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Through the summer some North Yorkshire Moors trains are extended from Grosmont to Whitby providing an interesting way to access the town.
Even if the trains are not running in to Whitby it is possible to take a Northern Rail train out of Whitby and then connect with the NYMR at Grosmont for a steam train ride across the moors to Pickering.
The NYMR is one of England's longest preserved railway lines and the journey can take quite some time to complete.
There are also themed family events through the year such as a Harry Potter weekend in September and a World War 2 themed weekend in October. ( See the galleries on my home page)
Written Aug 16, 2007
Moors Bus is a summer only scheme operated to enable people without cars explore areas of the North Yorkshire Moors not usually served by bus.
The buses interlink reasonably well and fares are reasonably low. There are a number of buses with disabled access.
The website (which is very detailed and well thought out does need some navigating ) but this is a welcome innovation for the area.
Updated Jul 28, 2007
Northern Rail operate a reasonable service to Whitby from Middlesborough. The journey is scenic but slow and in the winter provides a lifeline to the town and villages along the route when the roads are difficult to use or even blocked.
On some weekends through the year the North Yorkshire Moors Railway operate a steam train service from their railway at Grosmont.
The local bus service is run by Arriva and there is a local town service and longer journey buses to surrounding towns including York, Scarborough and Middlesborough.
Updated Oct 20, 2006
From the North
Take the A1(M) or A19 following signs to Middlesborough. From Middlesborough pick up the A171 to Whitby - its well signposted all the way
From the South
Turn off the A1 North onto the A64 York. Continue on the A64 past York, Castle Howard and then Malton. Turn left onto the A169 towards Pickering and Whitby passing Eden Camp. Cross the roundabout in Pickering and continue on the A169 past Fylingdales. Go down Blue Bank into the village of Sleights. Cross the River Esk and at the top of the hill, turn right at the roundabout on the A171 to Whitby.
Written Aug 29, 2006
You could take a train from Middlesborough (which is where you have to go to change if you take a train from for instance York or Newcastle) and get the very nice moorland scenery around Danby north of Whitby included BUT those trains aren't too frequent and if you haven't got a train card the ticket will be expensive.
If in Leeds or York, catch the Yorkshire Coastliner instead. It stops near York station and then also in several nice villages along the way, such as Thornton-le-Dale before crossing the North York Moors national park and the village of Goathlands. Buses are fairly frequent and very cheap for this whole ride.
Finally, you can also catch a bus or train to Scarborough and from there reach Whitby by bus from the station in about an hour. This takes you through some nice coastal views including the steep drop to Robin Hood's Bay. Not for the faint hearted as bus drivers have a tight schedule and drive like maniacs up and down those bendy roads. All buses to Whitby stop here at the railway station.
Updated Aug 20, 2006
By Car :
If arriving from the South: take the M1/M18 or A1 to A64.
If arriving from the North: take the A1/A19 to A171 or A 170
From West: take the M62 to Hull, then on to A63/A165 (coastal route) or M62 towards Hull then A614 Howden, A163, B1249, A64 (which is the country route)
By Rail :
There are regular Inter-City trains which travel from Edinburgh and London with an interchange at York for onward journeys to Scarborough and Filey, and across country from Liverpool/Manchester.
By Sea :
The North Sea Ferries run a daily service both from Rotterdam & Zeebrugge to Hull which is only one hour away by road from Whitby.
There is an open top bus tourist service tour which operates in Whitby during the tourist season. It will take you through the main attractions including the Whitby Abbey.
Updated Aug 15, 2006
Captain James Cook, English navigator and explorer, was from North Yorkshire and spent part of his adolescence in Whitby. This tourist excursion takes visitors on a complete reprisal of his epochal "round the world" 1768-71 voyage to the Antipodes. Those on board will be gone for a full two and a half years, and will experience all of the hardships of the orignal journey.
I think the tour lasts for an hour or two. It looks like fun.
Written Aug 5, 2006
Ther e is a cliff lift fron the promenade on the west cliff down to the beach near to the Hands on Science exhibition building.
The fare is 60p each way with concessions (as at May 2006) and this saves a long walk down and especially back up on the very steep paths.
Written Jun 2, 2006
From my own travels I can really only recommend this way ot getting whitby.
From your location to York. Outside the station, you can get the bus from outside the station. The Yorkshire Coastliner is the bus to get. Buses are usually busy as the bus starts in leeds. Chek the website for the fares and the times.
Written Jun 29, 2005
Phone: (01653) 692556
From 10.00 - 16.25, hourly tours around Whitby, set off from The Whalebones, West Cliff, calling at West Cliff, (NorthPromenade),Moorlands Hotel, Whitby Abbey, Church St Captain Cook Museum,Longbourne Rd (Co-Op superstore)
and Pier Road, Lifeboat Station.
Over 60's/under 16's £3
Children under 5 free
Family (2 adults/2 children) £10
Local single journey £1
Ticket valid all day, pay driver on entering bus.
For those with mobility problems, this is a good way to avoid climbing the steps to the Abbey.
You can also jump off, and wander round near the drop off points, then catch the tour later.
Although I didn't use this bus, people I met who had used it had enjoyed this way of seeing Whitbys sights!
Updated Jan 29, 2005
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