UK Lockdown: Day 177, Whitby Day 1

‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea!’

Holidays in lockdown are (so far) still awesome. Today we travelled from Leeds to Whitby by train, and apart from wearing a face mask for three hours (I can’t complain really can I? Not when some people are having to wear them on ten-hour shifts…) and keeping our distance from others, it’s been pretty swell.

We travelled to York and then changed trains to Scarborough, it was pretty overcast there but still beautiful. As there was a short wait for a bus to Whitby we decided to take a stroll.

Scarborough seafront was virtually abandoned apart from half a dozen people on the beach and a few people walking along the sea line. We decided to take the 19th century central tramline back up towards the town centre. The team has been in operation since 1811 and still stands as a highlight for many tourists.

An old fashioned cart in the exit lounge

After our short stop we headed for the bus to Whitby. Once we arrived we checked in at our hotel, The Pinewood. Due to Covid-19 there’s a few changes; hand sanitiser on entry, social distancing in the restaurant and no assistance up the stairs with bags etc. The lady who greeted us was very pleasant though and explained everything to us with confidence.

Once we had unpacked we headed out for a wander around the harbour and a much needed lunch. The Humble Pie and Mash shop had been recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint, I can feel a review coming soon.

Humble Pie and Mash shop, Whitby
Check out that pastry

After that filling pie we needed to get our walking boots on and so we headed along the seafront to the lighthouse. The sea was very turbulent but we still saw two seals having a great time and nearly got drenched by a huge wave. We also walked around the Whitby Jet museum and I was tempted to buy an incredibly expensive necklace.

In true British seaside style we headed to the amusements where we spent half an hour laughing at my poor efforts on the bowling and basketball games…. we didn’t even win on the fruit machine.

This evening, we ate another lovely meal, this time at The Duke of York just below the famous 199 steps. We’ve eaten here before and I have to say it met our expectations again. The setting is just fabulous as you look out to the sea. And enjoy a range of classic British dishes.

Duke of York, Whitby
Harbour views from the pub

We spent the night sipping gin and real ale here before heading back to our hotel for a well-earned rest.

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