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Dryden Cottage, Whitby Harbour - Beach sideThis cottage is all about the view! Beach-side location at the base of the 199 steps - perfect for exploring the beautiful historic town of Whitby. Browse in the eclectic independent shops and sample the finest seafood in the local eateries. Walk up to the abbey, stroll along the piers and collect fossils from the beach, take a ride on the steam train to the neighbouring villages and explore the moors. Please note due to the beach side location of the cottage, there is unfortunately no parking.
Partridge Nest CottageIn the beautiful North York Moors National Park, just a mile and a half from Grosmont, terminus for the heritage railway and 5 miles from Whitby, Partridge Nest Cottage was converted from a traditional sandstone farm building in 2000. We have recently renovated it, opening up the ground floor, adding a log burner, new kitchen and a stripped wooden floor. We have also added a large walled private south facing patio with an uninterrupted view up the valley side to the moor top.
One bedroomed holiday home on a dairy farm.This self contained holiday cottage offers a chance to get closer to the workings of a family dairy farm. It is situated in the North York Moors National Park, midway between the moors and the coast and just a fifteen minute drive (or slightly longer bus ride) from Whitby. The accomodation is unusually spacious for a one bedroomed cottage, it is light, warm and very well insulated but don’t forget there is the potential for noise and smells from the farm!
Gothic charm abounds in this north Yorkshire fishing port — so much so that Bram Stoker set the final scene of Dracula here. With its abbey ruins, narrow cobbled streets, and spectacular cliffs, it’s no wonder Whitby has inspired so many ghost stories. Clinging to the coast between the North Yorkshire moors and the North Sea, just north of Scarborough, the town combines quaint 18th-century charm with rugged tenacity; its maritime history includes whaling and even exploring (there’s a monument to Captain Cook, who began his career here). There’s an old-world feel to Whitby’s seaside, a world of donkey rides, sandcastles, and fish and chips. And at the end of the day, it’s a great place from which to explore England’s wildest coast.
Car is by far the easiest way to get to Whitby, which is a two-hour drive from the nearest major city, Leeds. The closest airports are Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), Teesside International Airport (MME), and Newcastle International Airport (NCL), although London and Edinburgh will offer more connections. There is a station in town, but you’ll need to be prepared to change trains, wherever you’re coming from. The Coastliner bus runs up and down the Yorkshire coast and offers fantastic views from the window. However you arrive, don’t miss the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, whose steam locomotives offer a delightful journey through the Esk River Valley.
Watch out for the winds on the North Yorkshire coast — they’re liable to blow you around a bit. It’s worth packing plenty of warm gear, no matter the season. Layers, light coats, and a waterproof jacket or poncho are essential, especially if you’re planning on doing some walking: It rains here just as much in the summer as it does in the winter, and sometimes more. Temperatures climb to an average high of 62 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August and drop to an average low of 42 degrees in January and February. April and May tend to be the driest months.
These haunting Gothic ruins date back to the 7th century, and the abbey was operational until Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, 900 years later. Come for the creep factor (the abbey is said to be haunted), but stay for the sweeping views of the majestic North Sea.
A three-hour scenic walk from Whitby takes you along a stunning section of the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast and deposits you in a picturesque fishing village packed with colorful pubs and cafes, as well as a dog-friendly beach. Explore the beach’s many rock pools — you might come across an ancient fossil if you’re lucky.
This 12th-century parish church, situated high upon a cliff overlooking the mouth of the River Esk, is interesting enough, but it’s the stairs up to its graveyard that are the must-visit. They’re the 199 steps made famous at the denouement of Dracula: the vampire himself ran up them in the shape of a black dog.