We can’t promise that if you walk this Whitby route you’ll dive down a rabbit hole and into a world of mad hatters and Cheshire cats, but we can assure you that this walk is one of the nicest ways to explore the town during a stay nearby.
Lewis Carroll visited Whitby several times during his life, and the first time he visited as a student he stayed for two months. Fans of the writer and his work can walk the town in a trail dedicated to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – The White Rabbit Trail.
One of Carroll’s peers once told how a group of them sat on Whitby Beach, enthralled as Carroll told them stories to pass away an afternoon, and as he often used real places and sights in his stories there’s a quiz associated with this trail to help children keep their eyes peeled as they go.
Carroll’s first ever piece of published work was a poem set in Whitby called ‘The Lady of the Ladle’ and many believe that the fishing town inspired the surreal fish that appear in many of his works. It’s impossible to tell exactly which parts of the town inspired Carroll – but trying to guess as you complete the walk makes this one even more fun.