Day 40 Fish and Chips in Whitby

Friday 15 May 2015

Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby
7.5 miles
Bank House Cottage, Robin Hood’s Bay

An easy day today as I could leave behind my tent, cooking stuff and spare clothes and head to Whitby with a lighter rucksack. No poles required and the walking felt so easy, which is a good job because the start is a walk up the 30% gradient hill out of Robin Hood’s Bay. The tide was out so I got a good view of the ‘scaurs’ left by the erosion of ancient sandstone formations.  

Looking back on Robin Hood’s Bay with the ‘scaurs’ exposed at low tide
Another chance to enjoy the back drop of the North Yorkshire Moors as I walked over the cliff tops to Whitby.   

Fancy staying here? This old lighthouse is now a holiday cottage
 It’s easy to see where Whitby is because the old Abbey ruins stand proud on the cliff top and the harbour sea defence also juts out from behind the cliffs.  

Approaching Whitby, the ruined Abbey on the cliff
 But first there’s Selwick’s Bay, a lovely stretch of beach framed by the Black Nab To the South and Saltwick Nab to the North.  

Selwick’s Bay, including Black Nab and Saltwick Nab
Black Nab looking a bit like a submarine…or is it a shark?
I reached Whitby in time to meet my friend, Sally, and head to Pier Road to try out some of Whitby’s famous fish and chips. There are so many fish and chip shops to choose from and we plumped for a takeaway from Magpies to eat sat on the harbour wall. Good choice.  

Delicious fish and chips in Whitby (no I’m not wearing socks)
An afternoon wandering round the town followed. It’s quite a touristy town but it has a nice feel to it. Famous for Whitby jet (I bought a small necklace as a reminder), being the home of Captain Cook, and as the place where Bram Stoker dreamt up Dracula (plenty of ghost tours and goth shops about), it was also once an important fishing port.  

 Back to Robin Hood’s Bay (in a car this time) for a weekend off to enjoy this area. So much to see and do around here. Best to start the weekend with a 99p ’99’ ice cream I think.  

The view from Bank House Cottage

7 thoughts on “Day 40 Fish and Chips in Whitby

  1. jstumm May 16, 2015 / 7:22 am

    Oh no, more talk of fish and chips, pure torture! Looks like you are having a good time though. I think black nab is a whale, i can see it’s tail about to come out of the water! Great coastal features – a good use of GCSE Geography here.


    • Lucy May 16, 2015 / 7:28 am

      You could do loads on the geology here. From amphibious dinosaurs at Reighton Sands to fault lines at Ravenscar


  2. Val K May 16, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Magpies was I think the best choice. We too got a
    take away as the queue to sit down was enormous. We loved Robin Hood Bay apart from the
    very steep hill to get down to the village and for me the horrible climb up again to get back to
    the car. We reckoned all the inhabitants must be very fit. Val x


  3. Chris Frazer May 16, 2015 / 4:45 pm

    Get those carbs into you young lady…..BTW like the tan lines!!! Have a fab weekend my dear friend…..very envious


  4. Jean Kite May 17, 2015 / 9:33 am

    Have been following you avidly Lucy, amazing photos and comments. I think you should write a guide book after you finish the walk, providing you have any energy left! You could be the new ‘Wainwright’ and I put myself forward to be your manager! Keep it up, you are doing amazingly well.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Lucy May 18, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Hi Jean. Wainwright came up a lot in Robin Hood’s Bay as it’s the end of the coast-to-coast walk. Not sure about a book!


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