199 Steps, Whitby
The iconic 199 Steps of Whitby are the perfect excursion for anyone interested Whitby’s past.
These steps date back to the 14th century and contain a wealth of history! They even used to be made of wood, until 1774 when they were replaced with Sneaton stone.
Locals believe they were used as a test of Christian Faith for those wishing to join St Mary’s Church. The church, along with the remains of the once-glorious Whitby Abbey rest at the top.
The 199 Steps, whilst historic, are also great for a cardio workout! You can enjoy an energising hike up and down the steps, all the while admiring those gorgeous sights of Whitby’s coast.
If you ever need to take a break during your climb, you’ll be happy to know that the steps feature interval stops. At these stops, you’ll find benches to unwind on.
The 199 Step’s benches have their own history. They were used in the 19th century as a place for pallbearers to rest a coffin on the way up to the church.
Embark on an invigorating climb up these famed steps…