Whitby is a popular seaside town that thousands of people visit every year, whether to enjoy some fish & chips or visit Whitby Abbey and the famous 199 steps. There is something for everyone to enjoy when visiting the historic town.
One reviewer on TripAdvisor wasn’t best pleased when visiting the seaside town when they came up with an interesting suggestion to do with the 199 Steps.
They took to TripAdvisor to voice their opinion on the ancient steps writing: “Just been to see this place. Only for the select few. You would think the amount of parking rip off charges by the council, they would install some kind of chairlift to make it more disabled friendly like the rest of the UK.”
And, it does raise an interesting question about these old towns and their accessibility. I’ve often thought whilst walking up the 199 steps that they’d be better as an escalator when out of puff – or after stuffing my face with fish & chips.
These steps hold historic significance to the town it would have a huge impact on the landscape. Many people who visit Whitby, do so to take on the 199 step challenge, and they aren’t easy for people that are in half-decent shape – especially after a beer in one of Whitby’s many watering holes.
You can drive to the top to the car park instead and enjoy the beautiful view from the top or enjoy one of the scenic open-top bus tours. So, there are alternatives to some access issues.