Robin Hood’s Bay
A 10 minute drive south of Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay is one of the most picturesque fishing villages in the North. Park at the top of the hill and make your way down the winding road (you won’t get lost, there is only one road!) to the harbour. Take a look in the various souvenir and sweet shops on the way down; almost all of them are independently owned by the locals. At the bottom of the hill you’ll come to the beach, famous for it’s fossils, many of which can still be seen in the cliff face. For photographers, some fantastic shots of the cliffs can be taken by heading up the hill to the left of the entrance to the beach. When you’re done, head back up the road to the car park, stopping off for fish and chips or a cream tea on the way.
Photo: Bods – Flickr
Home to the now-retired 1960s police drama Heartbeat (and also used in for the filming of the Harry Potter films), Goathland is a tiny village just off the A169 to Pickering. Take the historic North Yorkshire Moors railway from Whitby to Goathland and spend a day walking around the village and having a meal at one of the great pubs. If you take a picnic, don’t be surprised is the sheep come begging for food; they graze all around the village and have become used to the tourists!
21 miles inland (or a 30 minute drive through the countryside) lies the market town of Pickering, one of North Yorkshire’s most popular tourist spots. Pickering castle, a 12th century motte and bailey castle, sits on a cliff on the west side of Pickering and is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Afterwards, wander down to the town centre and grab something to eat in one of the many pubs. A car park next to the town’s co-op supermarket is pay and display, or for a breathtaking scenic route take the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Pickering station.
Home to arguably one of the UK’s finest beaches – the North Bay beach – Scarborough is just 16 miles from Whitby (20 minutes in the car). Scarborough is the slightly brasher, bigger brother of Whitby and parallel to the beach runs a continuous row of amusements, sweet shops and fish and chip shops, as well as miles of scenic coastline perfect for a leisurely drive in the summer. For families, the Sea Life Centre (open 10am-5pm, last admission 4pm ) and mini fairground at the end of the beach will give your kids a seaside visit they won’t forget. Ample parking runs alongside the road by the seafront.
Hutton le Hole
Hutton le Hole is a quaint village between Pickering and Kirkbymoorside. Head up to Hutton for a visit to the Ryedale folk museum, followed by a walk around the village and up onto the moors. In the summer, visit the well stocked gift shop, enjoy an ice cream next to the stream that runs through the village, then head up to Rosedale Abbey for an unforgettable sunset.