Ravenscar, home to one of the best hotels near Whitby, is a village with a difference. The Victorian era was a time of great expansion. At the turn of the 19th-20th Century, new railways lines were being established throughout the UK, and Yorkshire was no exception.
By this time, Scarborough was already a booming example of the new seaside resorts which were turning towns across England into prime holiday destinations, and it was thought that Ravenscar could be transformed into a place that would be able to compete against its neighbour for the custom of visiting tourists.
The sleepy village – until this time known locally as ‘Peak’ – suddenly became a hotbed of activity, with roads, houses and even a sewage system being built in preparation for the great onset of visitors from the surrounding area and beyond.
For all their grand plans, however, something the Victorian entrepreneurs behind the scheme did not take into account was the limits imposed by the rugged Ravenscar landscape.
It soon became apparent to potential investors that the village could not, after all, be another Scarborough; the promised new railway line did arrive, but trains initially struggled to make it up the steep hills that characterise the area.
The clifftop location – unsurprisingly – proved to be susceptible to strong gusts of wind, meaning that it would not have been the ideal spot for sandcastles and donkey rides!