The River Esk has gouged it's path to the North Sea, which itself has eroded the land to form impressive cliffs. Together, these natural features have created the estuary of the River Esk, in which the town of Whitby nestles.
The ancient port of Whitby lies at the mouth of the River Esk forming a bond between the North York Moors and the North Sea.
Whitby is a fascinating town, amenities available include; public houses, public car parks, public conveniences, post office, places of worship, (St Hilda Catholic Church, St Ninians, St Patrick Catholic Church, Whitby Trinity United Reform Church, New Life Church AOG), banks, museums, art galleries, shops, restaurants, cafes, harbour facilities (incl boat launching), and Whitby Station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby main line.
Although the fishing industry has gone into decline over recent years Whitby still plays a major role as a North Eastern fishing harbour and provides a safe haven in rough weather for fishing and leisure craft alike.
The prefix of the Post Code for Whitby is YO21-1.
Whitby has much to offer visitors;
The East Bank with it's maze of alleyways, narrow idyllic cobbled streets and ancient buildings is overlooked by the cliff top St Hilda's Abbey and the Anglo Saxon church of St Mary, both of which can be accessed by walking up the famous 199 steps.
The West Bank is dominated by the fishing quay which in 'times gone by' would be lined with fishing vessels three and sometimes four abreast. Another feature of interest includes the Whitby Lifeboat Museum.
At the seaward end of the quay is the Kyber Pass which provides road and foot access to West Cliff where you will find a memorial to the 18th century explorer Captain James Cook. In the recent past there was a set of whalebones which was a reminder that Whitby was once the most important whaling port in the North East of England. Visitors will be rewarded for their climb with panoramic views over the town of Whitby and the coast towards Sandsend.
The East Bank and West Banks are connected by a swing bridge which opens to let vessels pass into the upper harbour.
Whitby still retains much of it's 'old world charm' and is steeped in history,folklore and legend. It has been made world famous by the people who lived and worked here among which rank the explorer Captain James Cook, photographer, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, father and son whaling masters of the Scoresby family and author Bram Stoker who was inspired by the town to write his world famous book, Dracula.
The Author Lewis Carrol wrote "Alice in Wonderland" after being inspired by the little alleyways and backstreets of Whitby, with the comparison being, the white rabbit running down the burrows.
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