Whitby Trail - Fish, Fangs and Fossils

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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.

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  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Cash Point


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking
  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)


  • Accessibility of route - hills, cobbles, steps
  • Description of route - See weblink below
  • Length of route (miles) - 1
  • Typical duration of route - 60 - 90 mins

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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

Public Transport Directions

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. Accessible by Public Transport: Whitby station is 0 miles away.

Whitby Trail - Fish, Fangs and Fossils

Type:Town Trail

Whitby Town, WHITBY, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YN
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Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

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