Scarborough to Whitby- Rail Trail (20 miles)

Book Tickets Online

About

This 21 mile walk or cycle route from Scarborough to Whitby begins in Scarborough in the mundane surroundings of Sainsbury's car park, off Falsgrave Road.

The Trail sets off north through a series of cuttings, passing under several bridges, into suburbia, before skirting alongside the playing fields, at the site of the former Northstead Carriage Sidings.

Next you must pass along Chichester Close before turning right onto Station Road. One then turns left into Field Close, before another right into Lancaster Way. At the end of Lancaster Way, pass through a gate back into open countryside.

After crossing a stream, the Trail soon crosses the busy A165 Coastal Road on the level at Burniston. There is a pelican crossing. After leaving Burniston, it's not far to Cloughton, where the old station has been restored with a tearoom in the old waiting room, and an old carriage between the platforms.

Leaving Cloughton, the Trail enters the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, and starts to steadily climb.

With glimpses of the North Sea, the way passes the old platforms at Hayburn Wyke station, with the opportunity for further refreshment at the Hayburn Wyke Hotel. If time allows perhaps make a diversion to walk down to the Wyke itself, a beautifully scenic cove belonging to the National Trust, with a double waterfall straight onto the beach.

Back on track, our path continues to Staintondale, now a private house. The line can also be exited here if wishing to visit the Shire Horse Farm.
For those continuing northwards, the way continues to climb up to the highest point of the line, the former station at Ravenscar 631 feet above sea level. Ravenscar can be quite bleak and windy spot, but there is a Visitor Centre, a tearoom and the Raven Hall Hotel.

On leaving Ravenscar, pass through Station Square, along Station Road, and descend Peakside beside the National Trust Visitor Centre, the route then begins to descend through a large alum quarry, which was also the site of the brickworks, having a railway siding until the 1930s.

After the quarry, the route skirts heather-clad hillsides with magnificent views across Robin Hood's Bay. The descent continues through woodland, crossing several deep valleys on large embankments, before the site of Fyling Hall station is reached. A bridge has been removed, requiring a descent to the lane before climbing back up to track level.

The old station platform is easily missed amongst the trees, but the views soon return, as we pass Middlewood Farm caravan site. A further road crossing is required at Lingers Corner, before arriving at the former Robin Hood's Bay station. The station buildings have been converted into holiday accommodation, and the village's main car park has been built over the station yard. Various public houses and cafes can be found in this popular village, but be warned, the main street down to the rocky beach is VERY steep!


On leaving Robin Hood's Bay, the former trackbed has been covered by back gardens, so it is necessary to travel a short way along Station Road, before turning left into Mount Pleasant North, at the end of which the path is rejoined.

After descending all the way from Ravenscar, the path starts to climb again around Bay Ness. The clifftop route of the Cleveland Way can be seen beyond fields on the right-hand side. We swing away from the sea views once more and pass another campsite before crossing the main A171 road at Hawsker. Once again there is a pelican crossing, and the Hare & Hounds pub is a short way down the road. The station at Hawsker is now the headquarters of Trailways Cycle Hire, and features several railway carriages at the platform. There is also a small café.

After Hawsker, the line passes under the road to Stainsacre and then passes over the same road, before continuing into Larpool Woods, which lead all the way down to Larpool Viaduct on the outskirts of Whitby, crossing the River Esk and the Whitby to Middlesbrough railway line. The viaduct offers extensive views of the river and harbour, all the way across to Whitby Abbey.

The track passes between school playing fields before finishing abruptly at the top of Stakesby Vale. To continue into 'Whitby proper', one must continue down Southend Gardens, into Bagdale, which leads to the bus & rail stations, and the Tourist Information Centre.

This walk is contained in: Mountain Biking the Easy Way. Price £1.95
This can be purchased either at Whitby Tourist Information Centre or by tel 01947 602124

Facilities

Routes

  • Accessibility of route - Various points on route
  • Description of route - Scarborough to Whitby
  • Length of route (miles) - 21

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Scarborough station is 0 miles away.

Scarborough to Whitby- Rail Trail (20 miles)

Type:Walking Route

Scarborough Town, Scarborough Town Centre, Scarborough, YO11 2HF
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel01723 383636

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

What's Nearby

  1. Climb to the top of the West Pier Lighthouse and enjoy the best view in Whitby.

    0 miles away
  2. Come and relax with our 12 adorable feline friends in a grade II listed building set in…

    0.05 miles away
  3. Visit the Tracy Savage Galleries & Pottery to discover a wealth of originality, from her…

    0.06 miles away
  4. Central Tramway is one of the oldest and busiest cliff railways still operating in the…

    0.06 miles away
  1. Opened in 1829, the Rotunda Museum is one of the world’s first purpose-built museums and…

    0.15 miles away
  2. Established in 2001 by artists, it differs from many sparse galleries; this is both…

    0.15 miles away
  3. Paint a pot and other crafts - relax with family and friends – tea, coffee and cakes.

    0.21 miles away
  4. Crescent arts is situated on the Crescent in the Town Centre of Scarborough.

    0.21 miles away
  5. Scarborough is Britain's first seaside resort and was once a large shipbuilding and…

    0.22 miles away
  6. Haunted rooms, bewitched graveyard, aliens and predators, jurassic dinosaur, chainsaw…

    0.23 miles away
  7. Scarborough Art Gallery, an Italianate villa built in the 1840s as part of The Crescent,…

    0.24 miles away
  8. Amusement arcades, bingo halls, ice cream parlours, fun fairs, snooker and pool halls,…

    0.24 miles away
  9. Scarborough's unique office & meeting venue, also offering virtual offices and a…

    0.25 miles away
  10. Scarborough South Bay beach is known more for it’s classic seaside feel with it’s…

    0.25 miles away
  11. Past Times Studio is a renowned, professional photographic studio based in the…

    0.25 miles away
  12. Travel coast to coast across spectacular Lancashire and Yorkshire landscapes from…

    0.28 miles away
Previous Next
  • Borough of Scarborough Logo
  • Visit England Logo
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Logo
  • Borough of Scarborough Logo
  • Visit England Logo
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Logo

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss