WHITBY EAST PIER

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The lighthouse, smaller than its counterpart on the Western side, sits on the end of Whitby’s East Pier. It is 55 feet high, with a lantern on top, and was built in 1854. There is a newer, less attractive light a little way beyond it which serves as the main navigation aid into the harbour.

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FOSSIL ART

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The East cost of Yorkshire is one of the area where fossils are relatively easy to find. Not  huge dinosaur bones, although sometimes it is possible to discover the remains of marine reptiles, but the more delicate and intricate sea dwellers such as ammonites and belemnites. This easily overlooked artistic celebration of the area’s pre-history can be found on a slipway on the quieter side of Whitby  harbour off the East Pier.

ERYNGIUM – BLUE SEA HOLLY

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The Eryngium, or Sea Holly, is one of the plants I would love to grow in my garden but cannot. Since it needs excellent drainage and full sunshine it cannot cope with my heavy clay soil and the abundance of trees that block the howling winds. However, this plant was one of many growing very happily at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, its striking metallic blue stems and flowers blending effortlessly in the vibrant borders.

WHITBY HARBOUR

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Whitby, famed for its ruined Abbey and tales of Dracula, is an old fishing port on the east coast of Yorkshire. This photo shows the east pier at the harbour entrance along with the eastern lighthouse which was built in 1855 and stands 16.5 m high.  The lighthouse shows a red fixed light whereas its taller counterpart on the western pier displays a green light.