Whitby is one of my favourite places to visit and I have been there many times over the last few years. For such a small town it has a surprising number of locations at which a photographer could spend hours snapping away. From the Old Town, to the beach, to the Abbey, and of course the harbour which is the reason for Whitby’s existence.
The design of the harbour walls are, to my knowledge, unique. I have certainly never seen a similar harbour anywhere else. Maybe it is due to the fact that the harbour is in fact the estuary for the River Esk rather than just being a bay? I don’t know the reason why there are two “extra” curved sections which are separated from the end of the main harbour walls.
There are three obvious places from which to photograph the harbour – from the harbour walls themselves, from a boat for a close-up view, and from near the Abbey for an almost birds-eye view. Just make sure that if you are going up to the Abbey you aren’t carrying too much equipment up the 199 steps!