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A Short Visit to Whitby

by
Willie Gall


Following an enforced break from cycling after fracturing my hand by dismounting over the handlebars, I organised a short break in Whitby to test my recovery.

I got a train to Scarborough and then followed National Cycling Network Route 1 to Whitby. This is on the bed of an old railway and known locally as the Cinder Trail, though it was pretty rough and muddy in places and also climbed more than I had expected. Approaching Whitby the route crosses the River Esk on the Larpool Viaduct.

Larpool Viaduct

Larpool Viaduct.

The next day was spent exploring the very hilly Esk Dale. I started by following NCN Route 165 up the valley and was joined by a friendly local cyclist who gave me some route tips before we parted.

Esk Dale

Esk Dale at Egton Bridge.

On my return I paused in Grosmont where I spotted steam engines of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This village also had an interesting name sign made up of old bicycle parts.

Grosmont Sign

Village Sign in Grosmont.

Steam Engine

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Steam Engines in Grosmont.

Steam Engine

Esk Dale

Esk Dale East of Grosmont.

Alms Houses

Portico of Whitby Merchant Seamen's Hospital Houses.

Feeling rather fatigued after the previous days exertions, I started day 3 with relaxing ride along to Robin Hood's Bay where I spent a bit of time wandering around.

Rain Dale

Rain Dale.

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay.

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay

My return route circuited through some villages before taking me back towards Whitby along the cliff road to the abbey. By happy coincidence I found the Whitby Brewery complete with tap room in farm buildings opposite the abbey.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey.

Whitby Abbey

Church of Saint Mary

Church of Saint Mary.

Church of Saint Mary

Church of Saint Mary

Triple Tiered Pulpit.

Church of Saint Mary

Box Pews.

Church of Saint Mary

Whitby from the Churchyard.

For my final day I found that I could take my bike over the moors on the steam train to Pickering - a very relaxing and scenic route. Rather than continue to Scarborough, I rode south to pick up my train home in Malton.


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