Northern Lights At Whitby North Yorkshire

The Northern Lights At Whitby North Yorkshire, February 27th 2014

I was sat contemplating a couple of pints down The Board Inn with the lads when I got a message on Facebook from my Freind Ken Oliver who lives down in Hull.

Ken Told me he was seeing the Northern Lights down in Hull and said that given the amount of light polution down there it was highly likely I would get a much better display of the lights up here in Whitby.

I quickly packed my camera and tripod and headed off in the car. Knowing I had to find somewhere with no light pollution I opted for Sandsend Cliffs.

As I drove up the west cliff I could see a white fog out to The North. It was clearly the Northern lights but the light polution of Whitby was making them show white only, no colour was visible.

Arriving at Sandsend I was like a kid at Christmas. It’s 12 years since I saw the Northern Lights last at Whitby, but I knew I was about to see them again.

Unfortunately I had forgot my headlight, so i had to find my way along Sandsend cliffs in the dark. I have always said I can walk most areas of the coast blindfolded given the amount of time I have spent walking there over the years. Well here was my chance to test that theory.

Up the steps out of Sandsend Car park and a 20 minute walk to near Sandsend Tunnel where I knew the light polution of Whitby would be behind me and out of sight.

I got to an area anglers know as top of the world. The Northern lights were visible so i set up the camera on the cliff edge and started taking some pics.

Unsure of exposure lengths I opted for 4 minutes at iso 200 and iso 400. The setting seemed about perfect. Below are the best of the images I got. They are a little noisey but Im quite pleased to have captured the northern lights here at Whitby.

I hope you enjoy looking at these few pictures as much as I did taking them. So thanks for looking, and all the best – Glenn

Northern lights From sandsend Cliffs Looking Towards Boiler Scar.

Northern lights From sandsend Cliffs Looking Towards Boiler Scar.

The Northern Lights At Whitby North yorkshire (Sandsend)

The Northern Lights At Whitby North Yorkshire In February 2014 (Sandsend)

Th Northern lights In Yorkshire At Sandsend

Th Northern lights In Yorkshire At Sandsend

The Northern lights From Sandsend Car Park

The Northern lights From Sandsend Car Park

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9 Responses to "Northern Lights At Whitby North Yorkshire"

  1. barry  February 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    what is there to say,its always a pleasure viewing glenns photos.

  2. Amanda  February 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Brilliant!! Can they still be seen tonight??

  3. Mick  February 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Lucky you,
    I wish someone let me know, didnt know a thing till this morning. Unfortunately i left my phone in car which is setup for auroa alerts but car was picked up yesterday for repair with my phone still in it!

    I went to Ravenscar a few weeks ago when we were expecting a good display but was only seen as far south as the Holy Islands.

    Totaly gutted and envious!!

    Great shots by the way!

    Mick Rushton

  4. dave a  February 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    brilliant stuff Glen.

  5. Julie Noble  February 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I love these Glenn! Very jealous also as I was up in Whitby last night.

  6. Andrew Wright  February 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    An old Whitby lad exiled to Hungary!
    What a pleasure to see these amazing photos.
    My ancestors are in the churchyard and their eyes are dazzled, I’m sure!

  7. Tim Hicks  March 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Glenn,

    Congratulations on some very good photography.

    Best regards,


  8. Janice Rankin  August 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    If we could actually buy these as prints/wallpaper we would. Can we?

    • Real Whitby Webmaster  August 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Hi Janice, Yes they are available to buy in sizes upto a1 (30 x 20 Inch) canvas or prints at £60 each plus post and package or free delivery in Whitby area. Drop me a line at if your interested.


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