On the East Coast of Yorkshire is one of my favourite places in the world: Whitby. One of the most startling attraction of this seaside town is the famous 199 Steps to Whitby Abbey. Of course, my family and I had to meet the challenge. Even three-year old Juliet was up for the big climb! If you chance to visit Whitby, here is what you can expect from the obligatory tourist climb up East Cliff.
The first site as you ascend is a sculpture of a fisherman tending his nets.
Half-way up, be sure to look out on Whitby harbour. You can catch your breath under the auspices of “checking out the view”.
If possible, bring some younger, fitter friends to cheer you on. Nearly there!
At least! You made it up all 199 steps of East Cliff.
At the top of East Cliff the first thing you see is Caedmon’s Cross.
But if Captain Cook is more your thing, leave the black clad behind to sail on a mini replica of Endeavour.
Scarborough may have better beaches, but Whitby has more class and historical interest which makes it my place to go in East Yorkshire. Or maybe I am just Goth at heart.