IN PICTURES: Myths and legends of our Yorkshire coast and countryside
Hobgoblins, smugglers, vampires and lands that time forgot – there is more to the coastline and countryside than meets the eye.
By Sue Wilkinson
Thursday, 28th February 2019, 2:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th February 2019, 2:42 pm
Staithes: Beautiful mermaids have been caught in fishermens nets in the fishing village. Legend has it two mermaids were swept ashore during a storm. They were imprisoned for months before charming a fisherman to set them free.
“We’ve never needed magic more in our lives, and the Yorkshire Coast is one of the very few places left in the UK where you can still find it,” said Janet Deacon, tourism and corporate marketing manager for Scarborough Borough Council and area director for Welcome to Yorkshire.
Boggle Hole, Rosedale and Lowna in Runswick Bay where hobgoblins can be found.
The evil elves and ghastly goblins of the North York Moors inspired Malton writer Ian Johnson to write the brilliant book The Witcher Keys.
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Sandsend: Dont disturb Jeanie, the malevolent fairy in Mulgrave Woods shell curse anyone who interrupts her solitude.
Whitby, its abbey, 199 Steps and St Mary's are now synonymous with Bram Stoker and Dracula. The book has spawned films - including Christopher Lee as the vampire in the Hammer House of Horror flicks - plays and musicals.
Author Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland in Whitby - one of his favourite places to stay. You can follow the White Rabbit Trail round the town
Whitby Abbey: a sacred place of magic and miracles, dreams and dragons.
New for this year: the holy and unholy in English Heritages new 1.6m visitor centre will be launched at Easter.
Tomorrows Ghosts Festival will run across Whitby from Friday April 26 to Sunday April 28 and Friday November 1 to November Sunday 3.
Whitby also plays host to Steampunk Festivals. The next one runs at Whitby Pavilion from Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28.
Robin Hoods Bay: once the most infamous smugglers haunt in Yorkshire, where ghosts were summoned to protect secret hoards. Visitors can pick up the Smugglers Trail booklet from outlets in the village which takes them on a tour of the narrow streets and alleys of Robin Hoods Bay.
Ravenscar: the eerie Town that Never Was, a dream holiday resort abandoned in the 1900s after mysterious misfortunes (and so ensuring this magnificent coastline remains gloriously untamed).
Scarborough: a place where the past never died, with ghostly poets at Woodend art gallery, a glamorous paranormal party at the Grand Hotel, and a parade of death at St Marys Church.
At Scarborough Castle a Roman soldier patrols, while King Richard III looks out for his fleet, and headless Piers Gaveston wreaks vengeance on the unwary.
Scarborough will host Seafest a mix of music, theatre and food from Friday July 26 to Monday July 29.
Filey Brigg is infamous as a dragons tomb, and the best place to spot Fileys sea-monsters today.
Meanwhile, Filey Bay is a shipwreck graveyard drenched in death.
Filey: as well as having spooky streets, the town was voted the UKs UFO Hotspot in 2014, after numerous unexplained sightings. Resident Russ Kellett is a UFO expert.
Bridlington: is the place where an ancient sacred river meets the sea. The surrounding countryside is one of Britains most important archaeological landscapes, and a wonderland of holy springs and mysterious monuments, including Britains largest standing stone.
Rudston Monolith stands in the churchyard in the village of Rudston, near Bridlington.
Wold Newton Meteorite fell on the village at 3am on December 13 1795.