Trailways Whitby

What could possibly be more romantic or nostalgic than staying in an old railway carriage? You can do it at the lovely old Skipwith Station near York or here at Hawsker Station near Whitby.

It’s right alongside the old Whitby to Scarborough line, where a former 1950s restaurant car has been immaculately refitted into a three bedroom, two bathroom self-catering holiday home. There’s a smart double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (and an additional fold away single bed), a second small double and bunk beds for the kids. It’s perfect for a family complete with a well equipped kitchen and a cute sitting room that has games, TV and the original railway carriage seating. Bag the window seat and watch the world not going anywhere.

The big, added bonus of staying here though, is the bike hire and the 18 miles of overwhelmingly traffic-free cycle trail that runs along the disused Whitby to Scarborough line. Keith, the owner, will set you and your party up with mountain bikes, hybrids, tandems, buggies, tag-alongs; he’s got over 120 bikes in whatever combination you could possibly need.

Take off on one of Britain’s most exhilarating cycle routes. There’s no better fun on a sunny day than cycling along the clifftop, Famous Five style, past green fields, yellow gorse and a shimmering blue sea and then bowling into Robin Hoods Bay for ice cream and lashings of ginger beer. The energetic can head on for Boggle Hole, Ravenscar and Scarborough. JT

How Much? £130 per night up to £680 per week peak season

Kids Stuff? Brilliant for kids. Bunk beds in the carriage and bikes for hire on site.

Well Placed? The delights of Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay on the doorstep

Good Grub? There’s the Bramblewick in Robin Hoods Bay and the famous the Magpie Cafe in Whitby or trade up for excellent seafood at Greens.


The Old Railway Station, Hawsker, Whitby YO22 4LB

Tel 01947 820207

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Type: Self-Catering

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Jill, 18 November 2011

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