildlife in particular birds such as curlew, lapwing, golden plover and merlin which nest in the heather moorland. Heritage is in abundance too with atmospheric ruined abbeys, Bronze Age burial mounds and an intriguing collection of old stone crosses and waymarkers.

The villages and hamlets of the Esk Valley are worth a visit - try Beck Hole for its much-photographed tiny inn and the nearby Thomason Foss waterfall, Lealholm for perfect picnic spots by the river and Egton Bridge for its stepping stones and St Hedda’s Church with a striking interior roof and elaborate altar. For a great family day out, head to The Moors National Park Centre on the outskirts of Danby. For kids there are hands on interactives, an outdoor play area and indoor climbing wall, a small wooded area with bird hide and a lively events programme. There’s also an exhibition with lots of fascinating information about the people, places and wildlife of the North York Moors, a gift shop, tea room and a beautiful gallery with exhibitions of work by accomplished artists and craftworkers. You can catch a special heritage bus from Whitby to The Moors National Park Centre on Sundays during the school summer holidays. This is great walking country and with a comprehensive

Local Area North York Moors National Park


network of public rights of way you’ll be spoilt for choice whether you’re looking for a short stroll or an all day Real dairy ice cream made adventure. It’s also a great on the farm in a variety of flavours. Fresh ground coffee, place for cycling be it on or off light snacks, road. There are lots of places home made baking. to hire bikes if you don’t have Childrens one with you - ask at the play area & bouncy castle Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Whitby for more details. While you’re there, check out the stunning audio visual of the North York Moors to give you some inspiration for your visit. A jam-packed events programme for all ages runs throughout the year with some great kid’s activities, guided walks, canoeing, archery and much more. Go to events for more information or pick up a copy of the North York Moors Out and About Guide from Whitby TIC. There is an excellent network of bus and rail services across the North York Moors National Park. The National Park’s very own bus service, Moorsbus, operates on Sundays from April to October with a more frequent service in the summer months. The friendly Esk Valley Railway wends a scenic journey from Whitby to Middlesbrough stopping off at many of the moorland villages along the way and you can also catch the romantic North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Whitby to journey through the heart of the National Park. For information and timetables ask at Whitby TIC or for Moorsbus you can also call 01845 597000 or go to To find out more about the North York Moors National Park, go to Mike Kipling


Local Area North York Moors National Park

Local Area Outdoor Activities


Walking and Cycling

Mike Kipling

Criss-crossed by monks trods, ancient pannier tracks and waymarked footpaths walking in Moors and Coast is a joy. Three national walking trails conjoin: the 90 mile Cleveland Way, The Coast to Coast and the Lyke Wake Walk, a reminder of the dark days of the smugglers. A new route is the perambulation of the boundaries of Whitby Abbey, a challenging 60 mile circle, but which is easily broken down into smaller segments for easy day walks. The old railway line running from Whitby to Scarborough and now renamed “The Cinder Track� is part of the National Cycle Network and forms part of the international round Britain cycle route. Mountain bikers are catered for with numerous forest trails, details are available from Tourist information centres. A more challenging route is the 80 mile triangular trail through varied and dramatic terrain embracing sections of the National Park and the urban areas of Whitby, Scarborough and Pickering. Further details can be found on

Mike Kipling


Local Area Heritage Coastal Villages

Robin Hood’s Bay The village is an attractive conglomeration of red-roofed cottages which huddle around the slipway at the foot of a steep ravine. Once the home of fisherfolk, smugglers (and Robin Hood?) Low tide reveals the geology of the great curved scaurs. The bay is a well known location for fossil hunting and the study of marine life.

Boggle Hole is easily reached along the cliff path, marked by signs bearing the silver acorn of the Cleveland Way National Trail, or at low tide along the shore. The old watermill at Boggle Hole is now a Youth Hostel reached by crossing the footbridge over the stream. But beware of the Hobs who have guarded the bridge since Viking times! St Stephen’s Old Church, Robin Hood’s Bay Situated 1 mile above Robin Hood’s Bay on the Whitby Road YO22 4PE, Old St Stephen’s was “Forgotten” by the Victorians and remains as it was built in 1822 with a west gallery, 3 decker pulpit and box pews. There are about 900 graves around it dating back almost 200 years, providing a real insight into the lives of this community. Opening times by the Friends of the church are from June to October approximately 11am-4pm. Park near the bus stop.

Ravenscar A tiny community perched on the great headland south of Robin Hood’s Bay. The Raven Hall Hotel has cliff top gardens with magnificent views. Excavations revealed a Roman signal station. There was an abortive attempt early in the 19th Century to create a new resort and the planned roads can still be traced. Visit the National Trust Centre for local walks to the ancient Peak Alum works and Blea Wyke. The Ingrid Flute centre has changing exhibitions throughout the year.

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Sandsend A delightful picture postcard village, a very walkable 2 miles (depending upon the tides of course) along Whitby's sandy beach. Two becks run into the sea and form Sandsend's main feature, each one having its own distinct character. Pubs and cafĂŠs dot the sea front. There are very pretty walks, a ruined castle in nearby Mulgrave Woods and the facinating old alum works above the old railway station. The beach, with the beck running down to the sea makes this a family beach holiday must; the children love it.

For the best in Fine Art & Ceramics visit the gallery at the end of the beach Open Daily (except Weds) 11am - 5pm Times vary out of season, please ‘phone to confirm

Telephone: 01947 893289

Runswick Bay A tiny coastal village and a wonderful place to visit. A picturesque huddle of cottages under a high cliff, colourful fishing cobles and a lovely sweep of sandy beach makes this a charming location for a family day out. Once a favourite location for the 19th Century Staithes Group of painters, it still offers both artist and photographer a wealth of subjects.


