We were planning on coming here early on new year's day and went to York instead. Turned out to be a good choice, another friend did go and said the world and his wife was there. York, nicely quiet. Whitby is always busy! Although I have to say a cold, crisp and sunny January morning, with frost on the ground and the Abbey would look lovely.
Instead we went on a really lovely summer's day. The beach and the rest of the town was packed. Oddly thought, the Abbey was quiet. You couldn't say we had it to ourselves but it was by no means busy. The drive through the North York Mores to get there was lovely (Middelsborough excepted). One of the things about Whitby is that it is in the arse-end of nowhere... Says the man who lives in Berwick!
We both commented on how, if you only drive a bit further North, you have massive empty beaches. Although it looks like a nice beach, its tiny and packed. Overall, not a patch on the beaches of Northumberland, TBH.
Although I have to say the rollmops I had and the icecreams that everyone else had were tip-top! If you are after a traditional British seaside experience, then this is pretty darn good.
The reason I wanted to come though was the Abbey, which is a short but steep climb up from the town. This was the route taken by Dracula as he fled the wreckage of his ship up into the graveyard and abbey ruins.
This ruin really needed the black and white treatment. What I'm after next is snow on the ground and resting on the tops of the ruins... Not in July though.
Whitby Abbey is, as they mention now and then in the town, the place that Bram Stoker used as the basis for Count Dracula's castle. By the time he came to Whitby, Stoker was already planning a vampire tale. He used his time in here to research and develop his ideas. Until his Whitby stay, his protagonist was a going to be called Count Wampyr. Dracula means son of the dragon and devil in the Wallachian language.
We finished our trip with a picnic at the park and ride, which sounds weird but was really nice. A lovely grassy bank with the town and sea away in front of us in the distance and the North Yorks Moores to our left and right. Not much traffic about so quite peacful. We just lounged around for an hour or so in the sun and stuffed our faces with traditional picninc goodies. V. nice!
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.