Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey, situated on the East Cliff above the town, fell into disrepair following the 16th Century dissolution of the monasteries when Henry VIII oversaw the separation of state and church, seizing their assets and using them to fund his military campaigns. The remains are now under the care of English Heritage and continue to provide a spectacular sight.

Getting here for this image was a real cardio workout, racing against the fading light, starting on the West Cliff, heading down into Whitby, over the bridge, up the 199 steps and through St Mary’s churchyard at a decent trot, carrying full camera kit and my biggest tripod.