Whitby Way: Testimonials

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  1. Brigantes Support says:

    Thank you for your really useful feedback, we will incorporate this advise into our information. We are really glad you enjoyed the walk, and look forward to assisting with another of our walks next year!

  2. Malcolm McDonnell says:

    The Whitby Way is not uniquely way-marked, nor is it shown as a promoted route on the Ordnance Survey maps. Before we went, we followed the route on the Brigantes & LDWA websites, and transcribed it on to 25000 Explorer maps. One of us had a basic GPS app on his phone but we mainly used map and compass and had no serious navigational problems.

    The Way is described as meandering through the Vale of York and over the North York Moors, visiting many pilgrimage places of interest. Without a guide book it’s easy to miss some of these, especially St Gregory’s Minster not far before Kirbymoorside. This famous Anglo-Saxon church is just off the route but well worth a visit. There is also the Mary Magdelene Well just before Lastingham, and St Mary’s Church in Lastingham itself which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The crypt is particularly fascinating.

    The scenery went from pleasant farmland to stunning moorland and hills. Even the walk out of York was all off-road, mainly following the Fosse Stream then farmland paths. And although we did find a few paths that were overgrown with crops (it was late June) or poorly marked, the general standard was good. Some stiles, gates and bridges were a bit ropey, and these I have reported to the highway authority North Yorkshire CC. However, none of them were show-stoppers.

    The accommodation arranged by Brigantes was good, likewise the baggage transfers. We were 4 males who will share rooms but not beds, and we were suitable accommodated over 6 nights. There were 2 guesthouses, 2 pubs and 2 B&Bs. One of the latter, at Glaisdale, provided us with dinner as well, as the nearest pub was a mile away and we’d already had a long walk. They also got us some beer in case we were thirsty! And it turned out I shared a number of mutual friends with the owners.

    The culinary and thirst-quenching highlights must include Gepetto’s Italian in Helmsley, and the Helmsley Brewing Company’s pub. Also the Blue Bell in York where it all started, the Blacksmiths Arms in Lastingham and the Black Horse in Whitby. The Coxwold Tea Room (slightly off the Way – turn right instead of left at the cross road in village centre) was a very welcome oasis, with huge pots of tea and slices of cake. Likewise the Penny Bank Cafe in Kirbymoorside (in an old bank) was brilliant, with no complaints about our rucksacks, etc. despite being busy. We also came upon a few places where pubs were closed, despite being advertised as open (e.g. both such in Huby) so it’s advisable not to depend on them for lunch stops without checking in advance.

    All in all, a very satisfactory and enjoyable walk. According to GPS the actual distance was about 75 miles including a small diversion into Grosemont and a couple of places where we missed the route and wandered about a bit. We took 5 days, with day 2 being the longest at 18 miles. There may well be places of interest that we missed, so if other walkers know of them perhaps they could submit them to Brigantes and a guide might be reassembled.

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