Renowned as perhaps Yorkshire’s spookiest town, mainly because of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Whitby and its skyline are dominated by the ruins of St Hilda’s Abbey, ironically voted Britain’s most romantic place. But ghosts and vampires aside, Whitby is a beautiful fishing district, divided into two halves by the River Esk which runs from the moors along Eskdale through to the North Sea. Consequently the old port town is clustered on the east side of the harbour beneath the cliffs, with the newer Victorian seaside resort lying on the West Cliff. The harbour itself is very much a mix of both the old and the new; a combination of traditional fishing boats, modern trawlers and other pleasure craft.
Why go? The two beaches boast over two miles of sand. Perfect for summer sunbathing and winter walking.
Don’t miss: The town is famous for its 199 steps, and many people make the pilgrimage to admire the panoramic view from the top.
Where to eat: An award-winning restaurant and bistro boasting the best ‘catch of the day’. Green’s also has a number of stylish boutique apartments, perfect for a short break. Green’s of Whitby
01947 600284 www.greensofwhitby.com
Where to stay: In one of Sandy Shore Holiday's two beautifully furnished apartments, right in the heart of Whitby. Both apartments have been recently renovated to an exceptionally high standard, creating that all important home-from-home feel – think sumptuosly soft king sized beds and cosy sofas to curl up on at the end of the day. Underfloor heating is an added luxury that makes these apartments the perfect winter getaway. And, they make the perfect base from which to enjoy a stroll along the traditional pier for piping hot fish and chips, followed by a deliciously indulgent local ice cream. www.sandyshoreholidays.co.uk