Whitby and Woodlands chase Coast award glory

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WHITBY is again putting itself on the map after being shortlisted for awards being run by a national magazine.

Coast magazine and a panel of judges has handpicked the best of the British seaside to battle it out in nine categories.

The judges include TV presenter Ben Fogle and Clare Gogerty, the editor of Coast, as well as writers and photgraphers from the travel industry and food critics.

They have put Whitby forward for the best seaside holiday destination and praised the town for its “eerie beauty”.

They also said; “Whitby has a lot to offer: an active fishing fleet, cliff walks and fascinating architecture.”

Also in this category are St Davids in Pembrokeshire which is Britain’s smallest city, St Ives in Cornwall which won it last year, Southwold in Suffolk and Whitstable, Kent.

Meanwhile the family-run hotel and restaurant the Woodlands just further down the road at Sandsemd continues to tickle the tastebuds of critics.

In the best hotel by the sea category, judges said the Woodlands which has individually themed boutique rooms was “a welcome addition to this beautiful area, with young chef Alex Perkins’ divine food at a separate cafe-bar a stroll away”.

Other hotels which have been put forward for this category are based in East Sussex, Argyll, Pembrokeshire and Cornwall.

The Cleveland Way, a favourite with walkers the world over, is also up for an award.

To make sure Whitby and the Woodlands are in with a chance of winning log on to: www.coastmagazine.co.uk/CoastAwards2012 by 9 January.

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