After 6 months of break, I have again started to explore the mighty north east of England. It is one of the beautiful parts of the country you can visit.
As usual, I have used the local bus this time again to explore. It is very cheap and enjoyable as you will see the nice and beautiful countryside while exploring by bus. So to start I took a bus from my home to Newcastle Eldon square. I have bought a Day Explorer Ticket by asking the driver which will cost you £10.90 with unlimited travel by local buses in the northeast and Tyne and Wear Metro and shields ferry as well. If you are planning to go with your family it will cost you £20.60/day where you will be allowed ( 2 adults and up to 3 children). See the map below of the travel area it covers.
So from Newcastle Intu Eldon square Bus stop” A ” you take bus X9 or X10 towards Middlesbrough. It will take around 1 hour 45 mins to travel to Middlesbrough. Here is the timetable of the Bus X9/X10- https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/services/GNE/X10
Once you have arrived at Middlesbrough you take the connection bus to Whitby. There are 2 options. Either you can take X4 or X93 bus or sometimes if you are lucky you get the express X93. Here is the timetable of X93 bus – http://getdown.org.uk/bus/bus/x93.shtml. And the timetable of X4 bus- http://getdown.org.uk/bus/bus/4-x4.shtml. Bus X4 will take longer to Whitby. It is around 2 hours journey by bus from Middlesbrough to Whitby.
Let’s get some info about Whitby- Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, northern England, split by the River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Nearby is the Church of St. Mary, reached by 199 steps. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived, displays paintings and maps. West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.
The earliest record of a permanent settlement is in 656, when as Streanæshealh it was the place where Oswy, the Christian king of Northumbria, founded the first abbey, under the abbess Hilda. The Synod of Whitby was held there in 664. In 867, the monastery was destroyed by Viking raiders. Another monastery was founded in 1078. It was in this period that the town gained its current name, Whitby (from “white settlement” in Old Norse). In the following centuries Whitby functioned as a fishing settlement until, in the 18th century, it developed as a port and centre for shipbuilding and whaling, the trade in locally mined alum, and the manufacture of Whitby jet jewellery.
The abbey ruin at the top of the East Cliff is the town’s oldest and most prominent landmark. Other significant features include the swing bridge, which crosses the River Esk and the harbor, which is sheltered by the grade II listed East and West piers. The town’s maritime heritage is commemorated by statues of Captain Cook and William Scoresby, as well as the whalebone arch that sits at the top of the West Cliff. The town also has a strong literary tradition and has featured in literary works, television, and cinema, most famously in Bram Stoker‘s novel Dracula. The the Dracula House pic here in Whitby where you can visit by paying a little amount of money-
While Whitby’s cultural and historical heritage contribute to the local economy, the town does suffer from the economic constraints of its remote location, ongoing changes in the fishing industry, relatively underdeveloped transport infrastructure, and limitations on available land and property. As a result, tourism and some forms of fishing remain the mainstay of its economy. It is the closest port to a proposed wind farm development in the North Sea, 47 miles (76 km) from York and 22 miles (35 km) from Middlesbrough. There are transport links to the rest of North Yorkshire and North East England, primarily through national rail links to Middlesbrough and road links to Teesside, via both the A171 and A174, and Scarborough by the former. As at 2011, the town had a population of 13,213.
There is also some famous fish and chips shop in Whitby and you must have heard about “WHITBY SCAMPI” it’s worth to try them while you are there. I have really enjoyed my journey and I wish you will too. It is my little initiative for the people in my community who want adventure and sometimes can not afford to see the great places because they do not have Car and an extra advantage for my lovely elderlies to use their Freedom Bus pass ( Free Bus pass) to explore the nostalgic beauties of the north of England. Please leave your comments and any questions you have regarding this journey. It can be the other way round if someone wants to visit my beloved Newcastle from Whitby or Middlesbrough they can follow the route as well. Thanks- MD
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