Top ten double success

A NEW book has claimed that Whitby is the British public’s seventh favourite tourist destination in the UK, while another proclaims the Middlesbrough to Whitby railway journey as the prettiest in the country.

A survey by travel publisher Rough Guides found that Britons preferred Whitby over other destinations such as Blackpool’s neon lights, Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon or historic Cambridge.

York was voted the number one destination and Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that York has been voted number one small city in the UK and that Whitby is not far behind.

“We are proud to think that voters cited the history and people of York as well as the beauty of Whitby among reasons for them being the best - not to mention that Whitby ‘probably had the best fish and chips in the world’!”

For those visiting Whitby the best way to arrive is via the Middlesbrough to Whitby railway line, according to writer Michael Williams.

Mr Williams spent two years travelling tens of thousands of miles around the British railway network and compiled a Top 10 list of journeys, judging the Esk Valley line to be the prettiest.

Mr Williams said: “Meandering for 36 miles through mellow stone-built villages along the lovely Esk Valley to the salty sea air of the ancient fishing town of Whitby, this is the best of rural England in all her finery.

“Most of the loveliest railway journeys across the most scenic and historic landscapes of Britain can be enjoyed for the price of an often inexpensive ticket.

“Forget commuting on overcrowded trains, leaves on the line, Burger King or other modern irritations.

“The nation that invented the passenger train still offers some of the most superb railway journeys in the world.”

The list coincides with the publication of Mr Williams’ new book ‘On the Slow Train Again’ and the new updated paperback edition of the companion volume ‘On the Slow Train’.

The brand new Rough Guide to Yorkshire is published later this month.