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#42993 - 12/08/08 10:49 PM Whitby instead of RHB ?
RickF Offline
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Registered: 28/06/99
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Has anyone finished West-to-East in Whitby? Any advice?

If we did it, I think I would follow the usual route up to the sea, and then turn North on the Cleveland Way. Does that seem feasible?

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#42994 - 13/08/08 02:08 AM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: RickF]
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Sounds like a good idea, Rick. They tell me the best fish and chips in the world are in Whitby.

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#42995 - 13/08/08 05:45 AM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: canmal]
Lounge Lizard Offline
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A good isea indeed. Whitby has a railway station, Youth Hostel and more pubs than Robin Hoods Bay.
Now, can anyone suggest simewhere better than St Bees to start from ?

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#42998 - 13/08/08 06:26 AM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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i think the landlord at Bay Hotel would not agree with this idea
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#43000 - 13/08/08 08:10 AM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: tim smith]
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I ended my C2C walk walking up from RHB to Whitby. Because I was planning to do this, I chose to turn off the C2C just after Littlebeck Valley and head overland to RHB - actually quite a nice walk I thought. This meant I missed out the detour through Hawsker and the walk along the coast (which I wasn't overly worried about given that I was going to be walking up it the next day). This meant I missed out on my first sight of RHB from the coast (although the view of it from up above was quite good as well), but I also missed out on what other walkers told me was a very boggy section before Hawkser (and people told me that Hawkser was nothing special).

The walk up to Whitby along the coast wasn't really that special, but then I'm not sure that I am that much of a fan of coastal walking. After the initial sighting of the sea, I find it all becomes a bit dull!!! I'm sure others would disagree, but it depends what you like. There's a nice lighthouse, and I liked the island of jet near Whitby, and then the gradually appearing view of Whitby Abbey.

But the approach into Whitby is through a caravan park, and, having been on my own or with only handfuls of people for the previous two weeks, coming into the crowds at Whitby (it was a sunny Sunday and there were lots of holiday makers) was a bit of a shocker. But I guess facing up to crowds of people again is a problem that everyone has to face up to somewhere.

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#43015 - 13/08/08 03:15 PM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: Bliss 60]
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Originally Posted By: Bliss 60
I ended my C2C walk walking up from RHB to Whitby. Because I was planning to do this, I chose to turn off the C2C just after Littlebeck Valley and head overland to RHB - actually quite a nice walk I thought. This meant I missed out the detour through Hawsker and the walk along the coast (which I wasn't overly worried about given that I was going to be walking up it the next day). This meant I missed out on my first sight of RHB from the coast (although the view of it from up above was quite good as well), but I also missed out on what other walkers told me was a very boggy section before Hawkser (and people told me that Hawkser was nothing special).

The walk up to Whitby along the coast wasn't really that special, but then I'm not sure that I am that much of a fan of coastal walking. After the initial sighting of the sea, I find it all becomes a bit dull!!! I'm sure others would disagree, but it depends what you like. There's a nice lighthouse, and I liked the island of jet near Whitby, and then the gradually appearing view of Whitby Abbey.

But the approach into Whitby is through a caravan park, and, having been on my own or with only handfuls of people for the previous two weeks, coming into the crowds at Whitby (it was a sunny Sunday and there were lots of holiday makers) was a bit of a shocker. But I guess facing up to crowds of people again is a problem that everyone has to face up to somewhere.


The approach into Whitby is through a caravan park - maybe but so too is the approach to Robin Hoods Bay if I remember correctly from last year.

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#43016 - 13/08/08 03:19 PM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: tim smith]
Lounge Lizard Offline
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Originally Posted By: tim smith
i think the landlord at Bay Hotel would not agree with this idea


Maybe, but he shouldn't be complacent relying on that captive trade. I spent my honeymoon there, as did my wife, and he could do worse that go for more business like that, which isn't so seasonal either.

