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Cloughton and Crook Ness

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Cloughton and Crook Ness
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 11 Jun 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Cloughton and Crook Ness Walking Guidestar1 Cloughton and Crook Ness Walking Guidestar1 Cloughton and Crook Ness Walking Guidestar1 Cloughton and Crook Ness Walking Guidestar0 Cloughton and Crook Ness Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Scarborough
Walk Type: Coastal
Cloughton and Crook Ness
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Cloughton and Crook Ness Walking Guide boot Cloughton and Crook Ness Walking Guide boot Cloughton and Crook Ness Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk from the small North Yorkshire village of Cloughton. The walk follows the old railway line heading south and then cuts across to the coast via a quiet lane. After following a section of the Cleveland Way coastal path the route rejoins the old railway line to return to Cloughton. The route takes in a particular peaceful section of Yorkshire Coast, in an area generally less popular with tourists, taking in the views across horse paddocks, crops fields and the beautiful cliff rock formations and out across the North Sea.

Three quarters of the route follows well-made paths (tarmac lanes and the old cinder track of the rail line) with the final coastal section following arable field edges which can be quite muddy. There are two gates (at the start and the end) and no stiles on route and just a few gentle gradients on the lanes. The only challenging parts of the route (and the reason for a difficulty rating of 3) are the flights of uneven rocky steps which take you down and up several ravines within the coastal path. Approximate time 2 hours.

Cloughton can be found on the A171 about 4 miles north of Scarborough. The walk starts from Station Lane – park on the roadside near the entrance to the old station tea room with consideration for the local residents. Approximate post code YO13 0AD.

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Walk Sections

Start to Field Lane
Start to Field Lane

Start point: 54.3328 lat, -0.4458 long
End point: 54.323 lat, -0.4395 long

Begin the walk from Station Lane and turn into the LNER Station Tea Room car park. Keep ahead passing the station buildings on the left.

Clougton Station opened in July 1885, along the old Whitby to Scarborough railway. The station had a canopied goods shed and was able to handle general goods, livestock, horse boxes and cattle vans. It was also home to a 1 ton permanent crane. Today the old station buildings have been converted into a tea room and accommodation.

As you reach the old goods shed on the left, fork left and go through the gate ahead to join the disused railway track.

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.

Continue on the Cinder Track just as far as the first bridge with a lane passing underneath. Turn right down the steps and right again to pass under the bridge on Field Lane.

Field Lane to Cleveland Way
Field Lane to Cleveland Way

Start point: 54.323 lat, -0.4395 long
End point: 54.3268 lat, -0.4221 long

The road climbs, then dips, then climbs and, as it begins to descend again, you’ll have great views ahead over the fields and out to sea. As you reach an arch of trees with the sign for Cliff Top House boarding kennels alongside, follow the main lane as it bends hard right.

Pass a small parking area on the right and then fork left onto the narrow tarmac footpath heading directly for the sea. Just before you reach the tunnel of trees ahead, fork left again onto the field edge footpath. The path soon swings left to become the coastal Cleveland Way.

Cleveland Way to Salt Pans Lane
Cleveland Way to Salt Pans Lane

Start point: 54.3268 lat, -0.4221 long
End point: 54.3421 lat, -0.4339 long

The Cleveland Way is a long distance path and National Trail. It is 110 miles long and follows a horseshoe shape from Helmsley to Filey. It was the second National Trail to be opened (back in 1969).

The bay you’ve just left behind is Crook Ness, which is recognised with special protection status. Back in Victorian times the ravine was used as a route to the shore to gather rocks and stones for road building (carried back by donkeys). Fossils of plant remains and molluscs are fairly common within the cliffs.

If you look behind you’ll soon see the skyline of Scarborough’s North Bay coming into view. The remains of Scarborough Castle (dating back to the 1150s) are clearly visible on the headland.

Continue past the Long Nab coastguard lookout (built 1927) and mine shelter (added 1939) on the right. Follow the Cleveland Way for some distance more and eventually you will cross a small ravine via stone steps down and then up. The path swings inland alongside a bay and crosses another ravine via a footbridge. The path swings sharp right at the back of the bay via steps across a third and final ravine.

After another short level section, follow the final flight of steps down and a few paces later turn left at the T-junction leaving the Cleveland Way. Continue uphill and up the steps to reach the bottom of a tarmac lane (Salt Pans Lane).

Salt Pans Lane to Cinder Track Bridge
Salt Pans Lane to Cinder Track Bridge

Start point: 54.3421 lat, -0.4339 long
End point: 54.3387 lat, -0.4433 long

Follow Salt Pans Lane ahead climbing steadily. Continue until you pass a small electricity substation on the right and the stone walls of the old railway bridge just beyond it. Cross over the bridge, turn right immediately afterwards and right again down a flight of steps to reach the Cinder Track old railway.

Cinder Track Bridge to End
Cinder Track Bridge to End

Start point: 54.3387 lat, -0.4433 long
End point: 54.3336 lat, -0.4455 long

Turn right again to follow the Cinder Track under the beautiful old stone arched bridge. Follow this section of the old railway under beautiful arches of old trees. You will pass out through a gate to reach Station Lane (with old Cloughton Station opposite) where the walk began.

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1 responses to "Cloughton and Crook Ness"

Great walk done on a windy but sunny day. Tearoom at end an added bonus. Check which days it is open.

By Hazelmargare on 2016-06-20 11:50:44

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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This was taken in June 2013. A bit overcast and breezy....

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