Whitby is a coastal town of North Yorkshire and is found on one of Britain's finest stretches of shoreline at the inlet of the Esk River. It was famous as a whaling port and closely associated with Captain James Cook and the Endeavour. Whitby's beauty has inspired many writers and painters. Even the town's darker corners have been immortalised in the classic Victorian novel 'Dracula'.
The old narrow streets and picturesque homes which stand on the steep slopes above the river make this a popular holiday spot. It is certainly one of my favourite places that I visited, it has a lovely quaintness to it.
Whitby Abbey stands on a cliff overlooking Whitby town. Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1536 which resulted in the destruction of the Abbey in 1539. St. Mary’s, however, was allowed to remain as it was used by local people.
The Abbey is a magnificent reminder of the early church’s power and dedication; it contained the shrine of St Hilda, the foundress who died in 680. The Abbey is today a gaunt reminder of what a magnificent building it once was. I you have enough ‘puff’, you can approach it by 199 steps from Whitby town.