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Weekend in Whitby

Last weekend was my youngest daughter's birthday and she decided that we would spend it at Whitby. Her sister booked a cottage for the weekend and off we went. The weekend weather forecast was fair - cloudy but dry.

Base camp for the weekend. I was in the attic.

The cottage was in Church Street, the old part of the town. It is usually very busy as it leads to the 199 steps that go up the cliff to the abbey.

Early morning it is very quiet.

It is a bit of a challenge for the binmen. He isn't coming down, he is reversing up as there is no way to turn round at the top. He also has an S-bend to negotiate! Rather him than me.

Henrietta Street, which carries on from Church Street.

The botoom of the 199 steps . . .

. . . and the top of the 199 steps.

The day we went up the abbey was closed so I had to make do with this one picture taken over the wall. When I say 'went up' I mean by car. Any walking uphill I leave to Mr Allington.

Back to Church Lane, where there are some nice shops. Not sure what this is but my two daughters spent a long time in it! Did you spot the photographer?

An old-fashioned sweetie shop . . .

. . . and a photographer's studio where you can get dressed up in Victorian clothes and kid you are Judy Dench.

There are also plenty of pubs. Two next door to each other here.

One thing that Whitby is not short of is seagulls. You don't need an alarm clock. Around 5 am all hell breaks loose.

This one appears to be a foot shorter than the other gulls!

Is it me, or do you think this is an evil-looking gull? This was in the car park where I left the car and when I went back a couple of days later it had turned from red into red with large white spots all over it. Cost me a fiver when I got home to run it through the car wash.

I think that this is one of those ideas that come up about closing time in the pub. Someone said that it would be a good idea to stick a model owl on the chimney pot to frighten off the seagulls. Don't look like it. In fact this seagull appears to think that it is being protected by it. Back to the drawing board!

For those of you who don't know the town we'll go for a walk. The town is cut in two by the River Esk running through the harbour. It is crossed by the swing bridge, which has been opening and closing more than a century.

Over the bridge and down the street towards the pier. On the left is the Magpie Cafe. According to at least one TV chef this place serves the best fish and chips in the country. I wouldn't know as I have never had any from there.

St Mary's Church. It has one of the largest churchyards in the country and is where Bram Stoker had Count Dracula doing all sorts of nasty things in his novel. There are two Goth weekeneds in Whitby every year.I don't know what goes on at these events but it appears that some of them used to drape themselves over the graves to have photographs taken.

Notices are now up at the entrance to the churchyard requesting that no photographs are taken due to these actions causing offence to relatives of the people buried there and this has caused the vicar to be sent hate mail. It is not known whether it is Goths or photographers doing that.

The beach from the pier . . .

. . . and the North Sea. You don't often see it this calm.

The pier.

The abbey and church on the cliff.

You can get up to the abbey by road and from the churchyard you can get some great photo opportunities. it's a pity about the haze. The harbour with the River Esk running into it.

The town.

West Cliff. The statue is Captain Cook, who started his seafaring life in Whitby. His boat, Endeavour, was built in Whitby. It was a collier built originally to take coal to London. To the left of the statue is the whale bone arch commemorating of Whitby's whaling past.

Whitby still has a fishing fleet.

A couple here look as thought they are going through a hard time.

These two look more prosperous.

Shipbuiding is still hanging on. This is the last yard still in operation.

There's more yachts than fishing boats these days.

The end of two beautiful days. The weather had been much better than forecast and Leeds United had just walloped Middlesbrough. A glorious weekend.

On the way home we made a short detour to the little village of Runswick Bay, once a fishing village now used for weekenders and holiday lets.

You need to be friendly with your neighbours here as you live very close to them.

It might look like the Mediterranean but it's North Yorkshire in March. Who would believe it?
Well, that's it. The end of a smashing weekend. I hope you enjoyed the trip - we did.

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 10:52
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What a splendid travelogue you have produced here, John.  Brings memories of a brief visit we made some years ago.  Great stuff, many thanks.

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 11:12
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Splendid blog of a place I've never visited John,I think I will have to make an effort to go,after seeing this Smile

 

 

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 11:15
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Nice one John!! Having lived in Scarborough for over 20 years before moving to York I know every place you've photographed, and I can vouch for the fact that the Magpie Cafe does indeed sell the best fish and chips in the country. You must've been early taking that photo becuase usually the queue is down those steps and along the road!!

Lovely sunny weather and it's made Whitby look the lovely place it is. I love the late evening one with the boats, very calming and beautiful.

Thanks for putting this together and sharing with us and bringing back some lovely memories of the place. I must make the effort this year and catch the coastliner to make a visit myself.

