This limited edition print, named Tunnel Vision, by Graham Carver is hanging on my wall. I've often looked at it and wondered just where the view was from. We can see St. Mary's Church on Whitby's East Cliff along with the abbey ruins, and we can also see the harbour below, so the view must be from the new part of town.
You may remember that we visited Whitby last weekend for my birthday, so before we set off, we decided that we would go exploring and try to find the source of the view.
We parked at the side of the abbey and as we walked down the 199 steps to the old town, our eyes were scanning the buildings and cliffs opposite to see if we could see a little tunnel. It wasn't long before my eyes came to rest on a little opening in the cliffs and I was sure that I had found the tunnel. Can you see it, right in the middle of this picture?
So, we knew in which direction we were heading but had no idea how to get there. It appeared to be high above the buildings in front of it and bored in to the cliffs.
We walked over the bridge from the old town in to the new part of town and walked right along the harbour. As we got to the beach, there were some steps leading right up to the top of the cliff. We soon realised that we were far too high up, so we walked a little way along the road and came to some steps. Looking down from the steps we could see the back of the tunnel.
We wanted to see if we had the exact same view as Graham Carver did when he painted this picture. What do you think?
There were some steps leading down at the end of the tunnel, and though we couldn't see where they led to, we decided to investigate. They took us down to the back of some buildings. There were also some lovely little cottages and gardens, and as we walked along, it brought us back out to the harbour.
We weren't the first to find the tunnel though, look who'd been here before us.
I'm glad he'd left by the time we got there.
Fancy finding the exact spot - looks lovely!ReplyDelete
What pretty views! I was there as a very small child but unfortunately don't remember much about it. :( CxReplyDelete
Been to Whitby lots of times and never noticed this before. How exciting trying to find it. Next time we go to Whitby I'm going to look for it.ReplyDelete
Oooo what fun!!! A sort of architectural treasure hunt xxxReplyDelete
That looks like it was fun! I always like going to Whitby. I like the painting, I think we need a day out there!ReplyDelete
What an enjoyable post, and yes I reckon that it's the same spot! Flighty xxReplyDelete
What a little adventure! Fab you were able to find the spot.ReplyDelete
Thanks for all your comments. It made for a little adventure trying to find the exact spot. I'm sure it's something we'll look out for every time we go to Whitby now.ReplyDelete
Give us a shout next time - we are just ooop road. DxxReplyDelete
Denise - I'll be sure to shout the next time we're in Whitby.ReplyDelete