A walk to Sandsend

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There’s a long stretch of sandy beach to the north of Whitby. At the other end, nestling underneath the cliffs, is the small village appropriatly named Sandsend. It was originally a fishing village, then a home for workers in the alum extraction industry. Today it’s a tourist resort and, apparently, the most expensive place to buy a property on this stretch of the coast!

On the Sunday morning of our holiday in Whitby, as the tide was going out, I set out with my son to walk the 3 miles to the village. It was a fine morning and although there was a bank of cloud hovering over Whitby, we were in the sunshine as we headed north.

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Looking down to the beach where the tide was receding, from the cliffs near Whitby Pavilion
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Although it was early, there were quite a few people taking some exercise on the beach and / or walking their dogs!
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Passing the colourful beach huts
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There were a few surfers out
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A rocky stretch
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Approaching Sandsend. We didn’t stop to look around the village as we’d planned to visit the Abbey that afternoon and time was getting on.

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Halfway back to Whitby, we took a path that climbed halfway up the cliff to get a different perspective
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We were walking towards the cloud now, but it was clearing and we were in the sunshine most of the way back to Whitby

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Looking down on the beach huts and towards the harbour
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We took the path up to the top of the cliffs a short distance before the Pavillion and passed one of the heritage statues celebrating thealleged invention of the “Crow’s Nest” by local man, William Scoresby

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And a second one, of Skipper Dora Walker (1890-1980), the first female fishing boat skipper on the North East coast.

A little further on we turned off the cliff top path back down towards Skinner Street and our holiday cottage.

7 thoughts on “A walk to Sandsend

  1. It looks like a good there-and-back walk. I’ve been to Sandsend end a couple of times, there’s nothing there but it’s a lovely little place. I had coffee and cake in the cafe on the corner by the beach and it was very nice too 🙂

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