Spyglass 1708 & Yorkshire's Heritage Coastline

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Come home to Spyglass 1708 after a lovely day exploring ancient Whitby or the pretty villages to the North and South along the Yorkshire Heritage Coastline.

You'll soon discover that Whitby is a town like no other on Planet Earth. 

With an ethereal, edge-of-the-World quality; it's no wonder that generations of Whitby folk - the Scoresby's and Captain Cook for exaample - have gone off to explore distant shores!

Spend at least a day out visiting the old town on East side, walking along Henrietta Street, and climbing the 199-steps to St Mary’s Churchyard and St Hilda's Abbey beyond.  

Whitby Regatta fireworks - Colin Carter

Fire works Celebrate the Annual Whitby Regatta Each August.

You can grab a Fortune’s Kipper here or have a pint in the Duke of York pub - with great harbour views.  The stroll along the pier on the West side and a walk on the beach are also fantastic.  Don’t forget to try some fish ‘n’ chips.  Haddock from Haddley’s near the bridge is our favourite.  It’s magic.

There's also a famous Folk Music Festival, Goth Week twice per year in Spring and Autumn, and Whitby Regetta held each summer.

Robin Hoods Bay

An idyllic picture post-card location tucked away below the sea-cliffs and in a great expanse of bay.  The beach is brilliant for kids to rock-pool for little sea-creatures.  So much history and some great pubs.  Captain Cook lived here for a while before heading off to a life at sea.  The walk along the beach to Boggle Hole is a treat.  The Lyke Wake Walk and Coast-to-Coast walks both start (or finish) around the bay above Ravenscar.

You’ll love a day out in Robin Hoods Bay.

Robin Hoods Bay Sandcastles

Robin Hoods Bay is Ideal for Beachcombing, Rockpooling &Wandering the Narrow Streets.

Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay offers a safe and sheltered paddling area with a nice sandy beach.  At low tide the beach reveals a mile of rocky outcrops; and countless fossils; so it's fabulous for beachcombing and rock-pooling if you’re holidaying in Yorkshire with children (or you’re just young at heart!).


A beautiful little seaside village along the beach from Whitby.  In summer, there’s usually a shallow lagoon formed behind a sandbar at the mouth of a little stream which crosses the beach.  Generations of kids have had fun splashing about in the beck.  And generations of adults have enjoyed lunch and a pint in the Hart Inn overlooking the beach.

You can walk the length of the beach all the way into Whitby if you’re feeling energetic (but watch for tide changes which come right up to the cliffs).


Another idyllic picture post card location tucked away by the sea and in the shelter of Cowbar.  The beach is brilliant for kids to rock-pool for little sea-creatures.

Staithes View

Staithes is a Historic and Artistic Village with a Wild Atmosphere.

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