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Monday, 13 March 2017

My favourite place in the North

*AD - SPONSORED* The Car People have challenged me to turn the phrase "It's Grim Up North" around and celebrate the beauty of the North of the UK. Being from Leeds I am definitely a Northern girl through and through. I enjoy visiting London to see family and the sights but always love coming home again. Whilst the shopping, sights and events are better down south there are some equally amazing sights and things to do up here. My absolute favourite place in the North is Whitby. At just over an hours drive away it is somewhere we can visit often and just for the day. 

Whitby, if you don't already know, is a seaside town on the east coast that is made all the more unique by being surrounded by moors. The drive to it is really quite breathtaking.

Favourite place in the North - Whitby moor views

Overlooking the town, set at the top of the cliff is Whitby Abbey. This is probably why Whitby is my favourite place in the North! The Abbey is a haunting, gothic ruin and is the inspiration for Bram Stokers Dracula. Once you see it for yourself it is easy to see why it was such an inspiration. I especially love seeing the Abbey in the winter months, the grey skies and mist really add to the atmosphere of it.

Favourite place in the North Whitby Abbey

No trip to Whitby is complete without seeing the famous whale bones at the entrance to the beach. At 15 foot high they are impossible to miss. I think they provide a perfect frame for Whitby Abbey too. 

Favourite place in the North whalebones framing Whitby Abbey

To get from Whitby Abbey to the town you can walk the famous 199 steps or there is a gentler route between them. Both show off the incredible views of Whitby and both are worth the walk.

Favourite place in the North Whitby

The town in Whitby is a typical seaside / fishing resort with a mix of tourist shops, pubs, restaurants and a working harbour.

Favourite place in the North Whitby harbour

Personally one of my favourite things to eat in my favourite place in the North is fish and chips. There is nothing nicer than freshly caught fish and chips at the seaside! And there are no better fish and chips than in the North!

Favourite place in the North Whitby fish and chips

As well as the traditional sights in Whitby there are some more unique things to do. You can visit the Captain Cook museum, which is in James Cooks house. Whitby also has many "themed" weekends, the Goth weekend and 60's weekend are incredibly popular. There are different walks you can join, ghost walks, Dracula walks and history walks.

Like in all seaside towns you can't go far without seeing seagulls and in Whitby with the working harbour they are very well fed! Credit for these photos goes to my wonderful friend Thomas at ThomasJPitts.

Favourite place in the North, Whitby seagulls

Favourite place in the North, Whitby lobster pots

I would love to know where your favourite place in the North is? Do you agree with Whitby or would you pick somewhere else?

Make sure you check out what other places people have chosen as their favourite place in the North here.

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