Thursday, 13 June 2013
My trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway last Saturday took me to Whitby, a seaside town I often visited with my parents when I was a child. When the time came for me to take my own children there, it always seemed to be raining, but Saturday was gorgeous, and Whitby was at its best, if not perhaps at its most Gothic.
The great literary association with Whitby is, of course, Dracula. Bram Stoker, creator of the Count, knew Whitby well, and in recent years the town has made the most of the connection. Climbing up the famous 199 steps to the impressive Whitby Abbey I saw that even English Heritage are getting in on the act, spotting an advertisement for a play about Dracula. In the Abbey's magnificent clifftop setting,I imagine watching the play would be a very enjoyable experience.
Next came a boat trip from Whitby Harbour, past the Captain Cook monument. Cook probably takes second place to Dracula these days, but he remains an iconic figure in Whitby's history. I don't have a clue about the technicalities of sailing, but boat travel.in fine weather is a marvellous way to spend the time.
Finally, coffee at a cafe called Sherlock's. The Holmes theme is done well in terms of interior design, and I would have posted an image of the appealing menu had the waitress allowed me to take one of them. But they are obviously much cherished items. Anyway, I started wondering if any detective stories have been set in Whitby. Surely there must have been? And in Scarborough just down the coast too, for that matter. But if so, I can't call them to mind. Just that one classic vampire novel.
Posted by Martin Edwards