The Local Area
Whitby is a picturesque Yorkshire fishing town. Providing many wonderful attractions, including the famous Abbey, the Whalebone Arch, the East and West Piers, St. Mary's Church and the 199 Steps as well as a myriad of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants as well as its extensive sandy beach, Whitby is justifiably one of the top seaside destinations in the country.
Whatever the weather, you'll always find something to do in Whitby. With several boats offering short cruises down the coast or fishing trips of various lengths the harbour is always a hive of activity. Sample some fish & chips from one of the many restaurants or take-aways, and have a look around the cobbled streets of the old town and the market square.
To the south of Whitby lies the village of Robin Hood's Bay which is a fantastic location for a day out at the beach. With a myriad of winding streets and alleys in the old village, a selection of pubs, shops and galleries as well as a beach which provides both sandy expanses stretching south to Ravenscar and thousands of rock pools to explore, Robin Hood's Bay really does have something for everyone.
Moving north from Whitby you'll find a selection of coastal villages including Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay which also offer wonderful beaches and quaint villages, appearing much as they did 100 years ago.
The Cleveland Way footpath follows this stretch of coastline enabling those who are a little more adventurous to enjoy a walk along the coast providing some of the finest views in the county. Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay as approximately 7 miles and takes about 2-3 hours to complete.
The Esk Valley
There are many beautiful villages located on the banks of the River Esk, which flows 28 miles from its source in Westerdale before emerging at Whitby.
Villages such as Goathland, Egton, Danby, Lealholm and Castleton all offer a range of local amenities including comfortable and welcoming village pubs and shops, and are the perfect places from which to begin a walk into the North Yorkshire Moors.
The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway passes through the village of Grosmont on its way between Pickering and Whitby, and is a popular destination, being the hub of the steam railway system. (Goathland, famous as the Aidensfield in OTV's 'Heartbeat') is another stop on the line.)
With spectacular views, picturesque villages and a wide choice of footpaths and trails to follow and enjoy, the Esk Valley is one of Yorkshire's most beautiful areas, and certainly worth exploring whilst staying in the area.