Rose Rylands is a locally born storyteller who shares an intimate knowledge of the coast and surroundings, along with local folklore, history, mysteries and legends. She runs a variety of guided walks, including Guided Walking Tours of Whitby and Ghost walks in Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.Read More
St Hilda is one of those names that, much like Caedmon, is seen all over Whitby and the surrounding areas. Anyone who lives in Whitby will know who St Hilda is, but for those who don’t know the famous saint, read on…
The witches of Whitby that use the town as their hunting ground are usually females and are best to be avoided, although most of the witches on this list are long dead there may still be a witch lurking in the midst and hiding among the normal people, so be aware!
The North Yorkshire Moors are so vast and remote, it’s little wonder that beasts of the devil make it their home. Here is a list of five legendary beasts you may find on your travels around Whitby.
Years ago, Oysters weren’t a delicacy of the rich, in fact they were thought of as more a poor man’s food and a lot of the working class on the coast depended on oysters for a meal. And that was no different in Whitby.
Paranormal experts from far and wide make sure they visit Whitby on their ghost hunting tours. You will understand why once you’ve read our list of five haunted places in Whitby.
A clip from the BBC TV program ‘Secret Britain’ which featured the famous “Yards of Whitby”.
It is now a well-known fact that during his reign Henry VIII sent out groups to destroy abbeys and churches that belonged to the Catholic faith as he built up the Church Of England, one of those abbeys was the famous Whitby Abbey.
Although the exact date is unknown, around the year 1800 is where our next story regarding the legendary Saltersgate Inn takes place.
Along the Hole of Horcum,on a road referred to as the Devil’s Elbow stands the remains of a once thriving pub. Famous for its rich history in smuggling, the Inn was also the basis of many different horror stories, namely to do with the origins of the fire that burnt for 200 years.
One of the most famous landmarks in Whitby are the 199 steps that lead up to St Mary’s church, also know as the ‘Church Steps’. The reasons for walking up the steps have differed over the years, but now they are used to capture one of the most beautiful views of Whitby you can achieve.
First published in 1987, The Whitby Ghost Book by Paul McDermott (now called Paul Fitz-George since his marriage), has been revised and refreshed with a new makeover that includes story updates and new exclusive photographs, showing the various ghostly venues its tales depict.