Visitors sometimes report hearing dogs on the East Cliff howling at the full moon as it rises above the Abbey. This really is nothing to worry about.
Wolves have been extinct in this country for hundreds of years. So if you think you hear one or see one, don't make a fuss, because no one around here will believe you. Oh, and keep small children in the car with the doors locked and windows closed when out on the moors.
Snakes do not pose any danger whatsoever to people visiting this area. Anti venom packs are available from the Co-op and most newsagents.
During the hours of darkness, not everyone dressed
in black is wearing a costume. If you are unsure, try one of these simple
tests: is their skin cold to the touch; do they avoid mirrors; are they
drinking something other than alcohol; do they seem to be in different
parts of the room, but at the same time; is their shadow missing? If the
answer to any of these questions is yes, then leave quickly.
Sometimes when out on the moors at night, when the weather is cold and wet, and the fog is thick and green and swirling and all you want to do is stop off somewhere for a meal, some warmth and comfort, and a glass of the local ale, you may be tempted by the glowing lights, and the welcoming signs. Everything may look quite normal, but please drive straight past and don't give this place a second thought. There are plenty of other hostelries on the moors to choose from.
If at all possible, avoid the A169 at night, between Gallows Dike and Widow Howes Moor.
This is not what you might think it is. It is in fact the local ladies drama society, founded by Countess Downe in the same year that the ship Demeter ran aground. They hold meetings, Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7pm, at the Friendship Club, Church Street. These meetings go on until the early hours. Lady visitors will be made especially welcome, so be careful if you've been drinking.
For many years, Whitby Hospital had its own
Accident and Emergency unit serving the town and its outlying villages
and hamlets, this was downgraded to a Minor Injury unit in 2004. Patients
are now usually referred to the A&E at Scarborough Hospital for anything
more than cuts, bruises, double puncture wounds to the neck and blood
transfusions. The Maternity and the Geriatric units survive to this day,
but the wing containing the Lunatic Asylum has long gone. Visitors to
Whitby, however, can rest assured that Dr. Seward and his team will deal
with any late night emergency. Visitors are asked to advise reception
of their blood type on arrival.