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#43017 - 13/08/08 03:27 PM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Let's face it, Wainwrights route is long overdue for an update.
I might spend a while preparing a "Lizard's NEW Coast to Coast walk, Whitehaven to Whitby" guide, starting and finishing in better known, atlas index nearly adjacent, more accessable places, towns that better contrast with the route than the villages of St B and RHB.

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#43020 - 13/08/08 04:31 PM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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L.L.
re Wainwright's route long over due.
he said in the book it was the route he walked and if you wanted to walk in his footsteps,well and good but you could vary it and pick your own route.
i think it was just an idea to interest people to do their own thing.
as he said ''you do not need an official long distance path you can create your own'' and i am sure a lot of you walkers will have walked miles than are in no guide book, walk's that you have devised by looking at a map and going, i know we have and it is a lot more satisfying finding your own way. and that way you meet locals that are not fed up with seeing crowds of people and are happy to chat to one or two.
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#43023 - 13/08/08 05:32 PM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: tim smith]
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L.L.
re Wainwright's route long over due.
he said in the book it was the route he walked and if you wanted to walk in his footsteps,well and good but you could vary it and pick your own route.
i think it was just an idea to interest people to do their own thing.
as he said ''you do not need an official long distance path you can create your own'' and i am sure a lot of you walkers will have walked miles than are in no guide book, walk's that you have devised by looking at a map and going, i know we have and it is a lot more satisfying finding your own way. and that way you meet locals that are not fed up with seeing crowds of people and are happy to chat to one or two.


You're probaly right there. You go away on the Coast to Coast for a good walk, tranquility and solitude and all you get all day long is interuptions from other walkers with the clatter of their walking poles and inane comments about the weather, and you reach the pub only to find it full of ramblers drying their sweaty socks on the backs of chairs while washing down their own sandwiches with a half of shandy. Yes, he said you can pick your own route if you want to but Wainwright's got a lot to answer for.

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#43027 - 13/08/08 07:17 PM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Waiwright may have a lot to answer for,but it has certainly helped the lot of the people on the route.
you only had to hear them moaning when the countryside was closed due to foot 7 mouth desease.
a gentleman i met on the way said''Wainwright did not write a route ,he created a business''
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#43029 - 14/08/08 03:37 AM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: RickF]
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I walked the C2C in two trips, on the second I wanted to extend the walk so turned north at the sea for Whitby and the YHA next to Whitby Abbey. Next day I bused up to Staithes and walked back to Whitby, a fine walk. I also had the chance to visit the abbey and to get some great seafood, two of my goals. After an overnight at the YHA again, I walked to RHB and Boggle Hole hostel, then on to Scarborough hostel. A very nice combining of C2C and the Cleveland Way.
By the way, all three of these hostels were excellent.

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#43033 - 14/08/08 01:17 PM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: Gregg]
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Suppose we could all look at the 'North of England way': http://www.brigantesenglishwalks.com/north_of_england_way.html
as an alternative route. Doing this route will I'm sure have less, if any people walking it. The Fish and Chips are not bad in Scarborough either.. Also it routes through Aysgarth, Hawes etc. These places are more 'Yorkshire Dales' to me than Richmond. Nothing up with Richmond, just that I found the area wasn't rugged enough. Now if this route passed through Ingleton and the three peaks area, that would be some walk!! Unfortunately, it doesn't, but as the man himself said, find your own route.

BB.

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#43034 - 15/08/08 09:35 PM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: BrashersBoots]
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testing

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#43035 - 15/08/08 09:36 PM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: uncle arthur]
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testing

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#43047 - 18/08/08 02:44 AM Re: Whitby instead of RHB ? [Re: Lounge Lizard]
Mary L Offline
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Going east to west, I had a nice variation by walking from RHB almost into High Hawsker, then taking the path along the old rail bed north into Whitby--a very enjoyable walk, with much Victorian brickwork and fun crossing the splendid viaduct over the Esk. The next day I started from Whitby Abbey and walked along the coast until a bit before the C2C turnoff, and found cross-field paths to High Hawsker which avoided a second walk through the caravan park.

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