Stargazing in Yorkshire
Stargazing – a simple yet intriguing and inspiring evening activity. The hope that a shooting star might pass, or that there will be a full moon, or seeing who can spot the biggest star – there’s so much excitement and interest in observing dark skies. We recommend stargazing between October and March, which is known as ‘observing season’ as this is the time from when clocks go back, and day light hours begin to fade and nights become longer.
The views from YHA Whitby are amazing by day and by night. In the daytime you have panoramic views of Whitby town and the North Sea, and by night you can discover the dark skies above. Situated within the North York Moors National Park it again means there is little light pollution which creates the best stargazing site. Since 2016, the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities have been celebrating the twinkling skies. These celebrations continue in February 2020 at the fifth Dark Skies Festival.
You can find out more about the festival here.
Other things to do nearby
Try rock pooling, fossil hunting and playing on the beach making sandcastles, all a stone's throw from the hostel.
Noted as a great place to swim in the Wild Swimming book. The sea at Boggle Hole is exhilarating, and perishing, all at once.
Cast from the window of your room (almost!) and spend the whole day staring wistfully out to sea.
Robin Hood's Bay is a picturesque old fishing village with delightful streets and old fisher-folk running cafes. The village is rife with tall tales of old smugglers.
Whitby is a lovely, seaside town dominated by the abbey ruins high on the hill. 199 steps lead to the churchyard that inspired Bram Stoker to write 'Dracula'.
The Cleveland Way passes the hostel doorstep and YHA Boggle Hole is the traditional finish on Wainright's Coast to Coast walk.
The disused railway line (National cycle route 1 - North Sea trail) offers easy, family friendly and car free cycling, all within 10 minutes of the hostel.
Take a leisurely cycle along the National Cycle Route 1 or the North Sea trail which starts 10 minutes away from the hostel.
Step out of your room and into the sea and more importantly, you can then step out of the sea into a lovely hot shower!
Discover our underwater world and meet the land creatures including Otters, Seals and Humboldt Penguins. Visit the website
With its 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views of the Yorkshire coastline, the castle is well worth a visit. Visit the website
Walk around the picturesque Hole of Horcum in the North York Moors. Lockton is the start of the 5.6 mile Bride Stones walk, taking in some of the Moors famous geological features.
Mountain Biking in Dalby Forest is a must for biking enthusiasts, with over 40 miles of man made trails at your wheels.
The National Park has over 1400 miles of cycle ways for you to discover. Get out and about on your bike and enjoy the landscape.
A unique tour through the Dracula story and the connection to Whitby. Using animation, special effects and live actors. Visit the website
See the splendour of our next door attraction - free when you're staying at YHA Whitby! Discover its history, hear voices from the past on the audio guide and catch unique events. Free entry