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Whitby Harbour


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Whitby town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Whitby's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Whitby is the perfect base for a family holiday with Blue Flag beaches on both sides of the River Esk. On the east side is a sheltered sandy beach and on the west side is a larger sandy beach with colourful beach huts, a children's paddling pool and donkey rides. From its historic harbour galleons still sail, as well as fishing boats, pleasure boats and lifeboats. There are quirky shops to visit, narrow streets to uncover, jewellery made from Jet to be seen in shops which still mine it, kippers to be sampled at shops which still smoke them, 199 steps to climb to an ancient abbey, and a park to explore for those who are curious!


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Curious About... Whitby

  • An exploration of Whitby's town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the town's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Whitby in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the town - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Lighthouse to Pannett Park - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From an early 19th century lighthouse walk along West Pier with its stunning views of the town, bustling harbour traffic and the open sea. Climb up to Captain Cook gazing out to sea, and visit the glory of Whitby Pavilion. Next take a stroll along the promenade before plunging back through a tunnel to the busy harbour restaurants and bars. Finally, escape the bustle of the town to end at Pannett Park with its museum, flowers and delightful walks.
1.5 hoursNot Suitable

2. Pannett Park to Whitby Abbey - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From a charming sundial in the enchanting Pannett Park you’ll explore an historic train station before surveying the river with its fishing boats, pleasure boats and lobster pots. Next cross a swing bridge to the other side of town, with its myriad of small and quirky shops specialising in Jet. Finally, take the 199 steps up to a glorious church with stunning views, to end at the ruins of the dazzling and iconic Whitby Abbey.
1 hourNot Suitable

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Whitby's not very big, but we got the impression your two walks extracted out from it everything there is to know, but in a short space of time. We loved the walks by the sea (real donkey rides on the beach!), the 'hidden' theatre, the beautiful park with its museum and the splendid abbey and church on the hill - not sure we enjoyed the long walk up the steps... but fantastic views from the top!"

"Excellent product by the way, really informative and ideal for orientation when visiting a place for the first time."

"My family and I have just returned from Whitby and Scarborough and have enjoyed the walks from Curious About. Although my husband and I didn't do the entire length of each walk my children (30, 31 and 32 lol!) did! They really enjoyed finding out the different information in the booklets and filled in the answers as they went round. It was a great way to spend two afternoons in Whitby and Scarborough."

Latest Revision : October 2023


Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail