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|Whitby Dracula Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 04 Jun 2013||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Whitby|
|A 4.5 mile circular trail from Whitby in North Yorkshire, taking in many of the landmarks that form the setting for Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula. The route follows a short section of the cliff top path (the Cleveland Way) with great views out across the North Sea, before looping in land on quiet rural lanes to reach the town. The remainder of the walk takes in many of the streets and landmarks of Whitby including the harbour, the swing bridge, East Crescent, the famous 199 steps and the ruins of Whitby Abbey. It doesn’t take long to understand how the beguiling beauty of the town helped to inspire Stoker’s creative flair – although on a bright sunny day there really is nothing sinister about Whitby! And you don’t believe in vampires anyway, do you? |
The route follows a mixture of pavements, quiet lanes, paved/stone paths plus one section of grass footpath. There is one kissing gate plus several flights of steps and several climbs and descents throughout. Approximate time 2 hours, plus additional time to visit any of the attractions.
The walk starts from the Abbey Car Park – the open-air long-stay pay and display car park on Abbey Lane in Whitby. Follow the brown signs for the abbey from the A171 Whitby to Scarborough road. Approximate post code YO22 4JT.
|Start to Cleveland Way|
Start point: 54.486 lat, -0.6045 long
To begin the walk, leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left onto Abbey Lane, following the paved raised walkway alongside it. You will have great views of Whitby Abbey ruins over the wall to your left.
|Cleveland Way to Hawkser Lane|
Start point: 54.4892 lat, -0.6075 long
Follow the tarmac path as it swings steadily right and keep ahead onto the stone coastal path marked with an acorn symbol. Take time to enjoy the views of the cliffs and rocks below.
|Hawkser Lane to The Ropery|
Start point: 54.4796 lat, -0.592 long
Turn right along Hawkser Lane (taking care of any traffic), heading once again for the abbey ruin in the distance. As you reach the power lines passing overhead, turn left onto the signed public footpath. Follow the grass path which runs alongside a line of telegraph poles. At the end of the path, pass through an old kissing gate and keep ahead on the rough tarmac lane between stone cottages.
|The Ropery to Whitby Bridge|
Start point: 54.4821 lat, -0.6075 long
Continue down the residential street for some distance. Alongside property number 52 on the left, fork left down the cobbled slope. When you reach an open square of cobbles cross diagonally to continue on the cobbled slope downhill. The slope emerges to a T-junction with Church Street, with the harbour in front of you.
|Whitby Bridge to East Crescent|
Start point: 54.4871 lat, -0.6127 long
At the far side of the bridge turn right to follow the pavement alongside the quay. After just a few yards (and about 4 properties before the Buck Inn) turn left up St Anne’s Lane – a narrow stepped alleyway. At the top of the alley keep ahead uphill along Flowergate and then take the first right down the narrow Cliff Street.
|East Crescent to Dracula Memorial Bench|
Start point: 54.4886 lat, -0.6164 long
Continue on the road heading uphill and swinging right. At the end of the curve of houses, turn right down the steps into the park area and follow the slope to the right to reach the zebra crossing. Cross and turn left and after just a few paces fork right up the grass bank to your right.
|Dracula Memorial Bench to Tate Hill Pier|
Start point: 54.4892 lat, -0.6155 long
When you’ve finished admiring the views, return to the road and turn right heading downhill (up on the hill on the left you’ll see the Whalebone Arch – a reminder of Whitby’s past as a whaling port). After just a few paces, turn right through an arched tunnel.
|Tate Hill Pier to End|
Start point: 54.4895 lat, -0.6128 long
It was on this pier that the Russian Ship Demeter was washed up and Dracula came to shore. ‘The schooner paused not, but rushing across the harbour, pitched herself on that accumulation of sand and gravel washed by many tides and many storms into the south-east corner of...Tate Hill Pier...the very instant the shore was touched, an immense dog sprang up on deck from below...it disappeared in the darkness.’
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Great walk but found some of the steps up and down quite hard with my breathing problems. Weather was fab today
|By plattyfc54 on 12 Sep 2017|
great walk around the town, beautiful views of coast and surrounding area
|By davidrout on 09 Feb 2015|
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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Uploaded: 20 Jun 2013
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Uploaded: 20 Jun 2013
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