Photography of North Yorkshire & Whitby!

Apart from Northumberland there is one other place that I really do enjoy visiting. That is Whitby in North Yorkshire. It has such a magical appeal with its quaint streets and picturesque harbour. I must admit though that the only time I do visit is out of tourist season when it is a little quieter. It is also a fabulous stopping off point to visit other parts of North Yorkshire like Goathland, Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay, to name a few. I do hope you like some of my photo shoots of Whitby and North Yorkshire.

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Whale Bones

Whale Bones..

Perhaps one of the first views of Whitby for the new visitor to Whitby is through the old Whale bones that stand on the West cliff. Quite and amazing sight with the village nestled below and St. Mary's church high up on the cliffs.....

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Are there really 199 steps?

Are there really 199 steps?..

Well yes there are but everyone who climbs them for the first time counts them, all the same. An iconic view from part way up the 199 steps at Whitby looking out across the 2 piers. It is a sight I never tire of seeing when I go there. ......

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East Pier

East Pier..

Whitby east pier built in the18th century from sandstone and very impressive. I wonder how many fishermen out at sea have praised the fact that it is there on a storm lashed night with its comforting beacon .......

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The wreck of the Admiral Von Tromp

The wreck of the Admiral Von Tromp..

The wreck of the Admiral Von Tromp caught out in fog and wrecked on the rocks, in Saltwick Bay, near Whitby with the loss of two sailors still remains a mystery as to how it came to flounder. ......

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The coming of the storm

The coming of the storm..

Clouds gather out to sea as a storm brews. Whitby’s west pier lighthouse may soon be needed when darkness falls. There will be a watchful eye on the bridge of the incoming trawlers for the welcoming sight of its beacon shining out across the rough seas. ......

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Early morning on West pier

Early morning on West pier..

The sun rises over Whitby’s West pier. This is probably the best time of day to walk the boards when it is quiet. Later, if the weather is fair, it will be a place that many visitors to the village will tread. ......

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Where have all the people gone

Where have all the people gone..

Its early morning and the pier is empty of people. Later it will be a hive of activity with visitors to Whitby enjoying a pleasant stroll in the sunshine. But now just me and Cindy Lou. What bliss. ......

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liitle huts all in a row

Little huts all in a row..

All painted and ready for the start of a new season. The beach huts at Whitby always add a nice splash of colour, don’t you think. And what a view out across the sands. Lovely Jubbly. ......

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All fast at berth

All fast at berth..

Fishing boats berthed along the quayside at Whitby with the famous swing bridge behind. It is quite a sight to see when the bridge opens and one of the larger vessels sails out towards the harbour mouth. ......

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Beached

Beached..

A lone fishing cobble beached at low tide in Staithes. Perhaps the fisherman is waiting for the first incoming waves to ready it for open sea. That is of course if the weather is set fine. Let's hope that it is ......

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Tate Hill

Tate Hill..

View from the steps at Whitby towards Tate Hill pier and across towards the Lifeboat house. Down to the right is a lovely little beach, great for walking the dog or just to sit a while and take in the view across the water. ......

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Look to yonder cliffs

Look to yonder cliffs..

An early morning view from west pier across to the East pier lighthouse and beyond the cliffs where they say The Demeter, Dracula's ship floundered and sunk but not before he managed to get ashore, ......

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Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey from the pond.

The ruins of Whitby abbey is such a stunning site perched high on the cliffs overlooking the town. It has a wealth of history with the first monastery founded on the site around 657 ......

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Skywards

A Haunting remains ..

Perched high on a cliff, it's easy to see why the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were an inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic tale of 'Dracula'. Perhaps this is why so many people visit here. ......

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St. Marys Whitby

St Mary's church Whitby..

The church has quite a feel to it and well worth the steep climb up from town to visit it. St Mary's stands high on the cliff top overlooking Whitby. It has so much history about it and the early church which was built there dates from around 1110 ......

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Isolation

Isolation..

We all say wouldn’t be nice to get away from the rat race and go live in isolation somewhere maybe a place like this high up on the moors of Yorkshire. But I wonder how many people really could unless they were born to it. No contact by mobile phone no internet just pure isolation... ......

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Heartbeat Country

Heartbeat Country ..

Yep one of the finest TV programs that showed off North Yorkshire to its best. Remember heartbeat and Aidensfield? Well this is Goathland where most of the program was filmed. ......

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Mallyan spout

Mallyan Spout..

The water cascading from Mallyan Spout rises from springs in the moorland above Goathland and tumbles down into West Beck with its thunderous deep water rushing over huge boulders, Crossing the beck to photograph is not easy and not to be attempted by the wary. ......

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A touch of nostalgia

A touch of nostalgia..

This shot of Saltburn pier and the cliff tramway is very much a nostalgia trip for me. It was here my father and I as a young boy would fish through the night, standing on the edge of pier all night. The pier was much longer then of course. But I can still recall our times together ......

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Richmond Falls

Richmond Falls.

Beneath Richmond castle are the falls along the river Swale. They really are quite dramatic although not particularly high, but even so worth the odd shot or two, especially I autumn when the trees along the far bank glow in the late afternoon sun. One day I must revisit when the river is in flood. That must be quite a sight, don’t you think. ......

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Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle..

Richmond Castle stands proud and tall right in the middle of this ancient town which was begun in the 1070’s and expanded in the 12th century. During the first world war it was a prison for conscientious objectors. ......

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Lost in time

Lost in time..

With its narrow streets and tiny cottages Staithes is a village that seems to be lost in time. Wandering around you can almost sense the old fisher woman going about their business as their men folk fish the sea in their cobbles. ......

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Down to the sea

Down to the sea..

I wonder what tales this place could tell of times gone by. Of the many fishermen in the tiny boats that set sail from Staithes and never returned or of the booty landed by the old smugglers. in the dark of  the night. ......

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End of the day

End of the day..

Boats moor in the safe of the harbour at Staithes. The day is over for the fisherman and now it is time to rest. Perhaps a beer or two before the wend their way home for the morrow brings another day out in the cold cold sea. ......

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