North York Moors CAM
Monday 22nd May 2000
( fine - mainly sunny )
No trip to Whitby
is complete without a visit up the few steps to West Cliff to see
the memorial statue to Captain James Cook and the view east from the famous whale's jawbones
The attraction of West Cliff is the peace and quiet away from the busy harbour area and the panoramic views . . .
. . . here looking west towards Sandsend Ness with the colourful beach chalets below and 'anyone for crazy golf ?'
The view east from near the jawbones across to St Mary's Church and the Abbey ruins
The new bandstand has only been recently completed
It's always worth having a look down the narrow, little alleys that branch from Whitby's main streets . . .
. . . this is Bake
House Yard where lived Henry Freeman, a famous Whitby Lifeboat Coxwain -
a nearby plaque pays tribute to him as well as the many brave men who accompanied him on his perilous missions
Down at the harbour side we see the swing-bridge which can be opened for the passage of large vessels . . .
. . . and look back to West Cliff from across the other side
Another narrow alleyway leads us to a splendid little craft shop
Now in well earned semi-retirement, the old lifeboat sails out of the harbour taking tourists on a pleasure cruise
From the jetty on
the south-east side of the harbour we see a few colourful boats
and The Fleece pub where many a day's catch takings will have been spent in merryment
Looking across to the south-east jetty and The Fleece from the opposite side of Whitby Harbour
This is what the town's all about as the brave fishermen set sail for the open waters of the North Sea . . .
. . . let's pray they come home safe and sound through the welcome harbour entrance in a few days time.
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