Circular and Linear Walks

A coastal view from the Cleveland Way

Circular and Linear Walks

This is a circular walk on an attractive coastal section of the Cleveland Way at Ravenscar.  Ravenscar is a great spot to visit, with a unique history - it is known as the "Town that never was" and outstanding views across the coast to Robin Hoods Bay. It also houses the National Trust Visitor Centre, where there is plenty of good advice and drinks and light snacks are available, as well as the Ravenscar Tea Rooms and Raven Hall Hotel

This is a  walk of great contrasts. Firstly the dramatic cliff top experience, then a chance to walk on the old railway line between Scarborough and Whitby before culminating in a visit to the fascinating site of the Peak Alum Works.

  • Distance:  6 miles (9.5km)
  • Duration:  allow 3 1/2 to 4 hours including breaks
  • Difficulty:  this is a fairly easy walk

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Enjoy the National Park in a nutshell on this 11-mile walk through some of the North York Moors’ most characteristic landscapes. From the craggy heights of Ravenscar the route runs across Howdale Moor for some classic moorland scenery before dropping down to the old Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line and along to the famous smugglers’ haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay. Both here and at nearby Boggle Hole you can indulge in a spot of rock-pooling and fossil-hunting, before returning along an exhilarating clifftop stretch of the Cleveland Way National Trail, via the old alum works industrial site. That’s a powerful combination of the best National Park experiences in one big day out.

  • Distance: 11 miles (17.7km)
  • Duration:  6 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty:  This is a strenuous walk

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This is one of the North York Moors National Park's Coastal Ambles.

Robin Hood’s Bay holds a fascinating mix of history and legend. A Stone Age settlement, smugglers’ haunt in the 1700s and a 190 million year old coastline full of ancient rocks, Jurassic fossil and rock pools. This experience leads you along the beach at low tide and back on the Cleveland Way National Trail, with views from the cliff top. Check tide times. Add 10 minutes to the Whitby tide times for Bay.

  • Distance:  1 1/2 miles/ 2.25km
  • Duration:  about 2 hours
  • Difficulty: There are steep steps at both Boggle Hole and Robin Hood's Bay

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This 6 mile circular walk to Maw Wyke follows the cliffs north of Robin Hood's Bay and passes Ness Point, one of the most treacherous headlands along this coastline. Looking at the jagged rocks, it's not hard to imagine small fishing boats being tossed about at the mercy of the sea.  The stiff breezes, wheeling seabirds and clifftop panoramas are left behind on the return along the Cinder Track, the line of the old railway between Whitby and Scarborough, where occasional benches, hedgerows and wildflower patches offer a gentle approach to the age-old fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay.

  • Distance    6 miles (9.8Km)
  • Duration     4 hours
  • Difficulty      Moderate - it is generally easy going, but there is one steep climb to get from the Cleveland Way to the Cinder Track

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Get some sea air on this 4-mile circular walk, starting at the atmospheric old fishing village of Staithes, with its harbourside cottages, cobbled streets and winding alleys. Leave the sheltered harbour and follow the Cleveland Way National Trail for the first half of the walk, tramping across the high cliffs to Port Mulgrave and enjoying wonderful coastal views. The return is across fields and through woodland, via the small hamlet of Dalehouse.

  • Distance: 4 miles (6.4km)
  • Duration:  2 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty:  A moderate walk, with a steep climb from Staithes Harbour to the cliff top and a descent and ascent in the woods.

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This 5¼ mile / 8.5km walk uses the Cleveland Way National Trail along the Sutton Bank escarpment, which means you can enjoy outstanding views across the Vale of Mowbray to the distant Yorkshire Dales. It also takes in some of the Sutton Bank ‘Cliff’ cycle route, which winds through the woods and across the fields.

There are no steps or stiles and so the walk is likely to be suitable for people with a wheelchair, mobility scooter, hand cycle mountain bikes or mountain trikes.



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Some of the most spectacular views in the whole National Park unfold as you cross the heights of Cold Moor, en route to the magnificent rock crags known as the Wainstones.  This 8-mile circuit makes a challenging day out, but you are amply rewarded for your efforts, whether it's watching rock-climbers tackle the crags, sampling one of the most thrilling sections of the Cleveland Way National Trail, or skirting Urra Moor on your return - the latter is the highest point in the North York Moors.  This is a fabulous moorland walk, with lots of high points - in every respect!

  • Distance:     8 miles (13 km)
  • Duration:     5 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty:     a strenuous walk with plenty of ups and downs


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