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Julia under the whale bones at Whitby

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Mum and Dad (England)

Whitby is a classic seaside town, which gained fame as the place where Captain James Cook learned his trade as a sailor and where the boat 'Endeavour' was built. Cook's greatest expeditions included; charting Australia, New Zealand and also going to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus, in 1769. Today, it's a laid back place, which relies upon the fishing industry and tourism.

We parked the car at the top end of town, next to St Hilda's Church, and walked down Royal Crescent and North Terrace, which runs parallel to the sea. We soon came to a monument of Captain Cook and over the harbour on the far hill, we got a sighting of Whitby Abbey. To get down to the harbour, we passed under huge whale bones, which showed the size of some of the catch that the brave fishermen would go after!

The streets were packed with tourists, and queues at all of the fish and chip shops were snaking out of the door.

Celtic cross in the graveyard at the Church of St Mary, Whitby
It was obviously too good a chance to pass up on, so we chose a chippy and got in line, eventually receiving a whopping portion, which was the size of a small whale! As Mum and Dad couldn't finish theirs, i was obviously only too happy to help them polish off the left overs.

Having gorged myself to bursting point, the Abbey on top of the hill now looked a long, long way away. Mum and Dad decided they wouldn't be able to roll themselves up there, so left Julia and I to it. Having walked up the 199 steps, we were treated to stunning panoramic views and also the Church of St Mary. We took a quick look in the church and bought a second hand book, then went on to the Abbey.

St Hilda's Abbey is usually just referred to as Whitby Abbey, but received it's real name from Lady Hilda, who was the Abbess when the Benedictine Monastery first opened, in 657AD.

St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
In 867 the Abbey was attacked by the Vikings and abondoned until 1078, when the Normans restored it. However, Henry VIII destroyed the building in 1540, and the ruins were used for building materials. Still, there is a sizeable structure left standing today, and its location is simply breathtaking.

Being a tight arse and extremely short on cash after the last 3 years of travel, i decided to avoid the admission fee and instead just walk around the perimeter of the Abbey. You can essentially see everything that's worth seeing without actually entering, and i've been here before and paid, so i didn't see the point to be honest.

After circling the Abbey for half an hour, we walked back down to find my mum and dad, and to my disbelief, Dad was tucking into an ice cream.

House next to St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
He always blamed middle age spread for his gut, but i blame it on the constant barrage of sweets that he tucks into! I can't blame him to be honest, i think i was just gutted that i'd eaten so much for lunch, that i had no room left for dessert!

We finished our trip by walking along the narrow, cobbled streets in the centre of the town, which are worth the trip in their own right. Then it was time to move on to Robin Hoods Bay, which was where my gran was born and raised, so another place of significance to my family.

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St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
House next to St Hildas Abbey, Wh…
House next to St Hilda's Abbey, W…
St Hildas Church in Whitby
St Hilda's Church in Whitby
Royal Crescent, Whitby
Royal Crescent, Whitby
Royal Crescent, Whitby
Royal Crescent, Whitby
Seagull on a lamp post in Whitby
Seagull on a lamp post in Whitby
Old ship in the sea at Whitby
Old ship in the sea at Whitby
Statue of Captain James Cook, Whit…
Statue of Captain James Cook, Whi…
Whitby Harbour, with views of St H…
Whitby Harbour, with views of St …
Seagull taking a stroll in Whitby
Seagull taking a stroll in Whitby
Whitby Harbour and St Hildas Abbey
Whitby Harbour and St Hilda's Abbey
Whitby harbour
Whitby harbour
Whitby harbour
Whitby harbour
Seagullon a car, in Whitby
Seagullon a car, in Whitby
Whitby harbour
Whitby harbour
Whitby harbour
Whitby harbour
Whitby centre
Whitby centre
Whitby centre
Whitby centre
Whitby centre
Whitby centre
Whitby centre
Whitby centre
Wooden flower bed boat, in Whitby
Wooden flower bed boat, in Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
Church of St Mary, Whitby
Church of St Mary, Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
Church of St Mary, Whitby
Church of St Mary, Whitby
Celtic cross in the graveyard at t…
Celtic cross in the graveyard at …
View over Whitby harbour
View over Whitby harbour
Church of St Mary, Whitby
Church of St Mary, Whitby
Church of St Mary graveyard and St…
Church of St Mary graveyard and S…
Church of St Mary graveyard, Whitby
Church of St Mary graveyard, Whitby
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Stained glass window in the Churc…
Stained glass window in the Church…
Stained glass window in the Churc…
Coat of arms in the Church of St M…
Coat of arms in the Church of St …
Church of St Mary graveyard, Whitby
Church of St Mary graveyard, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
Church of St Mary graveyard, Whitby
Church of St Mary graveyard, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
St Hildas Abbey, Whitby
St Hilda's Abbey, Whitby
View over Whitby
View over Whitby
Dad scoffing an ice cream in Whitby
Dad scoffing an ice cream in Whitby
Whitby centre
Whitby centre
Whitby harbour
Whitby harbour
Whitby
photo by: Vikram