Whitby Harbour, North Yorkshire from the 199 Steps.

The harbour is sheltered by the grade II listed east and west piers each with a lighthouse and beacon. On the West Cliff is a statue of Captain James Cook who served his apprenticeship in the town.

The stone stairs, which replaced the original wooden steps, were built about 200 years ago and renovated between 2005 and 2006. There are landings to assist coffin bearers on their journey to the graveyard on the cliff top.

Part of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula was set in Whitby, incorporating pieces of local folklore, including the beaching of the Russian ship Dmitri. Stoker discovered the name “Dracula” at the old public library.

Photo by Rick Bowden.

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