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image for Guided Walk item typeRavenscar Trail - Chemical Coast at Ravenscar

Guided Walk, free entry



© Helen Rawling RGS-IBG Discovering Britain

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Welcome to Ravenscar; a coastal village right on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, just south of the seaside towns of Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby. Like many places its fortunes have changed over the centuries and it has experienced times of boom and bust.

Today Ravenscar is a quiet village, and the population of the whole parish (including a neighbouring village) is only 319! However, 370 years ago, it was a busy industrial town and a key location in the birth of the British chemical industry.

This trail explores how Ravenscar’s remote location has been both a help and hindrance to the village’s fortunes.

Location: Ravenscar, North Yorkshire, YO13 0NE
Start and finish point: Ravenscar Visitor Centre, Ravenscar, North Yorkshire, YO13 0NE
Grid reference: NZ 98009 01594

For full written guide for this walk see attached PDF at top of page.

Walk Route: See weblink below

Access: Uneven terrain

Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

Miles: 2

On-site cateringPostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)

Children welcomeDogs accepted


Free entry


Raven Hall Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO13 0NA



See location of Ravenscar on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NZ 980014  Lat: 54.39863 Long: -0.49175

By Road:
From the south join the M1 motorway (signposted The North), join M18 at junction 32, at junction 7 continue forward onto the M62 (signposted Hull). Leave the M62 at junction 37 then merge onto A63, at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A614 (signposted Bridlington) and continue forward onto the A165 towards Scarborough - travel towards the town centre. At traffic signals turn left onto the A171 (signposted York A64) and continue forward onto A171 (signposted Whitby, Thirsk), head towards Whitby, turn right (signposted Ravenscar), then turn left onto Stubbs Lane, continue forward onto Gainforth Wath Road and onto Rudda Road then bear left onto Bloody Beck Hill, continue forward onto Scarborough Road and turn right onto Raven Hall Road.

From the north take the A171 and head towards Whitby, coming through Whitby head towards Scarborough and at traffic signals turn right onto A171 (signposted Scarborough), turn left onto Stubbs Lane, continue forward onto Gainforth Wath Road, then onto Rudda Road, turn left onto Bloody Beck Hill, continue forward onto Scarborough Road and finally turn right onto Raven Hall Road.


  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted