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Scarborough to Whitby Cycle Path (The Cinder Track)

  • Scarborough Town Centre, Scarborough, YO11 2HF
  • 01723 383636
  • Nature & Gardens, Sport & Leisure,

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 York 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 Station, 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 track-bed 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 re-joined. 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 there.

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 and rail stations and the Tourist Information Centre.