North York Moors CAM

 

Thursday 12th July 2001

Weather: Mainly fine but breezy

Today's Walk: Hayburn Wyke - Cloughton Wyke - Scarborough

( returning via the disused Scarborough to Whitby railway track )

( 12 miles )


 

Hayburn Wyke is a spectacular hidden place of beauty 6 miles north of Scarborough
- it became a particularly popular picnic spot in Victorian days with the coming of the Whitby to Scarborough railway line
Nowadays, apart from when visited by walkers, it is relatively quiet

Today's walk begins at The Hayburn Wyke Hotel ( Grid Ref: 007 969 ) which was built right next to the railway line

 

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Entering the woods, which lie in a protected Nature Reserve, we join and follow the Cleveland Way path downhill
until it reaches a small, wooden footbridge which crosses Hayburn Beck
- from here we scramble down to the boulder-strewn beach of Hayburn Wyke where first time visitors will be delighted
to see the stream cascading over large gritstone blocks and onto the beach below.
There are twin falls in times of heavy rain but not today

 

The undercliff at Hayburn Wyke is the home of a wide variety of plants and wildlife

 

 Other than attracting picnickers, this is also a favourite place for artists

 

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We retrace our steps by climbing back up through the woods and onto the cliff-top path, enjoying the view back down
then following the Cleveland Way in a southerly direction, soon getting our first glimpses of Scarborough in the distance

 

Scarborough Castle is prominent on the headland in the centre of the photo with Oliver's Mount (centre right)

 

About a mile further on we arrive at another spectacular bay - Cloughton Wyke

 

The waters are very clear as we look back from the edge of the cliff . . .

 

. . . before stepping back for a safer shot!

 

Further on we look back to Long Nab . . .

 

. . . and forward towards Scalby Ness and Scarborough beyond

 

From Scalby Ness, the view back north . . .

 

. . . and, on turning, south down the valley of Scalby Beck towards North Bay

The Castle and Oliver's Mount are prominent on the horizon - the Sea Life Centre can just be seen (centre right)

 

On reaching Scalby Mills we turn inland passing the 'Kinderland' boating lake
with the water splash in the background - the miniature railway train is passing just below it

 

On reaching Peasholm Park, a big favourite with Scarborough holidaymakers, we see one of the boats
that take part in the mock
naval battles on the boating lake

 

Following the gardens upstream, we leave the park to join the old railway track at Grid Ref: 028 889

 

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We turn right onto the track and follow it north for the next 5 miles as it winds through the local countryside

( The track disappears at a couple of housing estates but is clearly signed and easy to pick up again )

 

Almost back at the start of our walk we get our last view of Scarborough Castle through a break in the trees

 

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