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Ravenscar is situated 7 miles/11 kilometres south-east of Whitby. There is an impressive panorama of the great sweep of Robin Hood's Bay on the approach road to Ravenscar.

The country mansion of Raven Hall, built in 1774, became a hotel in 1895 as part of an ambitious plan to build a new town. The latter failed miserably but the hotel continues. The alum industry shaped the Ravenscar landscape and the fascinating story of the industry can be discovered at the archaeological remains.

There is also a Coastal Centre run by the National Trust. You can find out more from the National Trust.

The disused Scarborough to Whitby railway line passes through Ravenscar. The views from it are stunning, with panoramic vistas of the Heritage Coast. It's more or less flat and there's no traffic so it's an ideal route for walkers, horseriders and cyclists. It's 20 miles in total but, of course, you don't have to go the whole way. If you take a look at the old station platform, you will see the work of local sculptor Vivien Mousdell and the children of Ravenscar. The carved sleepers and tiles fronting the platform celebrate Ravenscar's association with the Scarborough to Whitby railway.

Facilities in the village include public toilet, cafe/tea shop, public house, post office, a church, a hotel and public telephone box.

On-site cateringPostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)

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Raven Hall Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO13 0NA



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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.


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