North York Moors CAM

Saturday 4th March 2000

Today's walk:

Robin Hood's Bay - Ravenscar ( via old railway track )

Ravenscar - Robin Hood's Bay ( via Cleveland Way )

( 8 miles )


old railway station

Today's walk starts at what was once Robin Hood's Bay Railway Station situated next to a convenient car park

Imagine years ago when, each summer, thousands of excited holidaymakers would disembark from the old steam train drawn carriages, after enjoying what was probably one of the most scenic routes in England, ready to enjoy a week or two's vacation in Robin Hood's Bay



railway footpath sign

The one good thing to come out of the rail closures which took place in the 1960's is that we can take advantage of the old track beds which make excellent walkways

Today we set off in a south-westerly direction on the old line to Ravenscar


railway footpath

The reason for choosing the railway route on the outward journey is that we have to make an ascent of approximately 400 feet from Robin Hood's Bay to Ravenscar - the skill of the railway engineers of over a century ago has made this climb almost unnoticeable and, normally, a pleasant 4 mile walk ensues


diversion sign

Unfortunately for us today, due to work on the track, there is short diversion but . . .


footbridge over Mill Beck

. . . it gives us a chance to cross this picturesque footbridge near the ford over Mill Beck . . .


view to Ravenscar

. . . and enjoy this view from Bridge Holm Lane south-eastwards to Ravenscar two miles distant (centre)


bridge over railway bridge over raulway

Near Fyling Old Hall Farm we rejoin the railway track bed and continue our walk, passing under several old road bridges . . .


view to Robin Hood's Bay

. . . enjoying superb views north towards Robin Hood's Bay . . .


view to Ravenscar

. . . and south-eastwards to Ravenscar


Raven Hall Hotel

After another hour's walking we arrive at the entrance gates to the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar

In 1896 plans were initiated to make Ravenscar a seaside resort to compete alongside nearby Whitby and Scarborough. However, mainly due to lack of funds and the exposed site of the 'town' the project was abandoned in the 1920's. By then, many of the roads and kerbstones had been laid, and, even today, can still be seen and walked on. A few scattered buildings still exist including a small church, a village hall, two shops, a post office and an Information Centre (open April-October)

The only building of any significance is the Raven Hall Hotel which boasts a nine-hole golf course and an outdoor swimming pool. Local legend has it that King George III visited it to recover from his recurring bouts of insanity, when the building was a private residence.


Robin Hood's Bay from Ravenscar

Here's one of the reasons behind the optimistic plan for Ravenscar - the magnificent view north across Robin Hood's Bay from just below Raven Hall Hotel


Ravenscar from Cleveland Way path

Here we take a look back towards Ravenscar from our return journey to Robin Hood's Bay on the Cleveland Way path


cliff erosion

Another view looking back towards Ravenscar emphasising the severe coastal erosion which is taking place on this particular section of the North Yorkshire Coast - the soft boulder clay is slowly submitting to the constant battering it receives from the North Sea. The Cleveland Way path has, on several occasions, been diverted inland to avoid any danger to walkers


Cleveland Way path

Now the cliff-top path looks safer as we continue on our way back to Robin Hood's Bay


Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay, known locally as 'Bay Town' - this view shows how precariously situated the village is to the North Sea

Over the years the village has had a love-hate relationship with the sea; there is the story of the bowsprit of a ship coming through the window of an Inn! It is estimated that over the last two hundred years a similar number of houses have been claimed by the sea. A sea wall, 14 metres high and 170 metres long, with a retaining wall behind it, has been constructed in an endeavour to stop the recession of land as the battering waves eat into it at the rate of about 6 metres every century


red roof tops

A typical view of the red roof tops of 'Bay Town'


narrow street in Robin Hood's Bay narrow street in Robin Hood's Bay

It is easy to imagine the Revenue men and smugglers playing their game of 'cat and mouse'. To this day there still exists in the village houses with secret rooms which were used to hide smugglers and their contraband


Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar

A last look back at Robin Hood's Bay and distant Ravenscar - the end of a splendid afternoon's walk and one well recommended

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