The first time I went to Whitby was about three years ago and I don’t really remember much about. All I do know is that it was pretty hot that day and it looked like it would be a great place to come back to someday. Fast forward to last weekend and that is exactly what happened when my family took the long drive up north.
The Journey up North took me tantalisingly close to Lincoln where I had attended University. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to stop as we still had a ways to go on our journey which would see us pass through some of the most scenic countryside that this country has to offer.
View of Whitby
While we where in Whitby we stayed at the Saxonville Hotel which was situated right by the sea front on the west cliff. The venue was really nice and I would recommend it to anyone thinking who was thinking of staying in the area. On our first night there we took a nice walk into town as it was still pretty warm and we got to witness a spectacular sunset.
Whitby has a lot to offer from the James Cook Museum to various boat rides including a rib boat which was a lot of fun. The good weather continued and so we made up of the Hop on Hop off buses to catch a ride up to the Abbey, taking a lot of photos as we learnt all about the area.
Robin Hood Bay
That evening we took a short trip to nearby Robin Hood Bay which turned out to be a place of steep hills and beautiful architecture. When the tide is out it is said you can walk right around the bay but we were to late for that but luckily we found a pub nearby which did some very tasty food.
Also in the area is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which sees passengers travel though some of the most incredible scenery between Whitby and Pickering. There wasn’t a lot of steam that day but we did get to see one train which had been booked out by an entire wedding party, I can only imagine how much that must have set them back.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Speaking of good food, we took a trip down to York to visit Chocolate Story where we got to learn and try some chocolate. While there we also got the opportunity to watch a live demonstration and we also got to make a chocolate lolly which actually turned out to be pretty tasty indeed.
Eventually though the un had to come to an end but before we left I had just enough time to get this really nice shot of Whitby. A little way into our journey saw us stop at Knaresborough, a very unassuming place at first look but one that had some incredible photographic opportunities.
It was nice to be able to get away from home for a little while and even though it was only a short trip I still had a lot of fun with my family. The weather was great and we got to see and do a lot of cool things along the way.