Whitby & The Coast of Captain Cook

Staying at The Saxonville Hotel

5 DAYS | 7th September 2020

The iconic coastal town of Whitby has social history, literary significance and natural beauty in abundance. The Victorians loved the gleaming black gemstone ‘Whitby Jet’ that is unique to the area, as well as the blue flag beaches that still attract visitors today. The famous explorer Captain James Cook was born nearby and learned his trade here, and his ship the ‘Endeavour’ was built in Whitby. The town also played its role in Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ as the ruins of St Hilda’s Abbey situated on the hillside inspired some of the novel’s more gothic landscapes. The narrow streets are full of charming tea rooms, excellent fish and chip shops and independent stores.

The Saxonville Hotel is a charming and family-run hotel situated in a peaceful location on Whitby’s West Cliff, and within walking distance of the town centre. There is a relaxing lounge and bar, and the restaurant serves traditional English cuisine. All bedrooms are en suite with a TV and a courtesy trays. The hotel does not have a lift but some ground floor rooms available.

We depart Macclesfield in the morning calling for coffee en route to Wolds Way Lavender; a family-run farm situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, there are over five acres of planted Lavender. We will have time for lunch in the café and to stroll around the fields. We then continue on to Whitby and our hotel.

Today is a free day to explore the delights of Whitby. Why not admire the statue of Captain Cook and the Whalebone arch? Then venture into town and visit the Captain Cook museum, or use the hop-on-hop-off bus to see more of the town’s landmarks, including the ruins of Whitby Abbey that inspired Bram Stoker.

This morning we head down the coast to Scarborough and to Olivers Mount Memorial Park to enjoy the stunning views over Scarborough and the coastline. We then venture into Scarborough for lunch and have the afternoon to visit the Scarborough Fair Collection and Vintage Transport Museum. Showcasing a magnificent working display of vintage vehicles, and fairground rides, there is also a ‘Mighty’ Wurlitzer Organ and you can even try your hand at the Penny Arcade!

Today we take a scenic run to the North Yorkshire Moors Visitors Centre set on the banks of the River Esk, where we will have time for coffee. Then we make our way to Guisborough; listed in the Domesday Book. It has been a traditional market town for over 600 years and stallholders sell an array of wares from culinary delights to handicrafts. There will be ample time for lunch before we travel back along the coast.

Today we say farewell to Whitby and head for home, travelling part of the way on the North Yorkshire Steam Railway. The coach will drop you off at Goathland, famous for its connection to ITV’s ‘Heartbeat,’ and then pick you up again in Pickering. You will have free time for lunch in Pickering before we continue homeward, making a comfort stop en route and aiming arrive early evening.

Tour includes: 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, entrance to Wolds Way Lavender, the Scarborough Fair Collection, and a single ride on the North Yorkshire Steam Railway.
£538.00 per person sharing twin/double
NIL single room supplement
£100.00 double room for sole occupancy
£30.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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