Ilkeston Cam on Holiday in ....

w/e 03 September 2023

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300.

5 - At The Top Of The Steps In Whitby

Whilst I was exploring around the foot of the steps Adam and Tracy ascended all 199 and came back with more photos of which these are just a few.

West Pier

Pausing part way up the steps they had a similar view of the West Pier, lighthouse and pier extension but from a higher altitude than my similar view from lower down. The end of the East Pier extension that forms the pincer-like entrance to the harbour was also visible begging the question, with piers and extensions, where does the River Esk end and the North Sea begin?
Memorial Site

Again from the higher position, the view across the river to the headland opposite reveals not only the Whalebone Arch but also all of the Captain Cook Memorial Site complete with statue.
West Cliff Church

We would later walk along Pier Road on the west side of the river but from high on the 199 Steps the West Cliff Church on Skinner Street was prominent in the town. The church is also known as the Whitby Christian Fellowship.
Esk Valley

When we first arrived in Whitby and parked on Endeavour Wharf, we'd looked up to St Mary's Church and the other buildings near Whitby Abbey. Now from the top of the 199 Steps this is the opposite view back down to the wharf and the River Esk Valley.

St Mary's Church

And this is the 12th century Church of St Mary surrounded by the cemetery that reader's of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" will be familiar with.
Caedmon’s Cross

Among the headstones in the churchyard is the 20 foot high monument called Caedmon’s Cross. This is a Victorian-style (erected 1898) Celtic cross commemorating a 7th century poet who lived for much of his life in St Hilda’s monastic community, a predecessor of the abbey.
Whitby Abbey

The ruins of the abbey lie beyond the churchyard. It was founded in the 7th-century as a Christian monastery and later became a Benedictine abbey but suffered the same fate in 1539 as many other religious institutions during the reign of Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Now a Grade 1 listed building the ruins still serve as a landmark for vessels out in the North Sea.
Cholmley House

After the dissolution the Abbey ruins and some of the land surounding them were acquired by Sir Hugh Cholmley. It was on that land between the Abbey and St Mary's Church the Cholmley House was built which has seen many alterations during the 1600s. It now houses a Visitor Centre, museum and shop. The site is now under the jurisdiction of English Heritage and their website contains a wealth of information.
Whitby Gladiator

The courtyard in front of Cholmley House was restored by English Heritage and is known as the Stone Garden. Since 2009 when it was unveiled, the courtyard now contains the "Whitby Gladiator" statue which is a replica of the "Borghese Gladiator" sculpture displyed in the Louvre, Paris.
North Yorkshire Coastline

As fascinating as the history is, it's still the long shadow of the fictional character that hangs over the area so before returning down the 199 Steps, there's still time to survey the North Yorkshire coastline that Dracula still inhabits.
Continued in 6 - The Way Back

Other parts in this series:
1 - A Return To Scarborough; 2 - A Day In Whitby; 3 - To The 199 Steps;
4 - At The Foot Of The Steps; 7 - Scalby Mills; 8 - Along The East Pier;
9 - Peasholm & Oliver's Mount & Part 10 - Father & Son Time.


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