This Day Trip from York provides the opportunity to explore the North York Moors & Whitby, following in the footsteps of Captain Cook to commemorate the 250th anniversary of his first Voyage of Discovery. You will visit the village of Great Ayton, where James Cook spent most of his childhood, before following the route he walked over the North York Moors to the coast overlooking Staithes. You will then have three hours free time in Whitby, where Captain Cook trained in the merchant navy, with options to visit Whitby's newest attraction, The Endeavour Experience (one of only two full size replicas of the HM Bark Endeavour in existence), The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, take a short trip out to sea on the Bark Endeavour scale replica of Cook's famous vessel, climb the 199 steps to view Whitby Abbey or just explore the seaside town and experience Fish & Chips from the famous Magpie Café – the choice is yours!
The tour departs from opposite the Dean Court Hotel in York city centre (near York Minster) at 9.00am and you will head north for Captain Cook Country, skirting the North York Moors National Park with views of the imposing Cleveland Hills and Roseberry Topping, whilst hearing tales of the region's maritime past and Captain Cook's life on the way. The first stop is in the beautiful traditional English village of Great Ayton, perched on the banks of the River Leven, where James Cook lived through most of his childhood, to see his Schoolroom, the Church where he worshipped and his family are buried, his statue on the village green and the site of his cottage that was dismantled brick by brick and transported to Melbourne! Or, if you prefer, you can just enjoy a leisurely Yorkshire Brew with the locals in one of the Cafes - the choice is yours!After Great Ayton, you will follow the scenic route over the North York Moors that Cook walked to reach the small fishing village of Staithes for his first contact with the sea, passing by the Captain Cook Monument on Easby Moor.The tour pauses on the cliffs overlooking Staithes, where the young James Cook first experienced local seafaring and smuggling traditions, before following the rugged coastline route to Whitby, stopping on the West Cliff overlooking the harbour to view and photograph the famous Whale Bones and Captain Cook Statue.You will have three hours free time in Whitby, with options to visit Whitby's newest attraction, The Endeavour Experience (one of only two full size replicas of the HM Bark Endeavour in existence), the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, take the Bark Endeavour scale replica boat trip around the harbour, climb the 199 steps to view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula Books) or just explore the shops and market of the seaside town and experience Fish & Chips from the famous Magpie Café – the choice is yours!After Whitby you can just sit back and enjoy the views as the tour heads over the North York Moors back towards York, pausing for a final photo opportunity at the Hole of Horcum.You should arrive back at the pick-up point by approximately 5:15pm but should not book onward travel arrangements too soon after that in case of traffic problems.