Difficulty: – Moderate
Distance:- 7 miles/ 11.2 Km
Description: – This is probably the most popular section of the Cleveland Way with lots of interest along the way and some magnificent cliff scenery. Head for the top of the famous 199 steps up to St Mary’s Church then head off past the abbey to join the cliff path. You will soon spot the remains of the Creteblock, this concrete vessel was built during the First World War in order to save steel.
Look down to the beach at Saltwick Bay and at low tide you may spot the remains of an ancient harbour built to service the local alum industry in the17th century. Pass the old Whitby fog horn, now a private house, and the lighthouse and then on past Maw Wyke.
At this point around 5 miles, you could head into Hawsker for a pub lunch and refreshment before either heading back to this trial, or following the disused railway line into Robin Hoods Bay.
As you approach ‘Bay’ you get extensive views to Ravenscar and in the far distance the cliffs of Filey and Flamborough.
Length/Grade;- 7 miles (11.2km) After the climb from Whitby town to the abbey the route follows an undulating cliff path all the way to Robin Hoods Bay.
Transport;- Bus runs around every 30 mins between Whitby and Bay. You could take the bus from Whitby to ‘Bay and walk back. We had a few early evening drinks in Bay then got a taxi back for around £9.
Difficulty: – Easy
Distance:- 2.5 miles/ 4 Km
Description: – This an easy walk to fill in a few hours. Turn left as you come out of the apartment and walk up the hill to the roundabout. Turn left at the round-about onto Upgang Lane and keep going straight on, picking up and following signposts for Sandsend walking past Whitby Golf club. After about half a mile you will see a pub called the Whitehouse that you can call in a refresh yourself for the trek ahead. You can follow the road which is all downhill or look towards your right and head for the beach then walk along the flat open sands, paddling along the shore to take you to Sandsend.
When you arrive you can either head for the delightful “Wits End Cafe” which has a lovely secluded garden for tea and scones or head for one of the Pubs and have a pint and Bar meal. The Hart pub as a lovely beer garden. There are also a couple of shops you can browse.
Buses run every 20 mins and will take you back to Whitby town centre for around £2 via Chubb Hill Road and passing Whitby Apartment.com.