Christmas on the North Yorkshire Coast at Unique Retreats

Why not join us in December for a short break as we will be all trimmed up for Christmas at Unique Retreats and nowhere celebrates Christmas quite like the Yorkshire Coast! From glittering Christmas light displays and parades, to festive shows and cabarets, discover the true meaning of Christmas this year.

Christmas and New Year at Unique Retreats

Christmas and New Year at Unique Retreats

Whitby Christmas Festival

It will soon be that time of year when we are decking the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la-ing, and bringing some figgy pudding. Yes, Christmas is upon us again, and what better way to get in the mood for it all than to visit the wonderfulWhitby Christmas Festival?

Whitby-Christmas-Tree

Whitby-Christmas-Tree

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CELEBRATE AT WHITBY GOTH WEEKEND FROM FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER

Celebrate Non-Conformity at Whitby Goth Weekend

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dracula-in-whitby

The first meeting of a group of pen-pals has now turned into a twice annual event for the town of Whitby, know as the Whitby Goth Weekend, WGW. In 1994, a group of about 40 pen-pals decided to gather together after meeting through the pages of New Musical Express, a music magazine more popularly known as NME. The meet-up was organised by Jo Hampshire, who is the head of Top Mum Productions, quickly became known as a musical event.

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Awesome things to do in Whitby at Night

Whitby Abbey And The Hundred And Ninety-Nine Steps

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WhitbyAbbey-1

 

Climbing the hundred and ninety-nine steps and walking around Whitby Abbey may sound like a mundane activity for an evening out.

However, unlike through the day when it appears simply as a fascinating and beautiful piece of history, at night, it takes on a completely different hue.

Destroyed in 1540 when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries, Whitby Abbey would have been in ruin by the time Bram Stoker visited and saw it in 1890.

He would later go on to be inspired enough by his view of the Abbey at night swirling in haunting sea mists whilst perching high on its cliff to include Whitby as the landing place of his 1897 character Dracula.

It is this very story that makes Whitby Abbey the perfect place to visit late at night and give yourself the chills. You could even take the book with you and read from its pages by torch or candlelight:

‘… the very instant the shore was touched, an immense dog sprang up on deck from below, as if shot up by the concussion, and running forward, jumped from the bow on to the sand. Making straight for the steep cliff, where the churchyard hangs over the laneway to the East pier ….. it disappeared into the darkness, which seemed intensified just beyond the focus of the searchlight.’

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A WALK INTO WHITBY FROM UNIQUE RETREATS

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

(Takes about 2 hours to complete from the cottages. The walk can be shortened by leaving your car by the cricket club, or even shorter by leaving your car in Ruswarp – see notes below)

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Head out of the cottages and turn left onto Eskdaleside. 

Turn left onto Coach Road and follow down hill turning off to the right before the bridge towards Salmon Leap pub/hotel, following the road round past the station.

Turn left onto Echo Hill.  The cricket ground will be on your left (a great place to walk your dog round also with a beck that flows around the edge of it)

If you’d rather drive to here leave your car on the left on the grass verge.

Turn left and walk up the hill towards some cottages turning right towards the cottages. Note you are walking behind the cottages to a lane with a gate going into the field.

The walk is signposted Esk Valley walk marked with yellow arrows. Head into the field following the path.  At the end of the field turn right following the footpath signpost again

towards the end of the field look for the arrow pointing right going over style following the signs

Follow the field around the edge into the corner, over the stile  or through the gate and a view of Whitby Abbey is ahead of you.

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Follow path around the edge of the field, heading right towards the style in the bottom of the field. Over the style and up slight incline towards the next stile.

Cross the middle of the field up the hill down the other side towards the farm and over another stile.

Turn left, following footpath to Ruswarp.   Cross to bottom of farmers yard, and and again you are following yellow Esk Valley  signs through gate and down the hill.

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

To next style or through the gate heading downwards towards stile in the bottom of the field and then cross the railway taking care.

If you time it right steam train maybe passing,  turn right onto a path following the railway which is on your right.

At Chainbridge cottage,

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

cross right over railway and up by cottages towards the main road.  Turn left and cross the road to the footpath turn left downhill into Ruswarp. 

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Head over the bridge and before the railway turn right through a gate following a path with the railway on your left.  This path takes you to Whitby. There are great views of the river and viaduct and brings you out at the marina in Whitby.

 

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

whitby regatta 2018

whitby regatta 2018

A shorter walk into Whitby is to park your car in Ruswarp and pick up the path.

Refreshments were had at the Stables, at Cross Butts after we had returned and picked up our car, a welcome end to a very enjoyable day out, especially enjoyed by Maisie!!

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

Walk to Whitby

ENJOY YOURSELVES,

Joe and Geoff  XXX

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If you’re looking for a charming seaside destination on the east coast of the country, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more enticing mix of things to do than at this famous harbour town.

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WHITBY REGATTA 2018

WHITBY REGATTA 2018

Fun for all at the annual Whitby Regatta 2018

The Whitby Regatta 2018 is a boat lovers dream as people gather for a three-day festival featuring rowing team competitions, yacht races and rafters competing against each other along the North Yorkshire county coast. What started out as a modest competition between fisherman has grown to be the oldest sea regatta in England with large crowds gathering for the past 173 years.

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Late Spring Getaways

Wanting to enjoy the warm weather but avoid the hustle and bustle of busy Summer time? Late Spring is the perfect time of year for a relaxing, stress-free getaway. Nearing the end of Spring, the North Yorkshire’s lush countryside is bursting with colour from the rolling green hills to the beautiful blue seas.

Find your perfect Unique Retreat so you can indulge your senses, put up your feet and enjoy your well-deserved break to the country.

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