Whitby, Yorkshire Week 43 3rd March 2012
Our first view of Whitby Abbey.

It must have been built before AD 614 as that's when St Hilda was the Abbess.

The Synod of Whitby is where differences between the Roman and Celtic Catholic traditions were reconciled and the date of Easter decided.

This must be where Microsoft got the idea.

"Where will it take you"

The Cinder Track is a cycle track made from the disused rail line from Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay. And probably further.

Didn't quite preserve it all the way into the center of Whitby.

There must have been two rail stations. One at this level, the other nearer sea level for trains from the west and north.

The swing bridge across the entry to Whitby harbour.

The two halves rotate to let ships pass.

The north side of the harbour.

The yellow boat is offering 20 minute trips for three pounds.

Uninviting as ever. Whitby beach looking north.

Though apparently there are fossils to be found in the sandstone.

The yellow boat set forth in the mist.

There were at least two passengers.

From the top of the cliff looking back. Swing bridge in the middle.

We'd walked about 5km to get here.

And there it is.

A statue of Captain Cooke.

He learned how to sail in Whitby. Apparently a good training ground and apprentices were sought after.

We haven't a clue what this guy is doing.

I thought photography but when I looked at the photo they look more like binoculars and monocular.

Street on the way back down the hill to the middle of Whitby.
Getting narrower.
And then across the bridge.
The house that Captain Cooke lived in while serving his apprenticeship is now a museum.

Time for a candlelit dinner.

Opposite the house was the pub.


Aptly renamed "The Endeavour".

Headed up the hill to the Abbey along the narrow streets.

Its a weekend so there are some early holidaymakers.

Just like us!

There are one hundred steps up to the Abbey.
But fortunately someone had counted them for us so we knew how far we had to go ... only XXX left!
In front of the abbey is St Hilda's church with interesting shaped and stained gravestones.
The entrance to Whitby Harbour.
And those interesting gravestones again.

Mostly from 18th and 19th century.

The Abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII during the reformation.

Let's go trash all the Roman Catholic buildings.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the Abbey predates a whole heap of cathedrals.
Certainly ornate and a tribute to the stonemasons.
And back to more practical buildings, like the railway station at Ruswarp.
Following day we took the cinder track in the opposite direction.

Towards Robin Hoods Bay.

A bit too far for us to walk and the weather wasn't really welcoming.

We turned round soon after seeing the coastal cliffs.

On a sunnier day we would have felt like exploring a bit further.
Lambing time.

We are beginning to notice more.

It must be warmer nearer the coast!

The cinder track crosses the main road at an old level crossing.

Its a sort of double arrangement.

This half is for people on horses (the red icon is of a horse and rider). The other half is for pedestrians.

There wasn't much traffic either way so we ignored the lights and walked across the horsey bit.

Our little bit of rebellion for the day.

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