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Whitby (population  13,000)  is an attractive historic town surrounded by the North York Moors. Whitby is built on both sides of the small estuary of the river Esk centred on Whitby harbour which is overlooked by the ruins of Whitby Abbey. The coast at Whitby almost faces North so is exposed to Northerly winds and seas. Whitby is a historic town with links to Captain Cook, Dracula, whaling, jet jewelry, boat building and fishing. Whitby was an important fishing port until very recently. The fishing fleet here is a shadow of its former self due to diminishing stocks and regulations. There are many old buildings and narrow streets. Whitby is a real honeypot and parts can get very crowded at times.The large sandy beach extends North to Sandsend and providing the tide is out there is plenty of room for all. Probably the most photogenic and historic town on the Yorkshire Coast

Beach and piers

The beach is to the north west of the harbour and has good quality sand close to the pier. The beach extends for several miles to Sandsend. Walking along the the beach from Whitby to Sandsend and back is a popular walk. The sand becomes more coarse in parts as you go towards Sandsend. There is virtually no sand at all to the south east of the harbour although there is some sand  inside the harbour of variable quality.
Wnitby beach from
Walking along the beach between Sandsend and Whitby
Sandsend near Whitby

Sandsend has car parking and has some popular shore fishing marks although some are on the cliffs to the North West so are not for the novice angler. There are many rock fishing marks around this stretch of the coast but most do not make for easy fishing.

Whitby Harbour Entrance from East
                      side of Whitby
Whitby's impressive East and West Piers

The extension to Whitby's West Pier is a popular shore angling place and a good place to watch the boat traffic coming and going. This is the North East  Sea Fisheries launch
Whitby West
                      Pier end
The extension to Whitby's West pier.
                      Pirate Ship
Tale a trip on the replica of HMS Endeavour

Whitby has a 4/10 scale replica of Captain Cook's HMS Endeavour.  It has appeared in quite a few TV shows.

When in Whitby you can also have a trip on the old Whitby lifeboat.

There is also the largest number of boats on the Yorkshire coast that take angling trips probably because the boat fishing is generally better here.

There is a small but interesting free RNLI museum on the harbour side. Well worth a visit

Whitby Old Lifeboat
Take a boat trip on the old Whitby Lifeboat
Whitby Fish Quay
Whitby fish quay

Whitby is famous for its fish and chips.  I have always had good quality fish and chips from any of the fish and chip shops behind the fish quay. It may not be caught locally anymore but it is high quality with some of the shops knowing which boat caught their fish and how. I would always go for line caught fish if given the choice. I have worked both methods myself and line caught fish is generally higher quality due to the fish being alive when brought aboard and then individually dealt with straight away.

Most people on a  visit to Whitby walk from the West Pier area to the East side of Whitby which has very narrow old streets with a mixed collection of interesting shops and attractions with quite a few Jet themed shops.
 Whitby Old Market
The old market square
 Whitby Old Town
Walking along to Whitby Abbey steps and the East Pier

There is also a good museum in Whitby which has good information all local History including the Jet industry and Fossils.

Whitby is famous for its fossils and you can arrange fossil hunting trips with a qualified palaeontologist

 Frank Sutcliffes Photos are world famous. They are lovely artistic portrayals of how life was in and around Whitby around 1900.