Monday, 20 August 2018

North Yorkshire Coast #2 - Whitby and Sandsend

Hi there everyone 😀

I just have a couple more posts to share from our North Yorkshire coast holiday back at the beginning of June. It seems like an absolute age ago now ... we certainly have packed a lot in to the last few months.

It was Tuesday of our week away and weather forecast was a little better so we headed back to Whitby’s west side to see if we could get any better photos looking back across the town and we didn’t do too badly ...

It was certainly a lot brighter than it had been on the Monday and there were some great views looking back across the town ...
 Neither of us had really explored this part of Whitby before so we walked along the prom heading North to see what we could find.

The first thing we came across was this intriguing looking structure ...
Upon closer inspection it was actually a memorial in remembrance of the bombardment of Whitby during the 2nd World War. It was both really pretty and poignant at the same time ...

We carried on along the prom to the beach huts, which neither of us had seen before. Ever a sucker for beach huts we had to walk right to the end ...

... taking in the quirky hut number plaques and signs ...

... before making an about turn and heading back ...
Now ... Martin is a Yorkshireman born and bred and spent the majority of his childhood holidays on the North Yorkshire coast but the Whitby cliff lift came as a real revelation. I'd read something about it somewhere but didn't really know what to expect.

We were both pleased to find it though, as we didn't really fancy the walk back up the top ...
The chappy in the kiosk told us that the lift opened in 1931 and consists of a vertical shaft down from the cliff top through the clay, leading to the tunnel. Originally there were two cars, running in parallel, but now there is only the one.

We could only but marvel at the foresight and enthusiasm the Edwardians must have had to have undertaken this feat of engineering ...
We exited the lift at the top, not far from where we'd parked ... there's loads of free on street parking on this side of the town ...
From here we decided to head North along the coast on to Sandsend where we had a wander along the beach taking photos and looking for pretty pebbles ...

... before stopping for refreshments in the garden of The Wits End and heading home for a bit of an earlier finish ...

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