WEEK 6 – Withernsea to Whitby, Yorkshire


72 miles
(Total 526 miles)

Two distinct parts of Yorkshire this week: the eroding Holderness coast with its lost villages and small seaside towns, and then the striking North Yorkshire Moors. In between those was Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs, which were just stunning. All the sea birds were amazing to see, especially the puffins. 

Passing through Bridlington and Scarborough it struck me that every large town I can think of that I’ve walked through, the posh end with the large houses has been to the South and the funfairs etc at the North end of town. Just an observation. 

I met lots of walkers doing the Cleveland Way around N Yorkshire and then at Robin Hood’s Bay there were people finishing the Coast-to-Coast. No one going as far as me and I did upstage all the other walkers drinking in the Bay Hotel when I was asked about my walk. A bit embarrassing. 

I enjoyed all the history of the North Yorkshire coast (and the lack of caravan parks). I was particularly struck by the old fishermen’s woolly jumpers called ‘ganseys’. They were knitted with patterns specific to the community the fisherman was from, which meant in the event of an accident (and there were many) the home of the body was identifiable. 

I hope to come back to the Yorkshire coast again; beautiful places. 

2 thoughts on “WEEK 6 – Withernsea to Whitby, Yorkshire

  1. Tracey May 21, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    Sounds like a lovely week! We’ve never been up there, but you’ve shown us some awesome landscapes to tempt us to try it out for ourselves! Thanks Lucy! By the way, I think you should write a book about the ‘characters’ you’ve met on your travels – you write so beautifully. X


    • Lucy May 21, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I definitely recommend N Yorks – there’s lots to do and it’s very beautiful. The boys would love it I’m sure. Not so sure about a book!


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