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North Yorkshire Coast

Updated on August 9, 2015
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If you're visiting England, don't miss the Yorkshire Coast

Isn't it strange how when you're a kid you take things for granted? I certainly did.

Just wait until you see the photograph further down the page - these are some of the places we often used to go to. They were only about an hour away from home by car so we just took them for granted.

It's only now, looking back, that I can see how lucky we were.

When I was last in London, it was full of Japanese people. And Germans. Australians. Americans. People from everywhere in the world.

Which is great - London is a multi-cultural city like everywhere in England - but so many people just visit London when they go to the UK.

That's such a shame when there are so many other wonderful places. Today, I'm going to show you three places that are popular with the English but few people from overseas know about. Ssh - it can be our secret.


Whitby, Staithes & Robin Hood's Bay

All these three places are fishing villages that have an enormous amount of history. Yorkshire is less than two hours away from London by train - depending on which area you're going to.This means that if you're based in a London hotel you can visit for just a day although you'll probably be sorry if you don't spend more time there - take a weekend at least.

Robin Hood's Bay

How's that for a picturesque name?

Robin Hood's Bay is the most southerly of the three villages and like the others is made up of a warren of old cottages on narrow lanes,many of them incredibly steep as they meander down to the sea. This made the village the ideal spot for smuggling in days gone by.

They do say that many of the old cottages are linked by underground tunnels that helped the smugglers of the day distribute their bounty.The smuggled goods were mainly booze and I approve wholeheartedly.

That's why, in memory of the smuggling days, I don't think I've ever been to Robin Hood's Bay and not spent some time at the seafront pub at the bottom of the hill. It's a great excuse.

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Whitby

Whitby is only five miles further to the north. It's the largest of our three villages - so much so that we can call it a town. Therefore it's the busiest and the most commercial. It's a good idea to head for Whitby at lunchtime because it's where you'll get the most excellent fish and chips.

Whenever I think about Whitby or look at the photographs below, I can smell that old familiar aroma of freshly caught fish, vinegar and the lovely bracing sea air that builds up a wonderful appetite.Whitby is famous for it's black jet jewelry and other goods so if you're looking for souvenirs, black jet is perfect. Or look for reproductions of Frank Sutcliffe's wonderful photographs - see below.

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Staithes

Ten miles further north is Staithes, also an historic fishing village and similar to the other two places in that its dwellings are small and situated on narrow cobbled streets.There's such a sense of history here and again, a visit to one of the local pubs is a must.

I'm terribly biased of course but Yorkshire people are the best in the world so be sure to chat with some locals - you never know what stories you might hear.

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Frank Sutcliffe photographs

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I've just had a wonderful time revisiting these fantastic photographs.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      I love this lense. I live about 45 miles from Whitby and I visit regularly. It's a wonderful place.

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      I have been to this area and it is truly beautiful. North Yorkshire coastline on a sunny day is as good as anywhere in the world.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      A part of the UK I would love to spend more time visiting. I have been to Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby but only spent a little time in each location. Your photos make me realise just what I have been missing. Must get back there soon.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks for visiting.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Lovely collection of photos bringing the beauty of such a beautiful coastline to us, the ones that will never see it, wish I could, it's like NZ coasts so many different views to see it from, just goes on and on. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @katiesnow: They are similar in many ways.When we were kids, we used to go to St Mawes in Cornwall - that was wonderful.

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      katiesnow 4 years ago

      my best friend owns a pub in Cornwall...it is so beautiful there as well

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @stereomike83: I can smell those Whitby fish & chips right now!

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      stereomike83 4 years ago from UK

      The best thing about Whitby for us was Amazing Gluten Free fish & chips!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Colin323: I haven't done the full walk but I do remember the wind -I thought I was going to blow away!

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      I've walked this coast from Saltburn to Scarborough (Cleveland Way). Glorious coastline; great pubs on the way; but take your raincoat! Really nice lens this, with fabulous photos.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DreyaB: Great advice!

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Sounds like a wonderful leg to add to my UK trip (which hopefully will be in 2015!)

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      I love these places too. We have friends who live near and in some of these places. If you go to Whitby try timing it for the Goth weekends at the end of either April or October, they are certainly great events and there's some real sights with people in period, Goth or steampunk dress! If you want Whitby jet pop into The Ebor Jetworks where our friends craft amazing jewellery. Bringing back memories for me again britflorida... Wonderful! :0)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SheGetsCreative: There's so much to see and do - have a wonderful trip!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Lady Lorelei: It's so lovely. I wish I'd appreciated at the time.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow it looks gorgeous along the coast. How beautiful indeed it would have been to live there.

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