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-- 08 February, 2005 --

Whitby abbey


Sometimes my quest to collect my cathedrals leads to some adventures.

The signs in the town of Whitby in Yorkshire carried us through the town, over a bridge, up a hill covered in small cottages and then into a very large carpark. We have learnt from past experience to go right to the front of carparks as that is where one finds the disabled carparking spaces so this is what we did here. Again following the signs we set off to look for the abbey.

whitby2.jpgThe path was very rough and worn by little runnels of water that has flowed for most of the winter. It wound along past high walls on one side and glimpses of Whitby below us over the top of allotments. . The DH stuggled along bravely but, by the time we finally found a gate in the wall, he was knackered and stumbling very badly. We found him a spot to rest in the sun as it was really quite chilly in the shade and I went off to look for a way into the abbey. The tearooms were closed but there were lots of people about it looked as if it should have been accessable. No matter where I went, I couldn't get in so I took the photograph up there from the best vantage point that I could find.

Further investigation found a sign on the front gates, which were approached from the complete opposite end of the car park from our chosen spot and along a footpath beside the approach road. The abbey is not open in the winter, dispite all of the people. The road did make it easier for me to drive the car up to the gate so the DH didn't have to walk back.

Posted by robynls at February 8, 2005 12:49 PM

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From the picture it looks as the Abbey is accessible. No roof, no doors with locks, what's left to bar entrance?

Posted by: Bonnie at February 13, 2005 12:18 AM

The wall the the National Trust has built around the abbey precinct is what keeps people out. The only access to the site is past the turnstyle in the closed tea room. I took this over the lowest part of the wall.

Posted by: Robyn at February 13, 2005 9:49 AM

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