Turn a blustery cliff top walk into a Halloween Adventure with a Dracula inspired walk from the seaside town of Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay. Inspired by holidays spent in Whitby, Bram Stoker chose to set his Victorian gothic vampire tale in its cobbled streets and eerie churchyards. The skeletal remains of Whitby Abbey preside over the town and set a suitably ghoulish backdrop. Climb the 199 steps up to St Mary's Church and take a spine chilling walk around its graveyard, Dracula's haunt in the Victorian melodrama. Watch out for bats!
'For a moment or two I could see nothing, as the shadow of a cloud obscured St. Mary's Church. Then as the cloud passed I could see the ruins of the Abbey coming into view; and as the edge of a narrow band of light as sharp as a sword-cut moved along, the church and churchyard became gradually visible... It seemed to me as though something dark stood behind the seat where the white figure shone, and bent over it. What it was, whether man or beast, I could not tell.'
A good day's outing would be to start at Whitby Abbey and take the dramatic coastal path all six and a half miles to the picturesque village of Robin's Hoods Bay, once the haunt of smugglers. Here you will find a plethora of pubs and cafes to suit all tastebuds. Then hop on the bus for the 20 minute ride back to Whitby. Alternatively, keep going!
The Cleveland Way runs for 110 miles through beautiful landscape including heather moorland and stunning coastal scenery. Opened in 1969 it was the UK's second National Trail. It includes a number of circular walks, one and two day walks and some shorter easy access routes.
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