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September 18, 2018 — Whitby Abbey

Decided to drive to Whitby and magically saw the ancient Abbey under a rainbow.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Woke to more rain. According to a weather report, there is an Atlantic hurricane headed for Ireland and the west coast of the UK. It won’t be a hurricane when it arrives here, but it will be windy and rainy so I think we’ll appreciate our raincoats. After breakfast we suited up in raingear and headed out the door.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

I set our GPS for Whitby Abbey and we left Pickering going north into the North Yorkshire Moors. It was a wet but still beautiful drive and we even saw some heather still blooming. Arrived at the Abbey before it opened, but the sun had come out in the rain and we followed a rainbow, double at times, to the abbey so we parked and braved the rain for photos of the abbey under a rainbow. Spectacular!

The abbey, an English Heritage site, finally opened and the rain and rainbow disappeared. Parking is owned by the county, not by English Heritage so we had to pay for parking but not for entrance to the abbey. We tied on our hats and braved the very windy walk to the atmospheric ruins on a windswept hill overlooking the North Sea. It was hard to hold my camera steady in the wind. Reminded us of a long-ago visit to Les Baux during the Mistral. Click here for the Whitby Abbey web site

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

View from Whitby Abbey

View from Whitby Abbey

Trencher's Restaurant in Whitby

Trencher's Restaurant in Whitby


We went through the abbey and the Visitor Centre and retrieved our car to drive down into Whitby. There are 199 well-advertised steps down to town and I might make it down, but after walking all over town sightseeing, I suspected climbing back up would be akin to torture. We found parking not far from Co-op along the river Esk and walked back into the tourist area where we found Trenchers Restaurant on New Quay Road. I wanted fish and chips since I read someplace that Whitby had the best fish and chips in England. My research pool is very small, but my fish and chips were very good. We both ordered a “regular” and wished we’d ordered a small portion . . . delicious, but way too much. The highlight of the meal was the elegant restrooms. There was a man taking pictures of the facilities lobby when I walked up, and when I walked in the Ladies Room, I whipped out my own camera. Gorgeous! I’d eat there again just to use the restroom. Click here for Trencher's Restaurant web site

*****

Tourist ship at Whitby

Tourist ship at Whitby


After lunch, we walked over to the Old Town and along the river out to the lighthouse. We saw a two-masted ship go past and realized it was a tourist tour. Looked very authentic though. They do twenty-five minute ship tours out and back. On a nice day it would be fun. We sat down near the lighthouse to rest our feet and then walked back going up the hill for great views. Back down into town and on to Co-op for grapes and bread and back to the car. I was ready to sit for a while and the sun periodically came out so I got some photos as we drove back across the moors to Pickering.

Whitby Harbor view

Whitby Harbor view

Abbey Wharf and Arnies, two local restaurants by the Art Center

Abbey Wharf and Arnies, two local restaurants by the Art Center

View from the top of the hill across from the Abbey at Whitby

View from the top of the hill across from the Abbey at Whitby

Our cottage Saltersgate, part of Hungate Cottages in Pickering

Our cottage Saltersgate, part of Hungate Cottages in Pickering

Posted by Beausoleil 15:20 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged rainbows abbeys whitby north_sea north_yorkshire Comments (2)

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