Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday 23rd sept Kettleness and Whitby old town

We began the day by Shopping at the Lidl in Whitby, then going on to our usual spot for morning coffee on the road down the hill into Sandsend, then continued on to Kettleness. This is the view from the track that joins the coastal walk, looking back towards the now closed Railway Station, farm and adjoining cottages.

Looking north across the bay you can pick out Runswick Bay village

And here is a closer view, as you can see there are two parts to the village, though the most popular part with visitors is obviously the lower more scenic one.
Turning south east from the same spot is the site of the village of Kettleness that slid into the sea one stormy night, and was never rebuilt, the cliff face is still prone to landslides to this day!
Returning via side roads Pat took this moody coastal view
She also took the following series as we descended Lythe bank, something I have always wanted to do!
Just look at the expanse of beach, its a great view from this hill
And here we are in Whitby, if you park on the temporary car park at Endevour Quay the first thing you see leaving the car park is the memorial to Captain Scoresby, a Whaler who invented the crows nest
We don't usually see the swing bridge so quiet across the Esk, and rarely seem to get there when it's low tide
Here is a professional photographer who knows how to make a good living, he dresses his clients up in vistorian costumes to have their pictures taken
There is a "Farmers Market"" on in the market square, lots of attractive things to tempt the appetite!
This shop has always attracted me, they stock fossils and gemstones. I have always liked fossils, as I kid I used to spend hours looking for them in the mud cliffs round Atwick and Kilnsea, but never found any as fine as these.
Here is one of the oldest Inns in Whitby it offers among other things "Fine Stablery"
And a shop that I now try to avoid, the "old fashioned sweet shop" I could really make myself ill in there!

Our walk takes us past the Abbey steps and we emerge with a view of the twin breakwaters and lighthouses, the floating platform against the outer one indicates that some maintenance is taking place
And last but not least a view across the river looking across the nothern harbour wall to a distant Sandsend. Altogether a great day out

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