Local Area Heritage Coastal Villages

Staithes Ten miles north of Whitby, on the road near the highest point on the English coast, the village seems disappointing, but leave the car, as you must, and walk down the steep hill to old “Steers”. It hides between two bulky headlands, home to generations of fisherfolk whose small fleet of cobles still bob below in the harbour. Precipitous cobbled lanes tumble down between the houses with names such as Gunn Gutter, Slip Top and Dog Loup - the latter, 18 inches / 50cm wide, is the narrowest street in the North of England. The young James Cook was apprenticed here to grocer and draper Mr. Sanderson before moving to Whitby and a life on the ocean waves. The old shop was washed away in the great storm of 1745. The Cod and Lobster Inn has been rebuilt several times, victim of the storms. John Paul Jones, the American admiral, landed here on a foraging raid in 1779. Many press ganged “Steersmen” were killed at Trafalgar.

Local Area Captain Cook Tour


Having visited the splendid Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Grape Lane and desirous of finding out more about the early life of Yorkshire’s Man of the Millennium why not head for Middlesbrough. Twenty eight miles north of Whitby, where in Stewart Park is the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum (01642 311211). Behind the Museum is a granite urn marking the site of Cook’s Birthplace Cottage. Young James was baptised in the parish church of Marton, St Cuthbert’s which lies across the road from the park and has some lovely stained glass windows of one of the world’s greatest navigators. Great Ayton’s Captain Cook’s Schoolroom Museum (01642 724 296) situated in the High Street, records the early years of James as a pupil. The sculpture of James as a boy, on the village green presents a photo opportunity. At the other end of the high street, peep into the old parish church of All Saints where Cook’s mother and sisters are buried. Look to the hills and high on Easby Moor, a short walk from Gribdale Gate is the well known landmark - Captain Cook’s Monument. The site provides panoramic views along the curve of the Cleveland Hills, across to Roseberry Topping and towards the sea. Crossing the moor to the eastern seaboard, at the tiny hamlet of Staithes, visit the Heritage Centre (01642 473 566) on the main street down to the harbour. A delightful gem of history, heritage and characters whose roots are in Cleveland County, as was. Ten miles south you enter Whitby via Lythe Bank with outstanding views of the Whitby Strand. Situated in Pannett Park the Whitby Museum (01947 602908) invites you to discover the treasures of the old seaport including Cook memorabilia in a special maritime wing.

Captain Cook Commemorative Service


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Robertsons Award Winning Licensed Fish Restaurant & Take Away • Group Bookings • All major credit cards taken • Open every day from 11.30am 6-7 Bridge Street, Whitby YO22 4BG

Telephone: 01947 821576


Saxonville Hotel Ladysmith Avenue, Whitby Open to Non-Residents every evening Table d’hôte and a là carte meals available

Telephone: 01947 602631

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4-6 Pier Road Whitby YO21 3PU

Tel: 01947 605 284 Fax: 01947 825 646

Tastefully restored inn occupying prime location on Pier Road overlooking the harbour and Whitby’s historic Abbey. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of delicious home made food and drink in comfortable and relaxed surroundings, including an outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour.

2 St. Ann’s Staith, Whitby, N. Yorks. YO21 3PW Telephone: 01947 820053 Email: Café

10.00 - 21.30 April - October 10.00 - 16.00 November - March

Restaurant/Bar 12.00 - 15.00 April - October 18.00 - 21.30 April - October Friendly atmosphere with splendid views of the harbour, east cliff and out to sea. Good value quality home-cooked meals including Carvery, Vegetarian Choice, Children's Menu, Fresh fish fried in vegetable oil. Parties up to 50 catered for by prior arrangement. Contact: Mr. M.S. Derdabi A.I.H. chef/proprietor since 1988.

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Ye Horseshoe Inn

Egton, Nr. Whitby Telephone: 01947 895274 Email: Sole Proprietor Andrew D. M. Hall BSc Licensed Retail Management

Take the A171 Guisborough road from Whitby. After 4 miles turn left for Egton. 2 miles to the village. The shop and garage are next door to Ye Horseshoe Inn, a traditional country inn, in an historic village granted a royal licence to hold an annual Fayre by King Henry III in 1269, continuing with the annual Egton Show held in August each year.

Children welcome - with parents. Dogs welcome - with owners

BAR MEALS SNACKS 12.00-2.00pm 6.00-9.30pm Served 7 days a week

RESTAURANT Extensive a la carte menu, daily specials, children's menu, senior citizens menu, wide choice of vegetarian dishes, many home made meals and desserts, served every lunchtime and evening

CARVERY Sunday lunch carvery, children's portions, senior citizens two course special, served from 12.00-2.30pm

FREE HOUSE BAR OPEN 7 days a week 11:00-2:30pm 6:00-Midnight

6 CASK ALES We specialise in Yorkshire real ales. wide selection of wine by the glass, extensive choice of malt whisky, selection of children's soft drinks




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MULTI NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS including FISH & CHIP RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2011. Runner-up. ENJOY WHITBY’S FINEST - TOP QUALITY FISH AND CHIPS Air Conditioned Licensed Family Friendly Full Facilities for the Disabled

7 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3PU

Tel: 01947 602059

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Tea and cakes at Skinner St.


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