Holiday cottages on the Yorkshire coast
On the coast of Yorkshire are the towns of Whitby and Scarborough. Whitby is famous for that dark villain Count Dracula and the production of the black jewel, Jet; Scarborough, as a holiday destination for over 300 years. The Magpie Café sells the best fish and chips in the world - it is in Whitby. What better reason to visit this town than to eat the best. Well, whilst eating out of your newspaper, you can visit the Captain Cook Museum, he was born here, stroll through the ruins of the abbey, Bram Stoker's inspiration for the most evil person yet imagined, or stroll along the quayside watching tomorrows meal being landed.
Scarborough, by contrast, is the home of Jimmy Saville, but this doesn't mean that you have to wear a tracksuit to get in. It is, though, the quintessential holiday resort - great for a house party or a weekend break. Lots of arcades, bingo halls, and seaside kitsch, burgers, Yorkshire's finest fish and chips and buckets on the beach. For the more cerebral visitor the town has a castle, the Sea Life Centre (lots of interactive stuff here), the beautiful Pre-Raphaelite interior of the church of St Martin-on-the-Hill, and in the evening the Stephen Joseph Theatre, which previews all Alan Ayckbourn plays. Virtually every house offers some form of self-catering accommodation or bed and breakfast, and competition on price is fierce, so shop around if you have to. Alternatively, go out into the countryside and find a secluded cottage to rent, there are plenty in the area, and quite a few within striking distance of the Cleveland Way, a lovely walk along the coast, or to the south is the Wolds Way, which will take you all the way south to Hull.