Viv

 

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 11:25
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Hi John,

thanks for this blog. 100% the type of place i do like to visit Smile

 

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 12:22
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Wonderful blog!| Brought back some happy memories, as we visited here, on vacation a few years ago. I believe the abbey was closed, as well, when we were there. Starting to make plans for our next UK vacation...

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 12:27
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I appreciate all the time and trouble you went to producing this great blogers blog must have taken quite some time but it was worth it from me a thank you for a dam good effort. What an interesting place never been but feel almost as if I have now, a big like from me, regards Leon.

That Gull looks really evil lol.

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 13:22
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wonderful blog and photos of a lovely place, we've visited Whitby a few times and yes the fish and chips are excellent. thanks for posting.

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 13:47
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Now we are getting into serious debate country making such a bold statement as 'the best fish n chips in the country'  Smile

Super blog John & love the colours you've captured, but the chippy bank in ulverston will take some beating Wink

Ian

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 14:26
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Thanks for the blog John. Whitby is on my must visit list. I've only seen it from the bus as we passed last year. You had better weather as well, just realised it was the same weeekend.

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 14:51
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Nice blog John. Haven't been to Whitby for a while.

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 14:56
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A superb blog with some smashing pictures John.That gull really looked mean.

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 16:18
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nice blog, good to to see what whitby is like. i like the narrow cobbled streets.

thanks for sharing 

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 16:29
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Very nice. I've been to Whitby many times and I recognise every picture.

Well done

Ian

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 17:12
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must have taken some time to do but well worth it

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 21:58
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Lovely blog...here in london we suffer from pigeons...some suggested the same but with a hawk model...the urban pigeons think just like the seagulls...Thanks for sharing..lookslike your daughter had a great birthday..can't beat family! 

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 22:12
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Great blog.  You have captured Whitby in all its guises, as a tourist Mecca, marina and a fishing port. It's years since I have been there but this blog is the next best thing.

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Date Sat, 17/03/2012 - 22:49
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Nice blog as usual John. I had the Fish & Chips there and have to say I've had better.

Great place to visit though.

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 08:08
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What a pleasant place! Love it. Thanks for sharing Smile

  

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 09:12
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Its great to see these wonderful photos of Whitby John. I have not been there for many yrs and I still recognise some of the scenes.

Very interesting with wonderful clear photos. Shows what a great 2 dys you had there Thank you for comiling this I have really enjoyed it. Pam

 

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 10:39
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Hi John you have done a excellant blog here with stunning colorful photos never been there but its on my list now that gull sure looks evil don't want to mess with him many thanks for your comments on my blog Martin

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 11:22
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Wonderful blog..I am definitely going to go back with my Fuji instead of a basic digital point & shoot.  Went last October, naively not realising that it was "Goth" week,  but got some unexpected unusual shots.  If you visit at this time, this is a taster of what to expect... no-one refused to let me photograph them.  Thanks again John...glad you had good weather.

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 15:01
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 Excellent photoblog John. Fabulous interesting colourful compositions. Such a charming picturesque place to visit and you had good weather too especially for photography. Thank you for compiling and sharing. Whitby definately on my wish list to visit  Smile

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 16:10
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Really enjoyed your blog John....did you walk up and down the 99 steps......thank you for sharing Smile

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 17:54
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A great tour of Whitby. Long time since we had a visit there. Nice to see the sights again. thanks for comments on my blogs.

Ray

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 20:54
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Terrific blog John, I really enjoyed looking at this. The photos are all so vibrant and colourfull I almost feel as if I've been there. I'm glad you had such good weather, and I hope your daughter had a great birthday, thanks for sharing,

 

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Date Sun, 18/03/2012 - 20:55
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Brilliant blog John, and the photo's were terrific, really enjoyed that breath of sea air, fancy banishing you to the attic ;-) 

 

 

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Date Fri, 23/03/2012 - 13:02
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Hi John what a super photoblog of Whitby I thoughly enjoyed it many thanks for sharing best wishes BoB. P/S Many thanks for your kind comments on my WWT Llanelli Blog.

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Date Mon, 09/04/2012 - 15:50
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 Great place, super landscapes.I am impressed with light.

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Date Thu, 29/03/2012 - 00:04
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Brilliant Blog, John.  Visited Whitby a couple of years ago with my sister, in October would you believe, and the weather was beautiful, blue sky and warm sunshine.  Your blog brought back some lovely memories, so thank you for sharing your visit. 

Alice

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Date Mon, 02/04/2012 - 06:18
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Great blog, lovely shots and great narrative, thanks for sharing.

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