We have spent the last two days exploring the picturesque Yorkshire town of Whitby.
Whitby is famous for being a vibrant fishing village and it does not disappoint. Yesterday was bank holiday Monday and typically everywhere was absolutely jammed packed! Parking is a premium on days like this, it’s also quite expensive at £5 for 4 hours.
Eventually we found parking and headed off to wander the streets. First on the agenda was finding the penny arcades, L was champing at the bit to play on the machines. Along the way to spotted lots of people fishing for crabs from the pier. We stopped to ogle at the crabs in the buckets (I’m told that most people throw them back) before heading along the harbour front to the arcades.
As expected the arcades were super busy but we managed to play on a few 2p machines, the end result was a Smurfette keyring (most expensive keyring ever bought!). L was chuffed though and we promised after some lunch that we would come back.
As you can imagine Whitby is the home of the fish and chip shop! There are so many places to buy takeaway fish and chips as well as sit down restaurants. There are award winning restaurants on every corner! Most excitingly so many of them offer gluten free options. So for me old Coeliac Sally this was amazing! We settled on the Harbour View Cafe. Unfortunately I didn’t get photos of the food or the inside of the restaurant. G and I had the special (cod, chips and mushy peas with a tea or coffee for £10.95!) and L had his usual of sausages, chips and beans. Our meal was so filling and was really quite tasty!
Bellies full we headed back to the arcades where L managed two more wins on the 2p machines! He was one happy camper!
We spotted an icecream parlour next the arcades and decided that icecream was definitely on the agenda. We then headed along the harbour taking in the stunning views of the harbour and the abbey. We walked down the slipway onto the beautiful beach and took in all of the sights and sounds!
Graham was keen to see the whale bone arch at the top of the hill that overlooks the township. It is a fairly steep stairway up to the top but the view makes the journey well worth it!
We decided to head off back to our little caravan after that with full tummies and tired legs. It was on our way back that we unfortunately walked right into the middle of an emergency. One of the fish and chip shops along the front had caught fire and flames were billowing from the roof! The emergency services were arriving as we walked past and thankfully we have since learned that no one was injured! L hasn’t stopped talking about the fire engines (there were 5 in total!) So concluded our first day exploring Whitby!
Today we decided that we wanted to explore a bit more so we made our way back into the town. We actually managed free parking on the street! It was alot less busy today and was a little more like a sleepy seaside town.
We wandered through the little alleys and explored the knooks and crannies a bit more. We came across some weird and wonderful shops! We also stumbled a cafe called The Cranberry Swamp. An almost entirely gluten free cafe. Needless to say we stopped in for a coffee and cake. We sampled the chocolate cake, mocha slice and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. Oh my word that were all delicious! The cafe also does light meals and tapas every Friday night! I would definitely recommend a visit, L and G are not gluten free as a rule and they really enjoyed the cakes.
L was insistent that we visit the arcades again and today we had much more luck than yesterday. 4 wins in total…..and yet more stuff we have to cart home with us!
We then crossed over the Harbour bridge and weaved through more little side streets before heading back to the car. Tomorrow we are planning on visiting the Captain Cook museum and Whitby Abbey, we may even tackle the 199 steps!!
Whitby really is a beautiful part of the Yorkshire coastline.
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