Christmas in England 2006
DAY 7: Thursday 28 Dec
Middlesbrough to Chesterfield
After staying the night at the Travel Inn on the outskirts of Middlesbrough (The Cross Keys), we headed south towards Whitby. The Cross Keys is a very old stage coach inn, modernised and extended. We found it very comfortable, the food and drink By 9am the sun was beginning to appear and the deep blue sky was flecked with clouds. We had hopes of fine weather.
A few miles south of Middlesbrough the A174 returns to the coast. Alongside the road as it heads down a long hill is the Boulby Mine, one of the world's largest producers of potash. A mile or so further on you reach Staithes, a small village crowded into a steep narrow valley and around the edge of a small harbour. Staithes has a Heritage Centre
A few miles south of Staithes you meet the long sandy beach with Whitby to the south and Sandsend at the northern end against the rocky headland. The source of the name is obvious....
Whitby and Captain James Cook
The attraction of Whitby (apart from the charming fishing village) is its intimate relationship with Captain Cook. All New Zealanders know the history of James Cook and his voyages of discovery to the South Pacific and New Zealand. Whitby has special mention in this history, and there is a large suburb of Wellington bearing this name. We arrived in Whitby on a clear, cool morning, but not nearly as cold as our previous visit in September 2003.
Below the headland with the statue lies Whitby town, built around the port and wharves..
The Humber Bridge
From Whitby we drove west on the A171 then south on the A169 through Pickering, past York adn eventually reached Kingston Upon Hull. Here we stopped to walk onto the Humber Bridge, the large suspension bridge over the Humber River.
Our destination for the day was Chesterfield in Derbyshire. We chose this town as it was close to the M1 from Kingston, and also close to Matlock, our first destination the next day. By mid-afternoon the weather had deteriorated to a grey overcast cloud and light drizzle.
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