So, after spending the afternoon on the beach in Robin Hood's Bay, we headed into Whitby for the main event. It's always been one of my favourite places, and happily now it's become one of my family's.

For me it's the variety and the atmosphere. The scale is small enough for you to feel a part of it, but the range is broad enough for you to not feel bored. I think it has a lot to do with the contrasts. And the look of the place. Whitby does have its 'modern' side, but it's also steeped in its own history. Think of the old town and the Abbey on one side of the Esk, and the busy town and amusement arcades on the other. Think of the legendary fish and chip shops, like the Magpie Cafe, and then think of Moutreys or Greens or Luna Piena, and many other very different types of restaurant. The bustling port and the wonderful sandy beach. The piers, the beach huts, The Cook statue, the seagulls, the jet shops, the bridge and the cliffs... and of course, the ever-changing weather

Whitby has beauty at every turn, and that's what draws me back time and time again.


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