Evidence of Whitby's fishing trade is all around you. This shot of fish/crab cages just seems to epitomise this lovely east coast fishing village to me - its what I term a "Simone shot". VT'er Sim1 has always impressed me with her photographs of simple yet effective details so this was my effort in this category :-)
Whitby Town Trail (West Side)
Again, 50 pence handed over to the Tourist Information Office, buys you this handy guide to an hours walk around the sights of Whitbys West side.
As steps are involved it could be difficult for wheelchair users, but detours could make it possible.
The tour starts from Station Square (Bus/Train stations), and leads onto the Bridge, Baxtergate,Flowergate,Cliff Street, The Whalebones, Khyber Pass, West Pier, Pier Road, Marine Parade and back to the Bridge.
This trail gives an insight into the fishing / sailing heritage of Whitby, plus the development of Whitby as a town/ holiday resort.
see the"Church Stairs"
These are called the 199 steps of Whitby.
They connect the town (old part over the bridge) to the Parish Church of St. Mary on the Cliff top above.
The "church stairs" were first mentioned 600 years ago, and in the 1700's were made from wood apparently
Caedmon was a labourer from Whitby Abbey who, as the story goes, being unable to sing or compose in verse, was given in a vision the words for poems that eventually were turned into hymns. (okay, that's the very abridged version) After receiving what was referred to as a Divine Gift, he became a monk at the Abbey.
Caedmon died on Feb 11, 680 and only a few lines of one of his poems survives. He is now referred to as the first English poet and the cross was erected in 1898 in his memory.
Captain Cook Museum
The museum outlines the life of Captain Cook's life in Whitby. It was in this building that Captain Cook was a lodger of John Walker when he wasn't away at sea. The rooms in which the exhibits themselves are housed, are good examples of the period of Captain Cook. Exhibits include paintings, manuscripts, plans of ships, letters and other memorabilia of Captain Cook.
If you have a particular interest in Captain Cook this is one of a series of museums dedicated to the sailor. Others can be found at Staithes, Marton and Great Ayton.
Open: March Daily 11.00-15.00
April to end October Daily 09.45-17.00
Admission: Adults £3.50, Children £2.50, Family Tickets £9.50, OAPs £3.00