North York Moors CAM


Thursday 23rd August 2001

Weather: Warm & bright but hazy out to sea

Whitby - Robin Hood's Bay

( 11 miles )


Today's walk begins near the A171 road bridge over the River Esk as it flows into Whitby Harbour (Grid Ref: 898 102)

Here, at low tide, you can see the old slipway where boats were launched from the now derelict boatyards


A short stroll south-west along Larpool Lane brings us to the old railway viaduct at Grid Ref: 896 094
from where we get a good view of a recently built holiday homes complex



Heading off in a south-easterly direction we follow the disused railway track towards Stainsacre and Hawsker . . .


. . . enjoying views like this to the west, the eastern fringes of North York Moors being just visible in the far distance


On reaching Raindale, about 2 miles past Hawsker, at Grid Ref: 951 070,
we leave the track and head downhill towards the coastal path and Ness Point

The normal route for this walk would be to take the railway track all the way to Robin Hood's Bay
then walk back along the clifftop path to Whitby - however, foot & mouth restrictions near Whitby
have forced the closure of about 4 miles of the Cleveland Way so we had to make adjustments



On reaching the clifftop path we immediately see the effects of the continuous coastal erosion in this area
the stone boundary wall to the left was about 3ft high not that long ago - most of it is now at the bottom of the cliff



We follow the Cleveland Way path south for the next 2 miles, enjoying spectacular views of the cliffs


As we approach Robin Hood's Bay, we get a view of the distant cliffs of Ravenscar through the haze


We hadn't time to go down into Robin Hood's Bay town today so these few houses . . .


. . . and this lovely garden, were about all we saw of the place . . .

. . . pity really, as the tide was out and I would have liked to have photographed
the rockpools on the beach and the brightly painted fishing cobles anchored in the bay


Instead, we turned and rejoined the railway track, getting another good view back over to Ravenscar


We followed the track for about another 3 miles as Whitby slowly came into view in the distance



At High Hawsker (Grid Ref: 925 078), we leave the track and follow the road for about 2 miles towards Whitby Abbey . . .


. . . before enjoying this classic view of the magnificent ruins


Just past the Abbey we look north-west across St Mary's Churchyard towards Sandsend Ness



Caedmon's Cross stands proud at the top of the 199 steps . . .


. . . and as we descend we enjoy the view across the rooftops and harbour to West Cliff and beyond


It's 'Folk Week' in Whitby - here some Morris Dancers perform near the old Market Town Hall


We continue our walk along the east side of the harbour,
here looking towards the roadbridge from where I took the first shot . . .


. . . and a final glance back to my favourite town in the world

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