A not so wet weekend in Whitby proved to be great fun with the Brackenfiled Bandits.

Staying in the old town above a few shops was the ideal location to pack all the fun.  On arrival we were soon exploring Church Street and racing up the abbey steps for the traditional views of the town and harbour.

 

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Whitby Abbey hasn’t changed of course since my last visit but the visitors centre has morphed from a shed into a grand house and courtyard. Sadly it was almost closing time on arrival but there was still time to enjoy the views and the early evening.

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Almost every cottage seems to be a holiday cottage in and around the area, but at least the old kipper smoke house is still going strong. This late in the day the oaky smoke aroma lingered near Kipper Cottage. Mmm, that aroma, time to seek out a fish and chip supper. Plenty of places to chose from of course.

Up in reasonable time the following day to catch the outgoing tide for a walk across the sands to Sandsend. Quite a lovely sunny morning and the tea shop on the beach was a welcome sight.  It seemed like we had walked back in time somewhat. Tea, sandwiches and windbreakers on the beach. Kids trying to dam the water to paddle about in. Beach combing, kites and Frisbees. It was a slightly different world. To be in Witsend tea garden seemed a lot more relaxing than the name suggested.

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A bus journey back to the west cliff to enjoy the view after the first and last torrential downpour.  The Captain Cook statue had the obligatory seagull on his head and the swirl of fish and chip aroma drifting around him. A replica of his ship (40%) passed in and out of the harbour below. Time to race down and give it a go on the Endeavour (aka the HMS Identity Crises). Sea Shanties, Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack and eventually Abba sounds accompanying our 25 minutes around the bay trip.

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I think we did well to fit so much in. It seems like a dream now, although sleep was fitful thanks to naughty seagulls whilst in Whitby. Who knew they made so much noise, ALL night!

I hope it won’t be so many years before I return maybe with a set of earplugs though!

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