As I mentioned the Abbey is on the top of a cliff called East Cliff. To get there are 199 steps to climb! It is also called Church Stairs.
Lots of little alleyways like this one are nice to explore. This one as you can see is called Arguments Yard and was apparently names after a local called Thomas Argument.
In the reign of Henry VIII with the dissolution of the churches and monasteries the abbey was looted and left to fall in decline. It was also bombed during WW1
it was the coming back up that I was not keen on. As it turned out I managed it fine! Phewwww!
Perched on the cliff top are hundreds of mostly sandstone tombstones – all warn and weathered by their exposure to the fierce elements of the North Sea which batter the cliffs.
Whitby used to be a whaling port but luckily it's not anymore. They still have their most famous landmark here though - an arch made out of two whalebones at the top of the cliffs.
There's donkeys at the beach waiting for the kids to go for a ride with them. Before coming there I had never heard of that tradition but it seems to be a traditional thing at British seaside towns.
Whitby has a wide sandy beach. I love walks along the sea so it looked like a temting place for a paddle. I also liked the little colourful huts at the beach.
One of the twin piers of Whitby Harbour. The lights are visible at a distance of 10 and 13 miles, respectively and are shown during the nights at high-water, and for two hours before and after.
The old town is lined with cobble stoned narrow streets with darker alleys leading off between the old homes. Even despite the commercialism, Whitby still retains much of its old charm and character.