Sunday 14 October 2012

Whitby is a jewel embedded in the North Yorkshire coast. Steep hills lead down to a working harbour, there is a ruined abbey to the south overlooking the town, and everywhere there are enticing streets and alleys weaving in and out of the steep hills. The town manages to strike a pleasant balance between "kiss me quick" and twee, despite being full of holiday lets, B&Bs, and all of the shops, cafes and tourist attractions which service the visitors.

Tina wakes me with a coffee - bliss. We breakfast in a local cafe, and then set off following the Cleveland Way along cliffs to Robin Hood's Bay. It's difficult to get out of Whitby, there is so much to see - and photograph. Eventually we leave the town behind, and settle into our strides.

As we stroll along I have the song "Wonderful Copenhagen" running through my mind. Where did that come from?? I haven't heard or thought about it for ages. Maybe it suits the pace we are walking at, but I try to banish it by walking faster to the Proclaimers "I would walk a thousand miles."

It rains briefly a couple of times, but it's sunny at Robin Hood's Bay. It's an amazingly photogenic place, with steep streets, lovely old buildings, and interesting alleys leading off in all directions. We sit for a while in the Bay hotel, but not in the Wainwright bar, which for some reason is closed.

Our walk back is away from the cliffs, following a disused railway line. We get good views over the sea to our right, and over the North Yorkshire moors to the left. Nearer to whitby we are walking well inland. We are both quite tired when we reach Endeavour Cottage.