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|Robin Hood's Bay and Maw Wyke|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 08 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, N York Moors|
|A 6 mile circular walk from Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast. The route joins the Cleveland Way coastal path heading north to reach Maw Wyke, before turning inland through a caravan park to join the Cinder Track, a disused railway line, for the return leg. |
The paths can all get quite muddy after periods of wet weather and the Cleveland Way has several climbs and descents through gullies. The surfaces are at some points paved with rocks as steps but these can also get quite slippery. There are no stiles, just a few gates and kissing gates. Keep children and dogs under close control on the coastal path as the cliff edges are unfenced and have very sheer drops. Where landslides disrupt the route there will be diversions into the adjacent fields which are likely to be holding both sheep and cattle (although the fields are very big so this doesn’t really pose a problem). You are likely to be sharing the return leg along the old railway with both horse riders and cyclists. There are public toilets at the car park at the start. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.
The walk starts from the Station pay and display car park in Robin Hood’s Bay on Station Road. Robin Hood’s Bay is just a few miles south of Whitby and is accessed via the main A171 road. Approximate post code YO22 4RA.
|Start to Rocket Post Field|
Start point: 54.436 lat, -0.5361 long
Leave the car park opposite the toilets and turn left back down to the main road. Cross over with care, turn left and take the first right into Mount Pleasant North (signed Cinder Track and Cleveland Way). Continue all the way to the end of the road where you’ll reach a three-way signpost.
|Rocket Post Field to Coastguard Lookout|
Start point: 54.4372 lat, -0.5316 long
Follow the path a little further ahead and in the field on the left you’ll see the Rocket Post which gives the field its name - a telegraph pole with extra wooden rungs each side.
|Coastguard Lookout to Railway Path Sign|
Start point: 54.4431 lat, -0.5222 long
At the far end of the field, pass out through the gate to continue on the coastal path. Further along if the tide is out you’ll see plateaus of stone stretching out to the sea.
|Railway Path Sign to Caravan Park|
Start point: 54.4498 lat, -0.5318 long
For the main route keep ahead on the Cleveland Way as it swings left, crosses a footbridge and climbs fairly steeply uphill to reach a gate onto the next section of cliffs. Follow the path for some distance.
|Caravan Park to Cinder Track|
Start point: 54.4599 lat, -0.5506 long
Follow the tarmac path climbing through the centre of the caravan park. Pass through the gate at the top and turn right along the lane. Pass by the park reception on the right and follow the lane as it swings left signed again for Hawsker.
|Cinder Track to 4x4 Course|
Start point: 54.457 lat, -0.5599 long
Follow the Cinder Track for some distance. From 1885 to its closure in 1965, the railway line from Scarborough to Whitby ferried passengers and goods up and down the North Yorkshire coast. It now forms 21 miles of Route 1 of the National Cycle Network. The name Cinder Track was coined by locals because the track ballast was made from cinders rather than crushed stone.
|4x4 Course to End|
Start point: 54.443 lat, -0.5273 long
Keep ahead on the Cinder Track and you will emerge to a collection of properties. Bear left and then right and you will pass on the left the gate you took for the outward leg. From this point retrace your steps back to the car park. Follow Mount Pleasant North to its end. Turn left and then immediately right to reach the car park.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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