Visiting the local towns & villages


Whitby is Grosmont’s nearest town, nestling around the harbour formed by the river Esk, with a fantastic golden beach. It is a very historic town. Whitby Abbey dates back to 657AD. It is where the date of Easter was set at the synod of Whitby in 664AD. It was at this time Britain’s first poet Caedmon resided at the Abbey. Whitby Abbey is an English Heritage site.

St Hilda’s Church situated on the east cliff, next to the Abbey, is a grade 1 listed church dating back to the 18 th century. It has a fantastic wooden interior with a ceiling that is constructed like an upturned boat, it also boasts a triple level pulpit.

Whitby is the home port of Captain James Cook, the great adventurer and the person credited in claiming Australia and New Zealand for Britain. A visit to the Cook Museum on Grape Lane is well worth a visit.

Whitby has had numerous industries over its long history. In the mid 1700’s Whitby was the centre of Britain’s whaling industry. This is the reason the whale jaw bones form an arch on the West Cliff.

During Queen Victoria’s reign, Whitby was famous for its jet industry. Jet is the semi-precious stone which Queen Victoria hade a lot of her jewellery made of, while she was in mourning for her husband Prince Albert.

Jet is still sold in most of the jewellery shops in town. Jet can only be found in the cliffs near Whitby. So an item of Whitby jet jewellery is a unique gift from the area.

The Town also has a lifeboat museum, Pannett Park Museum and Art Gallery.

Coastal villages

Staithes is a small fishing port North of Whitby, famed for being the location for the filming of the CBeebies series Old Jacks Boat.

It also holds a renowned Arts Festival which is held over a weekend in the village during the month of September.

The quaint Village of Runswick Bay is just south of Staithes Robin Hoods Bay is another picturesque fishing village to the south of Whitby, which is a good place to spend a day exploring the village, spending time on the beach and checking out the rock pools.

Sandsend is the village at the northern end of the Whitby beach and is a good place to access the beach due to the ease of access. There are a few cafes and small shops in the village, and an art gallery.

Villages around the Moors

The next village up The NYMR line is Goathland which is the location of the TV series Heartbeat. A drive up the Esk valley is recommended, Egton, Glaisdale, Lealholm, Danby and onto Castleton where you will find the North Yorkshire Moors centre.

On the way you will find tea rooms and shops.

Further afield and at the opposite end of the of the NYMR line is Pickering, a small market town, which has a market place of shops and the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life.

Hutton le Hole, is home of the Ryedale Folk Museum where you can view a collection of historic buildings showing lives of the moors population. This is another very popular and scenic village.