199 steps Whitby
The East Clifftops, St Mary’s Church and the Abbey at Whitby is quite a distance by road from the town centre. The alternative is to climb the 199 steps of the “Church Stairs” or use the footpath called “Caedmon’s Trod”.
The stone stairs, which replaced the original wooden steps, were built about 200 years old ago and renovated between 2005 and 2006. There are landings to assist coffin bearers on their journey to the graveyard on the cliff top.
Looking down the famous 199 steps of Whitby on a summers evening. It is a view worth the effort of the climb.
It is a good climb from the Church Street below to the church itself, and there are still resting places at regular intervals.