British Travel Journal

10 BEST PORT

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WHITBY

Anyone who has read Dracula will know that the Transylvan­ian vampire arrived in Britain via the port of Whitby. It's a suitably dramatic town with a ruined cliff-top abbey that has been home to several saints, with narrow streets of red pan-tiled houses below and a memorial to Captain James Cook which gazes romantical­ly out to sea. Cook learned seamanship in Whitby where the harbour was always full of whaling ships, colliers and the herring fleet that contribute­d massively to the town's prosperity.

Fishing, supported by tourism, is still a mainstay of Whitby's economy and its harbour is sheltered by two Grade II listed piers, both with working lighthouse­s. The west lighthouse (1831) is 84 feet high and has a foghorn that sounds a blast every 30 seconds during reduced visibility at sea. This is a working harbour designed to protect fishermen whose lives depend on the often stormy North Sea.

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