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Whitby Holiday Park & 40 YEARS OF COASTDALE PARKS

Perched on a cliff-top, with magnificent views of the North Yorkshire coast, Whitby Holiday park is set amidst peaceful footpaths, golden beaches and beautiful countryside, with the charms of Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay nearby. National Trust owned Saltwick Bay and the Cleveland Way Coastal Path are both accessible direct from the park, making it the perfect retreat for walkers and nature lovers.

Whitby is a short walk from the park with its' historic Abbey, Tall Ships, Regatta and annual Goth Weekend. Picturesque Robin Hood's Bay, Runswick Bay and Staithes are all just a short drive away, with beautiful beaches and a geology rich in fossils. The village of Goathland, made famous by the Heartbeat series, is also a short drive away through the stunning landscape of the North Yorkshire Moors. Nearby, at Grosmont, a ride can be enjoyed on the nostalgic steam train line to Pickering, one of the most scenic preserved lines in Britain.

Whitby Holiday Park has a wide selection of contemporary, high quality holiday homes available for hire as well as to buy. The park also offers a large, cliff-top touring area, with grass touring pitches for tourers and motor-homes. All pitches are supplied with 16 amp electric hook-ups and have good access to park facilities.

Other amenities include free WI-FI, a well-stocked Shop, a Cafe. Our new upgraded Galleon Club has a nice relaxed feel for all the family to enjoy. We have newly installed BT Sports for those of you that enjoy watching football, rugby and other sporting events such as the Tour De Yorkshire. Don’t forget we still have the patio area for you to sit out and relax in the sun with a nice cold drink and pets are also welcome! If you don’t fancy sitting out on the patio area, then there is plenty of space in our newly upgraded Club with new seating areas. We also have a new Info Hub Room set up with Ipads and an Xbox for all the family to enjoy. You can use the Ipads to search for local days out or information on a place you would like to visit. Why not have an hour on the Xbox competing against each other, this is a great way to spend an afternoon and the kids will really enjoy it! Still in use is our Cinema room which will be open throughout the season. With comfy seating and an array of films available for you to watch, this makes this the perfect way to spend an afternoon if the weather isn’t fine!

Visiting cabaret acts will be on over Bank Holiday weekends and Summer Holiday weekends only, with local acts and some favourite acts coming to entertain you for the evening. The rest of the time you will be able to relax in a nice atmosphere. We also have a Laundry. Pets are welcome all season at Whitby Holiday Park and there are many wonderful coastal and countryside walks to enjoy direct from the park.

The Whitby Holiday Park season is from 1st March to 30th November weather permitting

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Whitby History

Whitby Abbey

Whitby is best known for its Jet jewelry, wonderful fish, Captain Cook, Whitby Abbey, Dracula and the North York Moors Railway. But where does the name come from?

Whitby was originally called Sinus Fari by the Brigantes who were a Celtic tribe controlling large sections of Northern England but by 71 AD they had been conquered by the Romans. In 657 AD Whitby became known as Streonshalh when the then Christian King of Northumbria, Oswy founded a monastery and Abbey there. The Vikings arrived in 867 AD destroying the monastery and renaming the settlement Whitby from the old Norse for White Settlement.

Whitby today is a traditional maritime town and historic port in North Yorkshire, where the River Esk meets the sea. It is located in the North York Moors National Park, designated in 1952 and on the Heritage coast, designated in 1979. There have been recorded settlements here since the Saxon period but the erection of the Abbey in 657 AD marked the birth of the town.

During the medieval period Whitby was a place of major religious significance, it was one of the earliest and most important centers of Christianity in England. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540 Whitby remained a small fishing community of approximately 200 people until the Elizabethan period when Alum was discovered and mining began, the port then grew in maritime and commercial significance.

In the mid 18th-19th century there were bustling shipyards, roperys and sail yards in Whitby and ships such as HMS Bark Endeavour, Resolution and Adventure were built there. But by the mid the 19th century the shipbuilding and whaling industries were in decline and it was hoped that the railway would help to regenerate the town. A new development began to grow on the West side of the river designed with tourism in mind including a promenade, bandstand and luxury hotels. It is still a busy working environment with a fishing fleet, pleasure boats, ship building works, dry dock and of course the lifeboat which was one of the earliest to be established in 1802.

