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Raincliffe Woods Circular Walks - Wallis Trail

Raincliffe Woods Circular Walks - Wallis Trail

Raincliffe Woods Circular Walks - Wallis Trail


The friends of Raincliffe Woods are pleased to bring to you three circular walks around Raincliffe Woods. These walks will help you to enjoy one of the most beautiful parts of Scarborough Borough, letting you experience first hand, the wonderful flora and fauna, spectacular views of the coastline and countryside surrounding the woodland and quiet contemplations within the woodland scenery.

The walks are easy to follow and are waymarked in three different colours, orange, blue and green. They can be joined at any part of the route, depending on which car park you leave your car.

The Wallis Trail is more strenuous with a steep gradient to the top of the woods. It is a 'figure 8' route, take care at the crossover point. The whole route takes about 2 hours to complete, though the 'return loop' takes only 30 minutes and misses the climb.

Each of the circular walks has a name, Rowntree, Graham and Wallis. These names are very important in the history of Raincliffe Woods and instrumental in preserving the woods as a place of beauty.

In the mid 1800's, Raincliffe Woods belonged to the Earl of Londesborough, and was part of a 2,508 acre sporting and agricultural estate known as the Raincliffe Estate.

Following the death of the Earl, the estate was put up for sale and was subsequently purchased by a West Riding timber merchant with the intention of clear felling the timber and selling off the land.

The pending destruction of Raincliffe so incensed a group of local business men, that in 1925 they, CC Graham, George Rowntree and Arnold Wallis formed 'The Trust' and bought the woodland back to ensure it's survival.

Please note, paths can be slippery and uneven in places, so please wear suitable footwear. The walks can be quite strenuous and the route is steep in places as it climbs to and from the top of the wood.

Duration: 2 hours

Accepts groups

Children welcome

Open all the time


Free entry


Lady Ediths Drive,
North Yorkshire,
YO12 7RY



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Map reference: TA 030883  Lat: 54.27997 Long: -0.41950

By Road:
Situated approximately 2.5 miles west of Scarborough town centre. From A171 out of Scarborough along Scalby Road. Pass through traffic signals, hospital and Yorkshire Coast College and then take a left turn onto Lady Eiths Drive. Follow road along until it becomes Low Road which bends around Raincliffe Woods.
From A170 Ayton take the turn off at Castlegate sign posted Forge Valley. Follow road along river until it takes a sharp bend to the right and take a right turn into Raincliffe Woods.

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Scarborough station


  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome