Whitby is a fine historic fishing port and a great destination for a day out with it's fine Abbey overlooking the town and pleanty going on around the harbour on the River Esk. There are two fine Victorian piers protecting the harbour like the claws of a lobster and plenty of Dracula connections for it was here that the novel was set. A few miles further up the coast is the fine beach at Sandsend. Further north still Saltburn also has a fine Victorian pier.
Travel about 8 miles north from Whitby and take a lane to the right at Hinderwell and the road will suddenly and steeply drop to the sea to take you to Runswick Bay. This is a miniature version of the more famous Staithes or Robin Hood's Bay with houses climbing up the hillside seperated by narrow alleys and steep stairs. The lifeboat station is no longer in use but the building remains as a fine front to the village.
The village of Staithes, small by today's standards, was once the biggest fishing port on the East coast of England. Today there are still fishing boats tied up in the river behind the harbour but only one is used commercially. The village is a glorious riot of coloured houses climbing up the hillside with the ever present red pantiles catching the afternoon sun. Catching the evening light is difficult here for as the sun goes down it leaves much of the village in shadow with the light catching only the far cliffs. There are, though, many other photographic opporunities in Staithes.