Whitby was not just a place where ships were built, coal transported and herring was fished for. In the 18th century, it was known as a whaling town which you can learn more about in the Whitby Museum and in books about the town. Therefore, a set of whale bones are stood high on the West Cliff, near the Cook Monument, to remind people of the glory days. Today, the bones are a copy of the original ones but they are still impressive and a good meeting point for the ghost walks or just people wanting to find each other.
For camping & hiking gear...
On the outside, this shop can be a little bit deceptive, with the window display on the left side of the shop front often filled with knives, plastic pellet guns + handcuffs (among other interesting items, sort of makes me think of Herman of "Herman's military antiques" off "The Simpsons")...... on the inside, it's another of those top-notch small Whitby businesses I only mention here if I know them to be any good dealing with / looking around.
I very recently used them because I've been getting pee'd off with them cheapo £10 - £15 suede effect walking boots / shoes sold in most regular high street shoe shops, as the sodding things barely last me 3-6months before they start looking shredded, and taking water in like you've got a firehose hooked up to them........ today was particularly bad when I had to walk into town, with my right shoe feeling like a swimming pool when I'd barely got a minutes walk from me front door.
So this time I decided to get them from a proper outdoors equipment store, with Hall & Coates seeming the best bet when I did a preview look round all the outdoors gear stores in town a week or two earlier (though admittedly getting back out again was a little tricky that time, as it was still the school holidays, so the place was busy with tourists)..... after having a quick browse at what footwear they had on display + a few other items I might get next time, in the vain hope i might still get some day trips in this year, I picked a pair of walking boots I like, and was quickly fixed up with a pair of the right size (the lady offered to let me try them on first, but me feet were still soaking wet, so I opted against it but they fitted ok when I got home).
I'm probably definately likely to buy from there again once I have money to spend again, and if you're in the area it's one of the best places for you to go if you need gear to explore the more remote parts of the North Yorkshire Moors... or you arrived in the country unprepared for the British weather (and you want the clothing to actually be warm & waterproof + last more than 5minutes). Walking shoes / boots, rucksacks for day tripping / hiking (day-sacks / day-packs?), waterproof clothing, tents, etc. Walking shoes / boots = £19.99 - £60
rucksacks = £5.99 - £25
St Mary's Church
Adjacent to the abbey ruins is this little pretty church and there is a reason for this as a church was originally built here in the 12th century for the men who helped to rebuild the abbey. Of course the Cholmley family I mentioned above had the best seats in the church but it is still small and cosy and very appropriate to a shipping town as its interior must have been carved by ship makers and feels very maritime. My second picture shows the church on the top of the hill...
At the foot of the cliffs on the east side of the town you can wander along the rocks at low tide. The cliffs are subject to coastal erosion. As a result there is a possibility of finding fossilised remains. A word of warning - watch the tide as there are numerous stories of people having to be rescued by the Whitby Lifeboat. You also have to watch for rocks falling.
A Safe Haven for Boats
Whitby lies at the mouth of the Esk River and is a safe haven for boats. The Swing Bridge connects the east and west side of the river Esk together. The first bridge ever mentioned was south of the present day bridge in 1351.