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Town Trail:Whitby Trail - Fish, Fangs and Fossils at Whitby Town

Town Trail, free entry

Whale Bone Arch

Whale Bone Arch

© Rory Walsh RGS-IBG Discovering Britain

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This walk has been provided by Discovering Britain.

Whitby is a pretty coastal town surrounded by the North York Moors. Generations of holidaymakers have fallen for its scenery, seafood and literary links with Dracula.

But Whitby is literally a town with two sides. Cut in half by the River Esk, Whitby lies between two steep cliffs. This landscape reflects a split personality, a town that revels in contrasts – sea and land, day and night, wealth and poverty, life and death…

This trail looks at some of the ‘dark’ and mysterious forces that have shaped Whitby long before a famous vampire sank his teeth into it.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire
Start point: Whalebone Arch, East Terrace, YO21 3EL
Finish point: Church of St Mary, Church Lane, YO22 4DP
Grid reference: NZ 89732 11430
Be prepared: There are 199 steps to the final stop plus some narrow lanes without pavements. Wear sensible footwear and take your time.
Keep an eye out for: A lost polar bear above your head!

For full written guide for this walk see attached PDF at top of page.

Walk Route: See weblink below

Access: hills, cobbles, steps

Duration: 60 - 90 mins

Miles: 1

Cash PointCoach parties acceptedEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Open all the time


Free entry


North Yorkshire,
YO21 1YN



See location of Whitby Town on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NZ 898108  Lat: 54.48461 Long: -0.61539

By Road:
Accessed from the A174 or A171 north, the A171 south from Scarborough, the A169 west from Pickering.

By Public Transport:
Whitby can still be reached by rail on the Esk Valley Line from Middlesbrough and from Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, connecting to the former line at Grosmont.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Whitby station


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted