North York Moors CAM

 

Thursday 26th July 2001

Weather: Warm & sunny

A late afternoon stroll around Whitby


 

From high up on West Cliff we get a good view of Whitby harbour's twin piers

It's late afternoon / early evening but there are still a few people on the beach and children paddling in the sea

 

The breeding pairs of herring gulls are rapidly on the increase - some locals have asked for a cull to bring the numbers down
- I still love to see and hear them though, Whitby just wouldn't be the same without them

 

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We strolled along the West Pier enjoying a bag of fish and chips

This pier was first mentioned in the reign of Henry VIII who ordered its maintenance with timber from the 'King's Wood'
- it was rebuilt in 1632 with stone in a timber frame.
At one time, the head of the pier boasted a six-gun battery which was dismantled after the Napoleonic Wars.

 

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The ornate lamp-posts look as though they've had a recent coat of paint

 

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The extensions, made of concrete and timber complete with decking, do much to reduce the swell in the harbour
- completed in 1912, today they form a delightful promenade, though they are closed to the public during heavy seas

 

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The handsome lighthouse (above left) on West Pier was built in 1831 - it is 80 feet high in the form of a Greek Doric column
complete with an octagonal lantern

The smaller lighthouse (above right) on East Pier was erected in 1854
The craft passing below it is a former lifeboat, now, deservedly, enjoying safer seas taking people out on pleasure trips

 

In the far distance, looking south-east beyond East Pier, can be seen Saltwick Nab

Closer up, the contours of parts of the Nab show remaining evidence of former alum works
- over the years it has been the site of many a shipwreck

 

Looking across the harbour towards the Abbey and St Mary's Church

Much work has been done in the past year below the cliffs to strengthen the land against further erosion
from the battering storms of the North Sea

Last year's cliff-fall can be clearly seen below the abbey ruins - the houses are part of Henrietta Street

 

Looking the other way, as the sun gets lower, we enjoy the view across today's calm waters towards Sandsend Ness

 

Leaving West Pier we walk along Pier Road glancing back across the peaceful harbour towards its mouth

Today's modern lifeboat can be seen moored (centre right) - let's hope it stays there without being called upon . . .

 

The tranquil view south-east from the swing-bridge

 

I just love this place - here, tidy stacks of lobster pots line the harbour sides . . .

 

. . . while the boats are ready to take them out to sea another day, maybe tomorrow . . .


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