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Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow

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Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow
Author: DWY, Published: 14 Sep 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow Walking Guide & GPSstar0 Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow Walking Guide & GPSstar0 Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow Walking Guide & GPSstar0 Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow Walking Guide & GPSstar0 Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow Walking Guide & GPS
North Yorkshire, Robin Hood's Bay
Walk Type: Coastal
Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow Walking Guide & GPS boot Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow Walking Guide & GPS boot Robin Hood's Bay and Stoupe Brow Walking Guide & GPS
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A 6 mile circular walk from Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast. Beginning with a wide easy to follow path, the walk offers a good steady climb opening up magnificent views of the North Sea, the coast and Ravenscar. The more strenuous return leg along the cliff tops eventually drops into historic Robin Hood’s Bay with its attractions, pubs and cafes. There’s plenty of opportunity for your dog to be let off the lead safely and they are allowed on this beach all year round too.

The outward leg is mainly on the track bed of the former railway line to Scarborough, the return leg along the cliff is more strenuous and includes two steep climbs using steps. There are some quiet roads to cross and the final section in Robin Hood’s Bay can be busy at holiday times or weekends. There are no stiles to negotiate but you will need to use several flights of steps. Including the beach, much of this walk allows your dog a great deal of freedom to have a run and a good sniff around. Dogs are allowed all year on this beach, but please clean up. Allow 3 hours.

From the A171 Whitby to Scarborough road, take the B1447 at High Hawsker, which runs down into the Robin Hood’s Bay. Alternatively, you could take the No.93 or X93 bus from Middlesbrough, Guisborough, Whitby and Scarborough, operated by Arriva Buses. There is a pay and display car park on Station Road. Approximate post code YO22 4RA. The walk starts by Fylingdales Hall at the edge of the Station Road car park.

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Start to Browside Farm

Start point: 54.4356 lat, -0.538 long
End point: 54.4091 lat, -0.5327 long

From the Station car park, follow the access road to the right (away from the vehicle entrance), immediately passing the village hall and old railway station buildings. The road is quiet, and part of the Cinder Track – a cycle path along the old railway line from Scarborough to Whitby – and waymarked as part of the National Cycle Network. The track drops down to a road, cross it and turn right for a short way then follow the Cinder Track sign to the left to re-join the cycle track.

The route sticks to the old track bed for the next hour – often thickly lined with trees, while all the time passing farmland on either side. The track drops down to cross Middlewood Lane then back up to continue along the Cinder Track. After passing the former Fylinghall Station Master’s house to the right, and remnants of the platforms to the left, descend a flight of steps to the road. Cross the quiet road and immediately climb some more steps back to the track (the steps can be avoided by staying on the track to the right, down to the road, and crossing there). When the railway was still in use, it was carried over the road by a bridge.

The track continues under a substantial bridge and starts to climb as the tree canopy opens. After passing Alison Head Wood, the track bears left to Browside Farm from where there are splendid views of the Yorkshire Coastline and the North Sea.

Browside Farm to Boggle Hole

Start point: 54.4091 lat, -0.5327 long
End point: 54.4228 lat, -0.5308 long

After the track bears right, pass under a stone bridge with a brick arch then turn left onto a short path which leads to a single-track road. With a fine sea view ahead, follow the road as it meanders downhill towards Stoupebrow Cottage Farm – keeping your dog under close control. As the road straightens, there are spectacular views of Robin Hood’s Bay and its cliffs in front.

Continue on past a sign for Ravenscar and at the end of the road, by Stoupe Bank Farm, keep to the right following a waymarked path for the Cleveland Way and beach. Head downhill along the stone step path, and cross the footbridge over Stoupe Beck to the steps back up the cliff. (NOTE: If the tide is favourable, it is possible to walk back to Robin Hood’s Bay along the beach from this beautiful spot – but please only do so if you are sure of the tide times. This beach option will allow you to avoid the steep descents and climbs within the cliff path).

Continue up the steps and follow the path along the cliff top along a wide, grassy path next to a wooden post and wire fence. Behind there are great views to Ravenscar with its cliff top hotel. It may be wise to keep your dog on the lead here due to the erosion of parts of the cliff edges.

At a National Trust sign for Boggle Hole, descend some steps to a quiet road and cross over, before heading a short distance to the right. There is also another opportunity to head to the beach at this point. Turn left at a sign for Boggle Hole and refreshments, following the path over the footbridge and passing the Boggle Hole Youth Hostel to the left.

Boggle Hole to End

Start point: 54.4228 lat, -0.5308 long
End point: 54.4357 lat, -0.5379 long

Once across Mill Beck, climb some more steep steps and follow the path up into the trees. Pass through a gate and continue ahead along an enclosed path with fine views of Robin Hood’s Bay straight ahead. After passing through the next gate, turn right while remaining on the waymarked coastal path, the Cleveland Way. Again there is some erosion here – so keep your dog under close control.

The path leads to a flight of wooden steps, keep descending to the right towards the slipway at Robin Hood’s Bay. At the bottom, the walk continues left towards the village but a quick diversion to the beach may just be too tempting!

On the road by the coastguard station, head uphill along New Road. It may be wise to stop for refreshment along the way before tackling the steepest section beyond the Laurel Inn back up towards the starting point. After passing the roundabout and the Victoria Hotel to the right, continue along Station Road, back to the car park.

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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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