Whitby and Filey

29 Oct: Haven’t spent much time on the Yorkshire coast in recent years – we’ve been to Whitby once or twice in that time, but our last visit to Filey was nearly forty years ago… The weather was great for photography – blue sky and bright sunshine (plus a biting wind). It was also great for day-trippers – we never thought for a moment that Whitby would be so busy. The narrow streets below the abbey were packed; the 199 steps were heaving (no, we didn’t). After the almost-obligatory fish and chip lunch, we headed down the coast to Filey. The lowering sun had gone from the sands and promenade, but the mud cliffs to the north were lit brightly, contrasting red against the cold blue of the shaded sea.

“Elizabeth” was an unexpected bonus, a 1931 Sentinel steam waggon, converted to operate as a bus. Seemed to be doing a roaring trade.

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