Situated on the East coast, Whitby is a popular tourist resort for many seeking to holiday in the UK.  The town has a rich and interesting history that attracts many visitors, from its ties with Dracula to the fact that it was the port in which the famous explorer Captain James Cook served his apprenticeship.  The numerous boating excursions available also make it a favoured destination for those with an interest in sea fishing.  However, Whitby is perhaps best loved by walkers and ramblers who seek out Whitby holiday cottages as a base for their exploration.  Here we look at two of the most popular walks in the Whitby area that will get you started on your discovery of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay

Leaving Whitby by ascending the famous 199 steps, you can take in the church and Abbey.  The route sticks close to the cliff edge by Saltwick Bay offering fantastic views of the coast.  At Whitestones Point you will encounter the foghorn that is fondly referred to as the ‘Whitby Bull’.  Whilst the foghorn can be heard from miles around, you will really feel its full force if it happens to be a foggy day as you arrive.  Once you get past Hawsker Bottoms you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Robin Hoods Bay and the walk down to the village is nice and easy.  There are several nice pubs that you can grab a spot to east or a few drinks before you set off home – or perhaps catch a lift. The walk is approximately 8 miles each way.

Robin Hoods Bay

Saltburn to Whitby

This walk is longer than our first route at 20 miles, so you are best to get a lift to Saltburn and walk back towards your whichever Whitby holiday cottages you have opted to stay in.  The Cleveland Way departs Saltburn via a path that ascends steeply round the back of the Ship Inn, before keeping to the left of the old coastguard cottages; bringing you out on top of the cliffs.  Finding the route along this walk is pretty simple as all you have to do is follow the path nearest to the sea.  Great caution must be taken though as the path does come scarily close to the edge in some areas and the drop would likely prove fatal.  You will properly join the cliff path at Huntcliff as the path leaves the fields just before a send world war pillbox.

A little further along the paths takes the route of the now disused railway line and then begins a slow descent into Skinningrove.  Here you will see an industrial area and a well made path that drops down to the shore near the old jetty, before climbing back out of the bay and onto the headland at Hummersea.  Just before you reach the next bay you will come across two ponds, whereby you turn inland across one field, past some cottages and onto the path that leads to the summit of Boulby – the highest cliff in England.  An easily visible track goes on from here and leads into the village of Staithes via Cowper Lane.  Staithes has some lovely pubs, which make it a great place to have a rest and something to eat or drink.

To carry on the walk make your way up Church Street, behind the pub and the path rises at the end of it.  You will then be able to make your way across some fields to Brakenberry Wyke, past Hinderwell Beacon before reaching the headland at Lingrow.  As you carry on to Cobble Dump, the path then turns sharply right away from the cliff edge and to the top of Runswick Bay.  As you leave Runswick Bay you continue to follow the coastline past Hob Holes and the headland of Kettleness.  When you reach Deepgrove Wyke take a short detour onto the disused railway track which will take you all the way to Sandsend.  If the tide is out when you reach Sandsend you are able to walk along the beach on home to the many Whitby holiday cottages, or wherever you might be staying.  If the tide is in then you are able to hop on the bus and ride the rest of the way, which is preferable to walking the road past all the bed and breakfasts.


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