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Sandsend

Free Photos, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Located at the foot of Lythe Bank is the picturesque village of Sandsend, with its quaint fisherman's cottages and meandering streams, leading to the sandy beach.

The beach stretches for three miles along the coast to Whitby and northwards along a shale area where the sand literally ends. At the northern end of the village there are steep cliffs, with what first appear to be caves... to the unknowing visitor. On closer inspection and investigation, they are not natural, neither could the be described as caves, just coves which have been dug out by people searching for the famous Whitby Jet, then eroded further by the wash of the powerful North Sea. And the occasional fossil hunter too.

I arrived at Sandsend in the evening and at high tide, but just as the tide was turning. Eventually I was able to clamber across the exceedingly large pebbles and rocks, as I endeavoured to explore inside what I thought would be a large cave. But the view of a cave mouth that had greeted me from the car park, was to be an anticlimax, an illusion and man made. The sea level had barely dropped and was lapping the rocks right behind me. I couldn't help but think, here I am with a rucksack full of camera equipment and a camera around my neck. Only too aware that if the tide turned again, I would be cut off completely and have the embarrassing job of phoning the lifeguard. With that in mind, I didn't venture far and kept within a short dash of some higher ground.

The fisherman's cottages that sit aside one of the streams are overlooked by what appears to be a castle keep, this may be Mulgrave Castle, but I'm not certain about that. The stream which passes under an arched bridge in the centre of the village, was lined with small rowing boats which added to the a character of the place. I could just imagine the men in boats rowing out to their nets, then hauling in their catch.

Sandsend is a pretty village with long sandy beaches, there are a few pubs and cafes, but the place remains a largely unspoilt treasure, not overtaken by arcades nor fairground rides. Instead it is enjoyed by locals and kids playing in the sand, plus walkers, surfers and adventurers.

 

 

 

 

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