Saturday, 24 July 2010
A lovely day...
spent in Whitby. That was how we passed the time yesterday. The weather couldn't have been better, sunny but not too hot and with a warm breeze.
Whenever we visit this charming little town a visit to the ruins of Ht. Hilda's abbey is always on the agenda. This is only achieved after climbing the 199 steps. A good way to walk off the excellent fish and chip lunch, well you can't visit Whitby without fish and chips to eat.
To reach the East cliff where the abbey is situated we normally walk across the metal bridge overlooking the harbour unfortuanately this was closed for maintenance work so a flotilla of ferries had been employed to take the visitors across. Not being a great lover of travelling on water I was relieved to find the journey took about 2 minutes at the most , no chance to look for my 'sea legs ' there. It was worth the wait in the ferry queue as the view from the Abbey is wonderful as the bottom photo shows.
The town itself was quite busy although it will probably get much busier as the local schools start their Summer holidays today. We parked on the West Cliff not far from the Captain Cook statue, I wonder if he would have approved of his headdress in the photo!These gulls and gannets were fearless; one couple lost part of their lunch to a hungry bird down by the harbour , what a hoot!
After spending a good few hours there we set off home after a very enjoyable day.