The Local Area
The Birdhouse Bed and Breakfast is in Whitby, a lovely picturesque North Yorkshire fishing town. Whitby provides many wonderful attractions, including the famous Whitby Abbey and Whalebone Arch, the East and West Piers, St. Mary's Church and the 199 Steps as well as a myriad of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Let's not forget the extensive sandy beach, all of these things make Whitby one of the top seaside destinations in the country.
Whatever the weather, you'll always find something to do in Whitby. With several boats offering short cruises down the coast or fishing trips of various lengths, the harbour is always a hive of activity. Sample some fish & chips from one of the many restaurants or takeaways and have a look around the cobbled streets of the old town and the market square.
The Esk Valley
The Esk Valley has been made famous as the filming location for ITV's 'Heartbeat' programme. Just a few minutes drive from Goathland you'll find many other beautiful villages located on the banks of the River Esk which flows 28 miles from its source in Westerdale before emerging at Whitby.
Villages such as Goathland, Egton, Danby, Lealholm and Castleton all offer a range of local amenities inlcuding comfortable and welcoming village pubs and shops, and are the perfect places from which to begin a walk into the North Yorkshire Moors.
The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway passes through the village of Grosmont on its way between Pickering and Whitby so is a popular destination particularly throughout the summer months.
With spectacular views, picturesque villages and a wide choice of footpaths and trails to follow and enjoy, the Esk Valley is one of Yorkshire's most beautiful areas and certainly worth exploring whilst staying in the area.
To the south of Whitby lies the village of Robin Hood's Bay, a fascinating location with its steep winding streets and alleys, a selection of pubs, shops and galleries, and a beach which provides both sandy expanses stretching south to Ravenscar and thousands of rock pools to explore.
North of Whitby you'll find coastal villages such as Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay, offering wonderful beaches and still maintaining much of their character from 100 years ago.
The Cleveland Way footpath follows this stretch of coastline, enabling those who are a little more adventurous to enjoy a walk along the coast providing some of the finest views in the county. A walk from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay is approximately 8 miles and takes about 2-3 hours to complete. Alternatively, you can walk or cycle along the old railway line running south from Whitby.