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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby September 16th 2021

This morning, we were treated to two tours on the subject of the British Explorer Captain Cook. We started with Captain Cook's cottage in Melbourne with heygo guide Alex and then immediately went to Whitby in England to meet heygo guide John and visit the Cook Memorial Museum. The cottage in Melbourne was originally built in Yorkshire, England by Cook's parents, James & Grace, in 1755. The house was dismantled brick by brick in 1933. The bricks were numbered and transported to Melbourne in 253 cases & 40 barrels and the house reassembled in tribute to Cook. Even the ivy growing on the walls is the original ivy, also shipped out and replanted. Cook was born in the small Yorkshire village of Marton on the 27 October 1728 to a humble rural family. He was the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby September 14th 2020

The X4 rolled up on time. It had been 6 months since I had last been on public transport. The bus was showing the hallmarks of COVID. Social distancing signs. Warning tape across some seats. Advisory signs to indicate a reduced capacity - 21 seated only, as opposed to 49 plus standing. The latter sign would prove unfortunate later in the day. East Cleveland was largely slumbering this morning. Passengers were few and far between at this early hour. A few were heading down to their jobs in Whitby - others were possibly heading home! I passed through Carlin How. The huge steel plant on the cliffs in a most unlikely setting is a reminder of the iron ore heritage in the area. The edge of Skinningrove was displaying a sign advertising a new holiday park ... read more
Staithes
Staithes
Staithes

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby September 2nd 2019

Oh to be in England now. We travelled from Asenby to Whitby on the North Sea Coast through all the little and Mid sized picturesque towns. The route reminds us of all the English poems and literature we read mostly through grade school and a few novels after. The thatched roofs and pastures of sheep ( Terri’s friends, cotton balls. Arriving in Whitby in low tide we saw many boats settled on mud sea floor. In the distance we could see our destination of the once glorious Whitby Abbey. We walked through the narrow streets with shops on either side, Noting along the way the Lucky Duck ship and the Black Horse pub both future stops after the trek to the Abbey. St. Hilda would have been overjoyed with the church and Abbey before Good? King ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby January 1st 2019

The car was pointing north. As usual. We turned off the A1 on to the A168 and "home". It is a familiar stretch. I have often switched radio stations by this point to BBC Radio Tees. There is a sense of familiarity to the news and the accents delivering it. "If you're talking about it. We're talking about it". However, tonight I had left it tuned into a national station. Directly on cue as I make the turn off, a seasonal tune plays. We had been "top to toe in tailbacks' for most of the journey, but we are now almost on the "freeway'. Driving home for Christmas with a thousand memories. There are other Christmas records, but this one is the one that instantly gets anybody who hails from the hinterland of Teesside all nostalgic. ... read more
Whitby
Whitby Harbour
Whitby Harbour

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby May 2nd 2018

After York we continued onto our destination: Whitby. Actually, we were staying in the tiny town of Sleights. Cousin Mary had mentioned to us that she was pretty sure that this was the town at the bottom of a steep grade and she was very correct. Gorgeous scenery along the drive through the Yorkshire Moors with views out to the coast and Whitby itself as we approached. With a minor bit of trouble getting access to our cottage, we were happy with our new accommodations, though nothing could compare with the first (we were spoiled for the rest of the trip). Dad and I headed to the store again for a minor restock of our food and drinks. We cooked with our existing food supply that night and generally fell asleep early. The next day we ... read more
Up the 199 steps we go....
Whitby Abbey
Hike above Sandsend

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby September 19th 2017

With a good weather report, and sunny skies, we set off for Whitby after breakfast. It took about an hour to arrive, and we headed down through the town to the harbour area where we parked the car. The town itself was very busy, so we decided to walk up to Whitby Abbey, above the town. The sign told us there were 199 steps to climb. The Abbey was started in the 7th century, and like many of the abbeys is now in disrepair. Henry VIII, when he changed England's religion, was responsible for the destruction of most of the monasteries in the country. The buildings that are still standing give a good idea that this had once been a thriving community in medieval times. There are also great views over the town and out to ... read more
Whitby harbour
Whitby Abbey
Whitby beach

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby April 29th 2017

I stand and gaze over the harbour from the East Cliff. A blue sky is dotted with fluffy white clouds. The air is clear and the view stretches to Sandsend and the cliffs at Kettleness. The tide is out. The whitecap waves contrast with the sea. Summer has started again, after the sleet and hail earlier in the week. I pay my respects to my Dad. He is also watching out over the harbour from a spot a few yards away. Well, he is metaphorically speaking. This is his patch. The yards below, where he would be dispatched to his Grans. The Abbey behind me, where he would be sent to play in the grounds watched over by his Uncle. In the days before English Heritage, his Uncle was the splendidly titled custodian of the place. ... read more
Whitby Abbey
Flowergate
Hawsker

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby November 8th 2016

The Monk’s Haven was packed. A small dog sat waiting patiently for the possibility of a small crumb of toasted teacake. She knew the café owners would often provide a small piece of cut sausage for hungry dogs, so this would tide her over until the main food possibly came her way. The table opposite remarked at her black cape with a red collar. It was very Dracula, but in keeping with the mood of the weekend. The Whitby Goth Weekend was in full swing. The majority of the customers were dressed in a spectacular array of outfits. A combination of a pure goth and Victoriana. The ladies and indeed the gentleman mostly with heavily made up faces. A small shitzu also sat patiently for his treat, splendidly attired in his dog coat tuxedo. He was ... read more
Whitby Goth Weekend November 2016
Whitby Goth Weekend November 2016
Whitby Goth Weekend November 2016

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby August 30th 2016

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Whitby August 30th 2016




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