Coastal Villages

5 great things to do around Whitby

It’s common knowledge that the town of Whitby has lots to keep visitors busy, but we thought you might be wondering what there is to see and do around the area, so we’ve put together a list of 5 great things to do around Whitby…

1. Go fossil huntingFossil

The stretch of Heritage Coast on which Whitby is located is otherwise known as the Dinosaur Coast, due to it having some of the most impressive Jurassic and Cretaceous geology discovered by man to date. Fossils surface daily as the coastline erodes, and if you’re really lucky you may even spot a dinosaur footprint in the stone south of Ravenscar. Check out our fossil hunting tips here.

2. Take a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway country train ride
North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The beautiful steam trains have lovely wood-panelled carriages and are a great way to travel into the stunning North York Moors countryside. From Whitby the line runs through Grosmont, Goathland, Newton Dale Halt, Levisham and Pickering.

3. Explore the coastal villages

Yorkshire’s Heritage Coast is a very special place, with superb beaches and cliffs, and character-filled towns and villages. Heading north from Whitby you’ll reach Sandsend, Runswick Bay, Staithes and Saltburn by the Sea, and just north of the Heritage Coastline is Redcar. South from Whitby you’ll find Robin Hood’s Bay, Ravenscar and Scarborough.

4. Go walking in the North York Moors National Park

walkers in the moors

The Park has over 1,400 miles of tracks and paths to explore, and is a beautiful and diverse area. Although generally thought of as abounding in heather-clad dales, the North York Moors National Park has valleys, inland headlands and coastal cliffs, and is home to more woodland and forests than any other National Park in England.

5. Walk to Sandsend

When the tide is out you can walk all the way from Whitby to Sandsend along the seafront. It’s only about a couple of miles and you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful stretch of beach when you get there. Walk in the other direction, from Sandsend to Whitby, and treat yourself to some fish and chips at one of Whitby’s many fresh fish restaurants or takeaways.