Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside!
I do like to be beside the sea!
Oh I do like to stroll along the Prom, Prom, Prom!
Where the brass bands play, “Tiddely-om-pom-pom!”
After our wonderful relaxing weekend in Grosmont, we continued towards the coast – the historic town of Whitby our destination.
Although I’ve only been here on a handful of occasions, I’ve very happy memories of the place – from fish and chips with my mum, to the Dracula exhibit with Selina, to climbing the 199 steps to the Abbey on all but one visit – and of course, the epic walk along the Cleveland Way with the Elf and The Silent Partner (where a seagull made off with our chips!).
We arrived at about 9:30am and it was…not fine exactly, but not actively raining – so we were very cheerful. The place that we are staying is just gorgeous and only a five minute walk from the beach (on the ‘new’ side, not the older Abbey side). Also – we can see the ruins from our window!!!
So naturally, we were drawn straight to the waterfront. Well, looking down on it anyway.
And found a memorial to a bombing that took place during the Great War – 16th of December 1914. It was actually super tricky to get a decent shot so am linking to a website that provides better views and more history. Remarkably, there were only two fatalities during the bombardment, but this tribute brings home the scale of the damage and firepower from that dark period.
We took some time to get to know the locals 😉. This is a long standing Foley tradition – flirting with statues – so delighted to see X join in on the fun.
As Xander has never done the proper tour before, we climbed the 199 steps to the Abbey and then booked a slot for a visit. As always, I did try to count the steps and as always, I quickly became distracted. While Whitby is by no means as busy as in the Before Times, there were still more people than I’ve interacted with in over a year, so I was a little nervy about passing people on the steps.
Obviously, not all the exhibitions are open (due to the Unmentionable) but we gleaned as much information as we could and X picked up the guidebook. I’d love to say that it’s purely a momento of our visit, but you know that we are both reading it faithfully to learn more.
After a very enjoyable hour (only slightly tense moment was when we couldn’t find the …ah… facilities, but who can blame me?), we took a stroll on the beach (as previewed earlier this week) then treated ourselves to fish and chips* at the Magpie cafe (though we took the spoils back to the apartment as it was bloomin’ cold!).
As bank holidays go, it’s been one of the loveliest!
*Nowt if not a traditionalist me!