Whitby Abbey is splendidly situated on the headland just south of the town of its name. To most appreciate Whitby Abbey and the coast nearby walk along the cliffs and then return to approach the abbey from the south east.
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. It is clearly a must for anyone visiting the coast.
A splendid coastal walk from the lighthouse at Whitby Point (still working) past Saltwick Bay can be easily combined with a visit to the abbey. Saltwick Bay is splendidly situated and I walked down to the beach from the caravan park. The beach is excellent in high summer but struggling for the sun at other times of the year. However the rocky ramparts and situation is perfect for walkers all year round.
It is possible to shorten the walk to still include Whitby Abbey and the coast however it is well worth taking the extra time to reach the lighthouse.
Leave the coast on a lane just before reaching the lighthouse itself. From here the lane heads inland , past tow farms before meeting the more significant Hawker Lane.
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