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Day trips from Whitby

I will be in Whitby for 7 days in late April. Does anyone know of any day trips to the lake district from there?

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a VirtualTourist member from Newark upon Trent

The Lake District is on the opposite side of the country. I have no doubt there will be day trips (a long day) from Whitby or Scarborough but it isn't a natural departure point. I should think that the trip from there to the Lake District is more likely to inorporate an overnight stop but there again, you never know. It would be a long day though.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Manchester

Last time I was in Whitby, I left there one morning and headed for Keswick in the Lake District by public transport. It took all day and about four different bus trips (Whitby-Middlesborough-Newcastle-Penrith-Keswick). It was a cheap (you can get regional bus passes for travel with a particular bus company) and lovely way to see some beautiful countryside. This was part of a trip around the entire country at the time and Lake District is worth at least a couple full days on their own.

The trouble is, Whitby is not directly on a main rail line so you're not going to get anywhere quickly unless you're with an escorted tour.

Have you been in touch with Whitby Tourist Info, they should be easy to contact through a web search. They can tell you if there are any escorted tours. However, with Whitby being adjacent to its own natural park, I imagine most trips out are going to be to locales closer by, like Castle Howard. Happy trails!

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a VirtualTourist member from Sweden

As already said, the Lake District is along side the western coast and Whitby is on the eastern, and on top of that in North Yorkshire which is England's largest county.

As Whitby is also on the fringes of the North York Moors National Park it is not as if you will be short of gorgeous scenery anyway. Head for the pretty chocolate box village of Thornton-le-Dale or Gothland famous for the "Heartbeat" TV series. The latter can be a bit touristy these days for that reason but it is thrown out in a dip on the moorland plateau and has sheep sleeping in its bus shelter...

Then you can easily go by local bus to both Robin Hood's Bay and Scarborough and also make a daytrip to York. Have a look at:

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