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Whitby Lighthouses

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Whitby Lighthouses
Author: chris12345, Published: 20 Jan 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Whitby Lighthouses Walking Guide star1 Whitby Lighthouses Walking Guide star1 Whitby Lighthouses Walking Guide star1 Whitby Lighthouses Walking Guide star1 Whitby Lighthouses Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Whitby
Walk Type: Coastal
Whitby Lighthouses
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Whitby Lighthouses Walking Guide boot Whitby Lighthouses Walking Guide boot Whitby Lighthouses Walking Guide boot Whitby Lighthouses Walking Guide
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A 4 mile walk around Whitby, taking in the two piers, the beach (tide permitting) and the Captain Cook Monument.The walk affords excellent coastal and town views.

The walk is mostly flat, but there are several steep climbs and descents, with steps. There is also a beach section (tide permitting). Tide tables MUST be consulted to ensure the tide will be going out whilst you are on the beach. Care must also be taken on the second of the two piers as there are no barriers at the edges of the pier, and it is unwise to venture out onto this should the tide be coming in (especially in bad weather).

Whitby is located on the A171, north of Scarborough. There is plenty of parking, either pay and display or meter. Toilets are located on the main harbour pay and display car park. The walk starts alongside the swing bridge in the centre of Whitby.

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Walk Sections

Start to End of First Pier
Start to End of First Pier

Start point: 54.4868 lat, -0.6137 long
End point: 54.4942 lat, -0.6132 long

The walk starts near the swing bridge in the centre of Whitby. Head down St Anne’s Staith (heading towards the sea with the River Esk estuary on your right) and onto Pier Road. Keep following this road until you reach the pier. There are interesting views over the harbour wall and a good view of the 199 steps below the Abbey on the other side of the river. Continue along the pier. The first lighthouse is the tallest of the two and there are several plaques to read. You may be able to pass the barrier behind the lighthouse and walk down the final section of the pier.

End of First Pier to Beach Steps
End of First Pier to Beach Steps

Start point: 54.4942 lat, -0.6132 long
End point: 54.493 lat, -0.6297 long

Return along the pier and, at the end, double back on yourself to the right and descend down on to the beach (tide permitting). Stroll along the beach past all the multi-coloured beach huts. Don’t forget you have the piers and Whitby Abbey behind you, so look behind you occasionally! Once past all the beach huts, look for some rocks on the beach. Just beyond the start of these there are steps up onto the Cleveland Way.

Beach Steps to Captain Cook Monument
Beach Steps to Captain Cook Monument

Start point: 54.493 lat, -0.6297 long
End point: 54.4906 lat, -0.6156 long

Climb the steps. There are several paths up the hillside and it doesn’t matter which you take, just keep going up. At the top, head back towards Whitby, past the miniature golf course. Eventually you will come to the Captain Cook Monument and the Whale Bone Arch. There is a small seating area beyond the grass which gives excellent views of the harbour and piers.

Captain Cook Monument to Bridge
Captain Cook Monument to Bridge

Start point: 54.4906 lat, -0.6156 long
End point: 54.487 lat, -0.6132 long

Descend the steps down and then descend the Khyber Pass (yes, that is what this street is called!) until you reach Pier Road. Return back along St. Anne’s Staith and turn left over the bridge. This area is often frequented by street musicians.

Bridge to Second Pier
Bridge to Second Pier

Start point: 54.487 lat, -0.6132 long
End point: 54.4929 lat, -0.6118 long

Once over the bridge turn left into Sandgate. Follow this road until you see a little alleyway on your right. Take this alleyway which takes you on to Church Street and turn left along Church Street. At the end of Church Street turn right onto Church Lane. Bear left (when you get to the bottom of the famous 199 steps) and follow Henrietta Street. Follow this street right to the end, until you see a path descending down to the other pier. This is very steep and could be slippery when wet. There are excellent views of the harbour from here. Make your way down and onto the second pier. There is a slipway down on to the beach (you can go down there later if you wish, but it is VERY slippery – be warned). Out on the end of this pier is the second, smaller, lighthouse. You cannot walk further than this as there is no access onto the other pier extension (unlike the first pier). There are excellent views down the coast from here. You can see right down to Saltwick Nab.

Second Pier to End
Second Pier to End

Start point: 54.4929 lat, -0.6118 long
End point: 54.4859 lat, -0.6134 long

Once you’ve finished here take your time on your return, strolling back through the narrow streets until you reach the bridge. Cross it, and turn left to take in the harbour boats and a view of the Abbey behind you. In the summer, there may also be families trying to catch crabs over the harbour wall.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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