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Whitby Abbey and the coast

  • Visit Whitby Abbey high on the cliffs
  • Coastal walking for 2 miles
  • Include Saltwick Bay and the lighthouse


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Bombed by the German navy in the First World War, set as the scene for Peter Cushing’s Dracula and destroyed by Henry V111 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries Whitby Abbey has a chequered history and well worth a visit. Combined with a splendid coastal walk from the lighthouse at Whitby Point (still working) past Saltwick Bay and this becomes a must for any visitor to Whitby. Saltwick Bay is splendidly situated and I walked down to the beach from the caravan park but it sadly suffers from the age old problem of this part of the coast – it faces north east, has splendid rocky ramparts but struggles for sun.

Recommend: It is possible to shorten the walk but it is well worth taking the extra time to reach the lighthouse

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 902108. Park anywhere in Whitby but cross the river to the south and head up the steep lane near the harbour signposted to the abbey
Height to Climb: 153 ms (502 feet)
Terrain: There is a path next to the road leading past the abbey and the coastal track along the Cleveland Way is good (take care near the edges at the lighthouse)
Eating & Drinking: Whitby is famous for its fish and chips and like the abbey no visit is complete without tasting them!
Similar Walks Nearby: Whitby to Runswick Bay
Exploring Robin Hood’s Bay
Villages of the Esk Valley
Places to Stay:


Streonshalh, WhitbyThe Mews, Whitby


Rosedale Cottages, Port Mulgrave

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