Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Yorkshire's East Coast - Scarborough, Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby

A little less travelling today and we were lucky enough to have the weather on our side. What started off as a misty morning turned out to be a glorious day and we were welcomed by blue skies with not a cloud in sight when we parked up in Scarborough.

With it being winter, a lot of the places of interest are closed but with a crisp, clear day and sunshine there was nothing to stop us walking around and seeing what we could. Starting off at the Rotunda Museum, we crossed over the bridge to the Esplanade before reaching the south side of the promenade. With the sea breeze in our faces we slowly made our way north.

With only a week in the UK, I wanted to get as much stereotypical British grub in Tim's face so our first port of call was the chippy, thankfully we found one on the promenade that was open. Quality portion and possibly even better than the ones we had within an hour of Tim getting off the plane two days previous.

Feeling nourished, we continued along the promenade, stopping off at the arcades. Table hockey is popular enough in Holland but the two pence slot machines were a bit of a novelty and we happily chucked a couple quid in, unfortunately we got nowhere near to the tacky green bracelet we were chasing.

Continuing along the promenade, we followed the way until we reached the east pier and the lighthouse at the end. Great views of Scarborough's beach front and up to the castle on the hill, which was our next stop. Once at the top, we had even better views of the surrounding area, however the castle itself was closed. Perhaps a trip in the summer is in order.

Walking back into town we passed St. Mary's Church, home to Anne Bronte's grave and then back through the old town to the car. Even though it was a great day, we had to get moving if we were to get to Whitby before it got dark.

Scarborough Beachfront

Grub's up

View from the pier

View up to the Rotunda

Lighthouse at the pier's end

Scarborough from the castle walls

St. Mary's Church

Following the A171 up to Whitby, it wasn't long before we got to our turn off for Robin Hood's Bay. If you thought Scarborough was dead, then this gorgeous little village was even more so, with even the famous Smugglers pub out of commission for the day. However, we were lucky enough for The Bay Hotel pub to still be open so we had a quiet pint in there while chatting to those who had been out and about walking through the Moors that day and looking out to sea and the view of the beautiful coast.

View up to the pub


With the light beginning to fade, we left the pub and headed to Whitby. Driving down alongside the river Esk, we had great views of Whitby Abbey on our right hand side before once again parking up. Luck was on our side here, as we managed to get some of Whitby's fabled rock for Tim, just as the store was closing. Not even 15:30 and the place was shutting up for the day.

Ambling down the west pier, we headed all the way out so that we had great views of the town and the oncoming sunset. There was a small contingent of photographers and producers right at the end too, turned out they were filming a new Morrison's advertisement which was basically a boat coming in, exciting stuff. Watch out for that coming to a screen new you soon.

Heading back into town, the wind was beginning to pick up and by now the sun had gone and dusk had well and truly set in. We manage to find a little tea shop along the cobbled street just below the Abbey and treated ourselves to some cake and tea, a most appropriate way to end our day out along the east coast.

River Esk running into Whitby

Along the promenade

Whitby Abbey

Sunsetting over town

Looking back along the piers

Wonderful views and perfect weather were a real bonus for us today, but wouldn't mind revisiting during the summer months. Homeward bound then to prepare ourselves for a couple days out in the Lakes for some hiking and hill passes.

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