Whitby Abbey and the coast

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

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 making for a popular day out. Saltwick Bay is splendidly situated and I walked down to the beach from the caravan park, great in the 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. 

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