Long, long journey to Whitby, phew!

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Drive to Whitby, lovely English green!

People had warned me that the road to Whitby is a long one, LOL they weren't lying. But I'm glad it was this long because barring jetlag and a rumbling tummy, it was one of the best journeys of my life. The distance between York and Whitby isn't all that, but the roads are narrow and this being a double decker bus goes snail slow. The weather was incredible though. I had seen parts of these places before (in 2006) when I took the Hogwart's Express to Pickering and distinctly remember the plains's green of the area.

After about 2 full hours of lovely weather, lots of roundabouts and roundabout routes, we finally started reaching the human populated area.

Love this English green
..and before I knew it, it was here! That picture I was talking about, that "view" appeared in front of my eyes, I could see the Abbey appearing before my eyes in the distance and I knew I had arrived. My dream turned into reality after 4 yrs of planning!

The main bus stop is about 1/2 a mile away from the hostel, but it's the 199 steps to the Abbey that's the most annoying bit. And it wasn't easy as I thought it would be. I checked into the hostel, wandered around the lovely "garden". Pictures sure didn't lie - the hostel is right next to the Abbey and as a result, draws a lot of traffic. After some time in the hostel, I had a change of clothes and went for a walk around town.

Within 2 hours, I could safely say the most annoying thing about this town was that I had to go down the 199 steps everytime I want to visit the city centre, but the plus side was that I get to see fantastic views of the town  - the harbour, the buildings and the sea.

In the garden of my YHA hostel
I knew straight off I'd enjoy this holiday. It reminded me of the Cornwall holiday I took 2 yrs ago, only this one seemed more dramatic in terms of scenery.

I walked around town, took some pictures and then to the grocery store to buy me some Onken yogurt and some salad, eggs and milk for breakfast the next 3 mornings. When I returned to the hostel, I met a "walking group" comprised of faculty from Leeds University who were doing the same hike as I was the next day (to Robin Hood Bay). They invited me to come along, and I said yes! The group looked very intelligent.  I forgot that the sun sets late in the UK in May... it was about 10pm and you could still see light in the sky. Anyway went to bed around 11pm in my very cosy hostel room overlooking the wonderful English green.

The holiday had begun!

Cho says:
Although England is not my favorite destination I have always enjoyed the English countryside. Great photos on here!
Posted on: Nov 10, 2015
ghostbuster says:
There are other steps not so demandinding as the 199, to the hostel plus a bus service so don't be put off. IT's deffinatley worth visiting
Posted on: Mar 31, 2013
HelenP says:
I know those steps well Vikram!
Posted on: Sep 22, 2012
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Drive to Whitby, lovely English gr…
Drive to Whitby, lovely English g…
Love this English green
Love this English green
In the garden of my YHA hostel
In the garden of my YHA hostel
View of the country side from the …
View of the country side from the…
View of the hills and part of the …
View of the hills and part of the…
View of the town down those 199 st…
View of the town down those 199 s…
walk around town, random shot
walk around town, random shot
Random shot of the harbour
Random shot of the harbour
Whitby Hostels review
YHA Whitby - talk about value for money!
I really don't know where to start with the YHA Whitby. Or maybe I do... it's a brilliant brilliant hostel. It's very close to the Abbey, very clean, … read entire review
photo by: Vikram