It was decided that we would revisit Whitby for our Yorkshire outing this year because we enjoyed the food and the resort the last time we were there. We also wanted to pick up another couple of ‘Lucky Ducks’!
Arriving mid-afternoon, with just enough time for a walk around before going out for our evening meal, meant that we had the whole of Saturday and Sunday. Leaving on Monday morning, we visited Falling Foss at May Beck, six miles south of Whitby for a two-mile circular walk, on the way back home.
Rather than write a full description of our break, I have compiled a short slide show of photos and a couple of short video clips I took during our stay. For completeness, I have then separately added, with appropriate comments, the individual photos, that were contained within the slide show.
A ‘Snap-shot’ of Our Trip (6′:20″)
Friday 15 October 2021
Arrival, Chippy Tea, Back to the Pub Base
Welcome to The Endeavour Pub With a Little Stick of Whitby Rock! Harbour View from the Room Window Nicely Sized TV Screen! During our walk-about, we stopped off at The Board Inn Better picture than with the ‘selfie’ camera – the windows were still dirty though! Chippy Tea at the Magpie Cafe, where James Martin ( https://www.jamesmartinchef.co.uk) took his mother for a meal and sang its praises. To be fair, seafood offerings on the menu looked amazing but we weren’t enthralled with the setting where we were seated – it was a glorified cafe after all!! We prefer Abbey Wharf as our favourite eatery in Whitby – excellent sea-food / steak, atmosphere – and plenty of elbow-room!! Damson Gin Punch and The Original Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Cup back at The Endeavour pub Looks like he’s been waiting a while! Staff seemed to be ignoring him! Saturday 16 October 2021
West Cliff Walk and back to the Endeavour pub
This was almost next door to The Endeavour which did not have its own catering but its bar tapas menu was serviced from here. Endeavour customers are allowed to bring Mr Chips takeaway meals into the bar. We had a seafood tapas platter – see later photo. We didn’t go in – was just amused by the photos on the sign and in the window! Having crossed the bridge we came across these enterprising gents – I don’t think they were locals! We’d spotted this ship from our room across the harbour and were curious to see it close up. The full-sized replica of Captain Cook’s famous ship, the HM Bark Endeavour one of only two life-size replicas in the world. The original ship HMS Endeavour was commanded by Captain James Cook for his first voyage to Australia and New Zealand in the 18th century. The Endeavour Experience is the only full-size replica of the world-renowned Captain James Cook in the Northern Hemisphere. https://www.hmbarkendeavour.co.uk/ ‘Herring Girls’ – Whitby Sculpture Trail https://www.emmastothard.com/assets/images/trail/map.jpg Guard your fish and chips around these fellas! They’re also ice cream thieves! Calm enough today. Another Bark Endeavour replica (this one 40% scale) returns to the harbour during a 25-minute trip. West Cliff and Whitby Beach Captain Cook Memorial in front of East Terrace hotels. Looking across to East Cliff, Whitby Abbey and the Church of St Mary, Tate Hill Pier, centre. People climbing the 199 Steps can be made out as this picture is zoomed in on the slideshow earlier. Whitby Harbour Piers: West Pier with Lighthouse nearest, with East Pier and its lighthouse in the background The base of the commemorative column Captain James Cook atop the commemorative column to Whitby’s ship builders Bite-sized! – Margaret stands beneath the replica whale jawbone arch on West Cliff Jawbones would be attached to a ship’s mast to signify a successful catch, hence this commemorative whalebone arch. ‘Net Mender’ – Whitby Sculpture Trail https://www.emmastothard.com/assets/images/trail/map.jpg Margaret with her new friend at the Endeavour He’s clearly drunk his fill tonight! Night-time view from our room Settling down for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Room service has delivered the wine and Seafood Platter for us to enjoy from the comfort of our sofa Aljaz Škorjanec and Sarah Davies perform Sunday 17 October 2021
199 Steps and Whitby Abbey Walk
This was meant to highlight the contrast between the 199 Steps (on the left) with the cobbled ascent to the right. . . . . . . I’ve no idea how the photo turned out like this! I’ve included this photo from 2018, looking down to where the previous photo was taken from, at the base of the steps It better illustrates the steepness of the cobbled road and of the 199 Steps to the right of Margaret! Whitby Abbey with the headland beyond Sandsend, on the right, behind Looks rather forlorn with nothing but the sky behind I used no filters for this snap – it’s just as I took it. Easy to conjure up an image in my mind of Dracula floating across the foreground, or perhaps slinking in dog form! It must have been amazing to witness the development of the first monastery nearly 1,400 years ago in 657 AD, through to the furnishing and populating of these current ruins of the Abbey. In 867 AD Whitby fell to Viking attack, and the Saxon monastery was abandoned and destroyed. When the Normans arrived in 1078 the Benedictine monastery was re-founded under orders from William de Percy and the current ruins are the remains of the Abbey which was begun around 1220. The designing, planning, skills and construction knowledge that existed all those years ago is awesome! The current Abbey also suffered its share of vandalism! In December 1539 the monastery was dissolved and destroyed following the Second Suppression Act of Henry VIII. Whitby Abbey was further damaged in 1914 when the west front was hit by shells from a German warship. Through the damage and erosion caused, some of the elements of construction are revealed The wheelchair access ramp may look out of place but is less disruptive than it not being there! A final look at some of the intricate stonework Looking across the River Esk and the harbour (hidden in the dip) to West Cliff. The Captain Cook Memorial can be seen to the right, with the North Sea and the headland behind. Monday 18 October 2021
Falling Foss Walk
We soon gained height – looking back at the car in the car park (centre of picture) Is this a mushroom or a toadstool? We didn’t touch it! The best bacon butty – EVER!! Falling Foss A clearer view of the Foss.