The Sandsend and Whitby Abbey walk along the Yorkshire Coast

South-east from Sandsend to Whitby, initially on Sandsend Road then alongside Whitby Sands. Up the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey, then continuing along the Cleveland Way cliff top path to Gnipe Howe. South-west to Hawsker, before joining the Cinder Track dismantled railway line and heading to Larpool Viaduct. Finally a look around Whitby town centre then back to Sandsend. A 14-mile walk along the Yorkshire Coast.


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The northern end of Sandsend Beach.


A rather dry Sandsend Beck.


Sandsend Beach, with Whitby Abbey just visible on the cliff top.


East Row Beck flowing into the sea at Sandsend.


Sea defences between Sandsend and Whitby.

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Looking over Whitby Sands towards the east and west piers, each with a lighthouse.


The view over the River Esk towards Whitby ‘Old Town’, with Whitby Abbey and St Mary’s Church visible on the cliff top.


The view over the River Esk towards Whitby ‘Old Town’, with St Mary’s Church visible on the cliff top.


Whitby Swing Bridge and The Dolphin public house.


Whitby Harbour.

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Whitby Abbey.


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