Whitby is well known for many special things, and there is yet another, that perhaps not many people realise. Whitby is one of only 2 places on The East Coast where the sun is known to both rise and set into The North Sea.

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The reason for this phenomena ?? Well Whitby, although on the east coast, actually faces due north. Those familiar with the town will know we don’t have a North And South side of the town. We have an East And West Side, divided by The River Esk. That in itself has a whole lot of stories about the division. At one time you had to show your passport at Bridge end to move from one side of town to the other.

Martin Wainwright describes the area as “A beautiful spot with novelty appeal: here, you can stand on Britain’s east coast and watch the sun both rise and set out of the sea.”

From my own knowledge, Ive only ever heard of one other place on the east coast where you can get a sunrise and sunset in the sea and that is Cromer in Norfolk.

This event happens from late may to late July, and from my own observations I believe the sun sets into the sea for the first time on 19th May. However cloudy skies this year meant I had to wait a few days to capture the first sunset of the year into the sea.

Last night Sunday 22nd May 2016, I watched a lovely sunset from the Abbey Headland which resulted in the sun setting into the North Sea. These are just a few of my photographs from that sunset.

After the sun had gone I ventured into town to capture some more shots of the colourful skies left behind after the sun had departed.

Further down the page are also some sunrise images from the summer solstice 2016

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea - Overlooking Whitby Piers.

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea – Overlooking Whitby Piers.

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea - Overlooking Whitby Piers.

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea – Overlooking Whitby Piers.

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea - Overlooking Whitby Piers.

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea – Overlooking Whitby Piers.

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea - Overlooking Whitby Piers.

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea – Overlooking Whitby Piers.

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea - Overlooking Whitby Piers.

Whitby Sunset Into The Sea – Overlooking Whitby Piers.

The Sun Hits The Morning Sky For The Summer Solstice At Whitby - June 2016

The Sun Hits The Morning Sky For The Summer Solstice At Whitby – June 2016

The Cole Family Sail out to sea for another days crab fishing - Summer Solstice 2016

The Cole Family Sail out to sea for another days crab fishing – Summer Solstice 2016

Summer Solstice Sunrise At Whitby - June 2016

Beautifiul Colours Filled the Sky Over Whitby Piers – Summer Solstice Sunrise At Whitby – June 2016

Whitby Salmon Fisherman Louis Breckon sails out for another days fishing at roughly 3am.

Whitby Salmon Fisherman Louis Breckon sails out for another days fishing at roughly 3am.

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