Robin Hoods Bay Walk - June 2nd

Posted 7/6/2018

Saturday saw a group of 12 adults and 1 child make the trip to North Yorkshire for Dearne Valley Walking Group’s Robin Hood’s Bay and Ravenscar Walk. The trip up gave cause for concern with us travelling through several heavy rain showers but on arriving, although the weather was cloudy it was dry with no sign of rain.

We began by walking down the quaint narrow main street which descends to a rocky beach and landing stage. Just before reaching this we took the Cleveland Way path on the right which took us between some cottages and then turned sharp left up a steep set of steps which emerged on the top of the cliffs giving excellent views across the whole of the Bay.

From here we followed the coast path along the cliff tops to Boggle Hole where we again descended a series of steps to drop almost to ground level as we crossed a footbridge over Mill Beck by the Youth Hostel to climb back up another set of steps back onto the cliff tops.

Another descent down steps followed just before Stoupe Bank Farm as we again crossed a footbridge before again ascending further steps back to the cliff top. We continued along the top of the cliffs as far as the former Peak Alum Works just outside Ravenscar which is where we paused for a lunch break.

It was here when the rain started to arrive but, luckily, it was only light as we then made our way inland a little, climbing gradually through some woodland up to meet the Cinder Track cycle trail just before the National Trust Visitor Centre at Ravenscar. We then opted to walk a further 600 yards to the Ravenscar Team Rooms for coffee and cake before staring our return trip.

We returned to pass the NT Visitor Centre and re-traced our outward route until the path forked with us following the Cinder Track to the left which meandered up hill to give more elevated views across the bay. The Cinder track is the track bed of the former Whitby to Scarborough railway line which closes in 1965 and is now a walking and cycle trail along its 21 mile route.

We followed the Cinder Track all the way back to Robin Hood’s Bay, passing the sites of former quarries and moving gradually inland. As we did so the rain became heavier for spells prompting waterproof coats to be quickly donned – and the odd umbrella to emerge too!

We eventually made our way past the outskirts of the village of Fylingthorpe and emerged at the former Robin Hood’s Bay station buildings to complete our walk as the rain eased somewhat, the bulk of our group opting for a post-walk drink in the Victoria Hotel.

Well done to the 13 people who completed this 9.7 mile walk.