Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Winter Walk in Whitby

Whitby is one of those towns where you can turn around any corner and find yet another picturesque view. It felt a little bit like stepping back in time with its quaint cobbled streets and classic British seaside sights. Since my boyfriend and his family live just a short journey away, I had been meaning to visit for years. So when we finally got around to making the trip this January, I had high hopes.

We started the day off with a walk around the shops. It felt great to get out before midday after a lazy Christmas. I'm not really a morning person, but there's nothing I love more than starting my day early so I can get lots done and make the most of the sunshine - particularly in the winter when the daylight is scarce. It was great to see so many stand alone shops instead of the same old high street chains.

Things can get particularly chilly when you climb 200ft above sea level.

The next main attraction was the ruins of the abbey on the top of the hill. You have to climb 199 steps to get there, which leads to some spectacular views of the beach and the rest of the town. But perhaps most importantly, the abbey was in fact the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. There are some ruins behind the church photographed above which really captures the gothic feel... I certainly wouldn't want to visit it after sunset.

I was so impressed with this little gem of a town. It managed to keep the charm of the British seaside in the middle of the year's quietest month which really says something. There's something wonderful about something that can give you that little flavour of awe when you're not expecting it. Those days can seem rare at this time of the year, but they are the moments that keep you going and are most often found right on your doorstep.

Where's your favourite place to go for a day trip?

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ellie said...

I'm at Uni in York at the moment and I keep meaning to give Whitby a visit as it's so close! I've not got round to it yet, but it looks like you've had a lovely time visiting, hopefully I'll manage to go there when I'm back in York next! x