We’re hosting a number of weekends where the wonderful coastal town of Whitby is a focal point.

To help you get acquainted with Whitby’s charms, we’ve put together five great things to see and do.

Walking weekend exploring the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Coast

Visit the Abbey:

Without doubt the most famous building in Whitby has to be the Abbey. Perched on the headland overlooking the harbour, the Abbey was originally founded in AD657 by the Saxon King of Northumbria.

Today, the Gothic splendor of the remains of the 2nd monastery, which was destroyed by Henry Vlll, still has an imposing presence in the town. Just one look and you can see why the Abbey helped inspire Bram Stoker to write Dracula and gave rise to the huge Goth following.

Walking weekend exploring the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Coast

Fish and Chips:

No visit to Whitby would be complete without sampling the nation’s favourite dish, fish and chips. The Magpie Café serves some of the best which is why we’ve included a visit on the Friday evenings of our Whitby-based weekends.

During the day, the café is so popular there might be a queue but there are some great alternative providers such as Hadley’s just over the swing bridge in Whitby.

Surf’s Up:

North Yorkshire’s coastline has some great, safe spots for learning to surf.

If you fancy taking the plunge then Whitby Surf School runs lessons from Easter through to October, or you can hire a board and the rest of the kit including wetsuits if it’s less warm.

If surfing isn’t your thing, then why not have a go at the latest craze, stand up paddle boarding. The school also hires out boards for would-be paddlers.

Walking weekend exploring the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Coast

Walk the smugglers’ coastline:

With picturesque views along the cliff tops, the Cleveland Way has to be one of the top ways to see the coastline.

We’d recommend a seven-mile section from Whitby to the old smugglers’ haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay, a lovely village with cottages that are clustered tightly together in the cove.

Reaching Robin Hood’s Bay, you’ll find yourself joining fellow walkers who have just completed the Coast-to-Coast walk and are following the tradition of dipping their boots into the sea!

To return to Whitby you can head back along the cliffs, follow the former railway line that is now the Cinder Track which goes through lovely tranquil countryside, or simply pop on a bus back to the town.

Pick up smoked kippers:

Fortunes Kippers has reached legendary status in its 139-year history. Located at the end of a cobbled street, the smokehouse has a shop selling the famous kippers. Once you’ve bought the delicacies, you might take the opportunity to carry on and walk up the 199 steps to the Abbey, offering fine views across the town.

To explore Whitby and the surrounding area you could join one of our many walking weekends and short breaks.

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