Scarborough - Whitby Easter Break


Thu-Mon Mar 28th-Apr 1st


Diane and Brian


£149.00 inclusive of supplement. £10 supplement for attendees from Meetup.


We are spending the Easter holiday at Scarborough and Whitby on the North Yorkshire Coast. Scarbough is the "Queen of the Resorts" with long sandy beaches, Norman Castle and the oldest cliff railway in England. Whitby is a fascinating historic town with 7th century Abbey, great clifftop walks and a steam railway. The twin town plan is due to hostel unavailability on Thursday. Instead, our first venue is the wonderful Grand Hotel at Scarborough, built in 1867 as the largest hotel in Europe to welcome the crowds after the arrival of the railway.

Day 1: Early arrivals will join us for an exploration of Scarborough beaches and clifftop esplanade. We will visit Scarborough Spa (Victorian entertainment palace designed by Paxton) and the Norman castle high on the cliffs dominating the region. Walk includes the four funiculars featured in Mr Portillo's programme. Many choices for meals and entertainment.

Day 2: Departing Scarborough early we will arrive at Whitby, just 1 hour by bus. After storing luggage, we plan a 4-mile beach walk from Whitby to Sandsend. If low tide, we can take in the vast beaches and rock formations of this coast. Cafes and pubs at Sandsend. Option to walks back via Cleveland Way on coastal path or regular buses back to Whitby. Option for meal at the famous Magpie restaurant, claimed best fish and chips in England.

Day 3: We plan an 11-mile exhilarating coastal walk from Whitby to Ravenscar. This follows the Cleveland Way along the clifftops with descents to the fishing villages on route. We will visit Robin Hood Bay, perhaps the most scenic village on Yorkshire coast, the narrow twisting alleyways leading down the deep ravine to the hidden fishing harbour. We cross the Boggle Hole (famous coast for fossil finds) and then climb to Ravenscar, the "lost resort". Envisaged as a new attraction on the just built railway line it was abandoned as unviable. The walk ends at the always welcome tea shop where, after tiffin, we plan shared taxis back to base. Short cut option to walk to Robin Hood Bay then bus back.

Day 4: We plan a day out on the busiest steam railway in England, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. It departs from Whitby on a 24-mile route through the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. End station is Pickering where we have lunch at the heritage station tea rooms. We then alight at Newton Dale for a 7-mile walk across the heather covered moors to reach Goathland. This was Aidensfield in "Heartbeat". The station was also Hogsmeade in Harry Potter. We then catch the steam railway back to Whitby.

Day 5: On our final day we aim to take a boat trip from Whitby. There is the possibility of joining the crew on the "Bark Endeavor", a replica sailing ship based on Captain Cook's own vessel. Whitby and Scarbough are full of museums and attractions before journey home.


Hotel and hostel offer full catering and packed lunches. On walks there are cafes, pubs and shops on route.


LNER express trains Kings Cross to Scarborough (change at York). Frequent buses from Scarborough to Whitby. Arranging lifts is an individual responsibility and is not arranged by leaders.


Thursday night, twin and single rooms available at The Grand Scarborough, St Nicolas Cliff, Scarborough YO11 2ET. Friday to Monday, beds in private dorms at YHA Whitby. This is a magnificent Grade 1 Mansion within the Abbey grounds. YHA Whitby, East Cliff, Abbey House, Whitby, YO22 4JT.


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