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A Walk In Pannett Park, Whitby

Wooden Carvings, A Museum, Squirrels, A Temple and Much More

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
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Dillons and La Rosa, Lovely Places In Whitby

When I stay in Whitby my favourite guest house is Mat and Craig’s “Dillons” and my favourite hotel is “La Rosa”. I am writing a piece on Dillons but you can check out their website here and will add it here once it is complete, and La Rosa is just below.

When you walk out of Dillon’s across the road is one entrance to Pannett Park which is a wonderful green centrepiece to the town of Whitby (I think it is classed as a town).

Walking Round Pannett Park Whitby - The Jurassic Garden and Flower Clock

Jurassic Garden

The video that heads this is my walk around Pannett Park and this is a description of what I have found in this wonderful place. Starting from walking out of the front door at Dillons on Chubb Hill Road you can enter the Park or cross the road then take a left and enjoy the Jurassic Garden and the Flower Clock before entering the Park properly.

The Whitby TimeLine Including Dracula and Whitby Abbey

There is also a Whitby TimeLine which starts 185 million years ago when Monkey Puzzle Trees started growing in the forests then a huge jump to 664AD when the Synod of Whitby was held in Whitby Abbey, which was destroyed by the Danes in 867 and was closed by Henry VIII, you can listen to what I read out in the video, Botham's Bakers which are still going strong opened in 1865 and in 1897 Bram Stoker wrote “Dracula” who came ashore at Whitby.

A lot has happened in Whitby that even I was unaware of and this timeline takes you through much of it.

The Wooden Sculptures

When I walk in at the Chubb Hill late end I was hit by a new wooden sculpture which, one of two left, I believe are fabricated from dead trees, though these sculptures have breathed life into them. The new one is a double-sided one of a girl holding the sun backed with her holding the moon. It is truly breathtaking. There is also an owl and a bird, and yesterday I took a picture of a squirrel sitting on the sculpture.

Close behind is a green man type head, carved from a stump with hair of leaves, and this is very impressive as well.

There was an owl sculpture but that was destroyed in the recent storms

The War Memorial

Up the hill is a memorial area with wooden and coloured glass whalebones framing a view over Whitby. It has seating and a “We Will Remember” statement and is a very peaceful area for contemplation.

The Pacific Garden

This is a small area as you leave Pannett Park with what seem to be Maori carvings and insignia, with seating overlooking a very steep garden area.

The Roman Temple

Donated by the widow and daughters of Captain Thomas Kirby and is called the Lily Pool Garden. Again it is extremely tranquil and relaxing and you can see it in the video and the early morning picture above.

The Wildlife

Although in previous years I have been plagued by seagulls and pigeons this year it seems to be grey squirrels and they are certainly not shy animals. One even jumped on a seated man’s leg as he made a phone call. He didn’t seem to be too impressed.

The Pannett Art Gallery and Museum

Unfortunately, this was closed when I visited but contains a free Art Gallery and a paid Museum which I have visited in previous years. You can visit the website here.

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  • Mariann Carrollabout a year ago

    Nice, did you take all the pictures? The way you tell the story as if you took us along. Thanks 💗

  • Cathy holmes2 years ago

    very nice. The sculptures are beautiful.

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