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Local Area

Whitby is connected to many famous people, fictional and factual, and none is more internationally known than Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A visit to the parish church of St Mary’s, on East Cliff, takes you back in time to days of this fictional character. The church is a wonderful example of Whitby’s heritage with its numerous original boxed pews and interesting architecture dating back to Norman times. A short walk, with panoramic views over the town and harbour, takes you to English Heritage’s visitor centre at Whitby Abbey. The tearoom nearby provides a welcome rest with tasty treats. The abbey was founded in AD657 on the site of what may previously have been a Roman signal station. The Synod of AD664 was held here, where the decision was made to follow the Roman church rather than the old tradition of the Celtic church.

For the more energetic a walk down the 199 steps brings you to the old town with its manygift, craft and souvenir shops.

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Wild Life

Wild Life In Yorkshire

The North York Moors and surrounding areas are a haven for birds and wildlife. The diverse landscape offers ideal nesting and breeding conditions for hundreds of sea birds, waders and rare species of migrating small birds. It is the perfect place for a spot of birdwatching. There are superb places for all bird watching enthusiasts in the North York Moors and North Yorkshire area.

North York Moors Bird Watching:

The North Yorkshire Moors National Park is an ideal place to visit if you enjoy bird watching. This wide rural area is home to many different species of birds including Marlin, Red Grouse, Ring Ouzel, Honey Buzzards (in some of the wooded areas), Dippers (around various streams), plus a wide variety of other species in the lower regions.

Bird Watching in the Aire Valley:

Just South of the North Yorkshire Moors is an area know as Aire Valley. Approximately 15 miles SW of York, despite being a slightly industrial area,there are some great bird watching sites. This includes an RSPB reserve at Fairburn nr Castleford just off the A1, which has plenty of water areas. Another place with extensive water sites is New Swillington Ings, near Oulton, Leeds. Both typically attract a good number of common water birds, and also some rarer species.

Bird Watching Along The East Coast:

The North Yorkshire Moors end along the Eastern Coast where moors meet the sea along a rugged coastline, making the Yorkshire Coast one of the most scenic areas in the country. During breeding season, Bempton Cliffs, just North of Flamborough, is home to one the UK’s premium seabird colonies.The East Coast is rich in wildlife, perhaps more so than any other area in the UK, with lots of bird life making for superb bird watching, sea creatures and plant life. With various beautiful coastal towns such as Scarborough, Filey and Whitby to visit, there is plenty of opportunity to see some of the National Parks Aquatic Organisms!

Places to Bird Watch in the North Yorkshire Moors:

Crow Wood:

This is an area of mixed woodland at The Moors Centre in Danby. They have recently opened a new bird hide and feeding station where you can view a variety of woodland birds such as nuthatch, goldfinch and green woodpecker, plus a playful and entertaining gang of cheeky grey squirrels! Crow Wood is open daily all year round, wheel chair accessible and free to get in!

Pexton Moor:

Offering stunning views, Pexton Moors stretches from Pexton Bank all the way down to Ellerburn. The area prides itself on being a hot spot for bird watching in the area. Visitors who travel along the Dalby Forest Drive will enjoy short commentaries on wildlife interests at several talking posts. Pexton Moor is a beautiful place to visit during the summer with its selection of wildlife and particularly beautiful wild flowers.

Sandsend Quarry:

Sandsend Quarry, a disused alum quarry, located just to the north of Sandsend is a great place to watch seabirds and also waders at low tide. The quarry's habitat of ponds, wet patches and small woodlands amongst the wasteland play host to a wide range of enchanting wildlife.

Scaling Dam:

Scaling Dam is a popular bird watching site as it is home to over 180 different species of birds. The large reservoir is owned by Northumbrian Water and there is a small nature reserve in the SW corner of the lake which provides protection for meadowland and inhabitants of the water's edge. For good close-up photographic opportunities, try the feeding station in Forge Valley, West of Scarborough.

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