28. A linear Coastal Walk from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay via Saltwick Bay, a grand cheap day out via Public Transport!
Scenes of Whitby and surrounding area
Walking down from Castleton Village to catch the 11.20 am train from Castleton Station for a run down to Whitby on the very scenic Esk Valley Railway Line (£4.30 day return in December 2009, plus free prepared picnic in rucksack!)
After the lovely ride down to Whitby, a brisk walk over the Whitby harbour bridge, along Church Street and up the 199 steps, en-route you get a good view of the harbour entrance - just as a fishing boat is leaving and heading out into the cold North Sea.
You then pass St Mary's Church and on leaving the graveyard you pass the old cross by Whitby Abbey and then you soon take a left turn through a farmyard and head down to the coastal path which is part of the Cleveland Way and will take you all the way to Robin Hoods Bay.
Looking back towards Whitby - Whitby Abbey on the left and Whitby Harbour entrance and the old Whitby lighthouse on the right. To complete a magnificent view, in the distance is Sandsend and on this lovely section of coastal walking on the Cleveland way.
Looks like the waste from alum mining? - when the alum mineral was roasted you get a pink waste (the little pink waste tip on the left).
Two scenes of Saltwick Bay
At Saltwick Bay there is a large caravan site, but it does have a cafe, but only open in the summer?
Saltwick Bay caravan site, Saltwick beach and Saltwick Nab.
The Whitby Fog signal station on Whitestone Point.
The big foghorn and lighthouse.
Typical scenary on this coastal stretch of the Cleveland Way.
Layer upon layer of sedimentary rocks make up the cliffs along this stretch of coast.
Layer upon layer of sedimentary rocks make up the cliffs near the National Trust land at Bottom House.
From one National Trust property you move on to another as you approach Bay Ness.
The cliffs of Bay Ness.
Just before entering Robin Hoods Bay you turn away from the sea to enter the upper part of the village. Is that a CG lookout up on the left?
A humble coast guard (CG on OS map) lookout point near Robin Hoods Bay and a small fishing-lobster boat out in the vast North Sea.
Near the National Trust property called Rocket Post Field, there is an old railway bridge that once carried the rails and trains of the Whitby <=> Scarborough railway line that closed in the 1960's.
The on into Robin Hoods Bay.
A curious millennium stone sculpture overlooking Robin Hoods Bay as the sun sets on a smashing day out.
Then, out with the senior bus pass for a free ride on the 3.21 pm No 93 bus back to Whitby (they run every hour, most of the time, on most days) and catch the 4.05 pm train back to Castleton. It is the school train! but that's ok, I taught the student-pupil passenger's predecessors for 25 years! Nothing new to learn or experience and in fact they were well behaved and overall a a splendid day out for £4.30!
Pictures of North Yorkshire, England
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