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Two boat trips later it was finally about time to explore Whitby – this lovely fishing town. Everyone had warned me that “Whitby is gonna be busy” – and so it was, very busy! Especially after a week in Haworth and my days on the beach of Saltburn.

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And no wonder it was busy, Whitby is such a charming little town along the River Esk, the harbour and the dramatic coastline. Lots of beautiful shops, cafés and things to do here! I had planned to take a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway but then spend all the time on the beach – at least there is something new to do next time!

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I started my walk around Whitby on the West Cliffs, the more “modern” side vis a vis the old town with the Abbey on the East cliffs- I had wanted to do the 199 steps up to the Abbey at the end.

The fishing port emerged during the Middle Ages, supporting important herring and whaling fleets, and was where Captain Cook learned seamanship. Tourism started in Whitby during the Georgian period and developed with the arrival of the railway in 1839. (Wikipedia)

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When passing by the Sherlock café I just had to stop, enjoy the lovely inside and have some lunch! It´s a great place for a bit of rest and it almost feels like sitting Sherlock’s office!

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When Whitby became a spa resort during Georgian times many hotels and lodging houses were built on the West Cliffs – and you still find a lot of them today! The view of the city is stunning!

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The whalebone arch remembers Whitby’s whaling industry and is right next to the statue of Captain Cook who learned about building ships in Whitby.

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After enjoying the view of Whitby I made my way back down towards the harbour and on to the East Cliffs.

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Arriving in the old town I realized it was even busier than the West Cliffs and after walking around a bit I decided to do the 199 steps up to the Abbey another time and hop on the next bus to Robins Bay, a lovely little fishing village nearby Whitby.

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After a long day at the beach in Saltburn and photographing a bride & groom at Danby Castle I was ready for a little trip down to Whitby.

I boarded the bus in Saltburn in direction of Scarborough and already this through the stunning North Yorkshire moors was an amazing experience!

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I had planned to visit Whitby Abbey but on the way through the harbour, I saw several boat trips and just had to take two – one through the harbour and then another one on the old Lifeboat along the coast. I do recommend both!

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Whitby is a fishing town on the coast of North Yorkshire. The earliest known settlement was in 656 named Streanæshealh, when Oswy, the Christian king of Northumbria, founded the first abbey.

Whitby was a fishing settlement until the 18th century when it developed as a port and centre for shipbuilding and whaling. Trading the locally mined alum and the manufacture of Whitby jet jewellery.

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Fishing still seems to play an important part, fresh fish was offered everywhere. And then there where all the people along the harbour and the coast trying to catch crayfish with some kind of cord. Lots of them seemed to be very successful and had filled buckets.

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The River Esk flows due North through the centre of the town dividing it into East and West Sides, linked by the renowned ”swing-bridge”.

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Whitby isn’t only known for its crayfish and the abbey, but also for its famous explorer Captain James Cook, the very first Anglo Saxon poet Cædmon and from Bram Stocker´s “Dracula”!

“This is a lovely place. The little River Esk runs through a deep valley which broadens out as it comes near the harbour… The houses of the old town are all red-roofed and seem piled up one after the other anyhow…Right over the town is the ruin of the Abbey, a noble ruin of immense size. Between it and the town is another church, the Parish one, round which is a big graveyard, all full of tombstones. It descends so steeply over the harbour that part of the bank has fallen away, and some of the graves have been destroyed.” (“Dracula” Bram Stocker 1859)

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James Cook was born near Middlesbrough and moved later to Whitby to become a trainee with a local shipping firm. He joined the Royal Navy and two of the ships he used for his expeditions were built in Whitby. Today there is a small replica of the HMS Endeavour offering boat trips along the coast and another replica is moored in the harbour.

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The Old Lifeboat – I choose that one for my second boat trip. Luckily both trips were only 3Pounds each.

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The Old Lifeboat

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The “Mary Ann Hepworth” went on service on April 11th 1938 and served until 1974 when a new lifeboat started its duty.

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Barry Snedden, a former crewman of the old lifeboat and still working as a lifeguard along the coast of Whitby, bought her in 1988, brought her back to Whitby and restored her to her former glory.

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Barry definitely has fun doing his boat trips! And he has many stories to tell, you don´t want to miss this!

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