|Ravenscar to Scarborough (15 km)|
The waterfall on the beach at Hayburn Wyke
Unfortunately, this day was completely obscured by fog - less than 50 metres visibility at times. Thus I cannot say much about the views, apparently they stretch down the coast past Scarborough Castle to Filey Brigg (the end of the Cleveland Way). Another consequence of the fog was that I took a short-cut into Scarborough by leaving the coast for a dismantled railway line exchanging a view-less coastal walk for a boring inland walk.
|Cliff House||B&B||01723 870889|
At Ravenscar, the Cleveland Way heads towards the hotel before diverting onto Station Road for 100 metres and then taking a track straight to the cliff tops. Turn south and in about a kilometre you pass a Coastguard Lookout Station (this has an emergency phone). The cliffs are followed towards the south over Beast Cliff and gently down to Petard Point (where the rumoured views start). The slightly less steep slopes of this section are covered with gorse and scrub woodland. There is a steep descent via steps into Hayburn Wyke with an enchanting small waterfall right on the shoreline (small detour needed). The delightful woods here are a nature reserve managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The Cleveland Way climbs up through the woods along good paths to reach farmland back on the cliff tops.
|Hayburn Wyke Inn||Hotel||01723 870202|
However I diverted from the official Cleveland Way at Hayburn Wyke. By turning uphill and to the left, Hayburn Wyke Inn is reached (useful for lunch even if following the Cleveland Way) and just along its access road is the dismantled railway line. The track-bed gives quick and easy (if boring) walking all the way into Scarborough. This route bypasses the Scarborough Youth Hostel near Scalby Mills by a fair distance with some road-walking needed to get there. I found it easier just to look around for a B&B.
The Cleveland Way though continues from Hayburn Wyke along the cliffs, soon diverting around the next inlet (Cloughton Wyke). Steps bring you up onto the high Hundale Point with a good view down the sheer crags to the rocks of Hundale Scar which are exposed at low water. Another Coastguard Lookout Station at Long Nab marks the departure from the North York Moors National Park. The walking is straight forward from here to Scalby Ness Sands. A footpath heading inland provides a good short-cut to the youth hostel (turn left at the main road). The northern end of Scarborough is reached after a traverse around Scalby Ness which has a great view of North Bay.