When the tide is out, it is very easy and very nice to walk along the beach into Whitby which is not more than 3 miles away.
The sand is firm and easy to walk on in either direction
and other than a few fellow walkers with their dogs (allowed out of the region close to Sandsend), we met no one. As we got closer to Whitby thinking about hot chocolate and a tea cake, we passed a row of Beach Huts having their Spring facelift.
These can be rented from the Council (here) at weekly rents which exceed £100 per week in high season. Apparently they are very popular.
As you get close to Whitby, you approach the harbour walls
from which there is a good look back to where we had come from - the tide has now come in because this was taken after Hot Chocolate and Tea Cakes (so large, we could not eat any lunch).
The harbour is much larger than this picture because it goes a long way back
with many boats behind a working swing bridge.
The Quayside is traditional with
traditional entertainment such as this
and pleasure boats taking visitors out to sea on a short voyage
at very cheap prices (at least cheap at Easter).
We chose to go out on this boat for 20 minutes, although perhaps the attraction for Pat was the Pirate on the deck at the stern.
We sailed out of the harbour, passing
old houses and through the harbour mouth.
They like to convince you that the rocks on one side of the harbour are in fact a fossilised crocodile. With some imagination you can believe this - note the front foot roughly in the middle of the picture and the snout on the left hand side…...
Looking back at the turning point of the 20 minute “voyage”, the traditional view of Whitby with the ruins on the headland is easy to see.
If you look carefully, you can see signs of “Old Whitby” as in
this advert on the side of a shop
and these tiles on the side of a building advertising "Geo Thompson Dealer in Reliable Pianos and Organs Tuning and Repairing a Speciality"
As we waited at the Stop for the bus back to Sandsend, a lot of veteran cars sped through town
and here are two of the many we saw.