The Burniston and Ravenscar walk along the Yorkshire Coast

North from Burniston to Cloughton, then east to meet the Cleveland Way coastal footpath at Cloughton Wyke. Continuing north along the cliff tops to Hayburn Wyke, before moving inland for a while to explore the woodlands around Hayburn Beck and Whitehouse Farm. Then it’s back on to the Cleveland Way to reach Ravenscar village, followed by a climb down to the beach below the hotel and golf course. The straightforward return is via the dismantled railway line known as the Cinder Track. A 14-mile walk along the Yorkshire Coast.


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Woodland and nature reserve at Hayburn Wyke.


The Yorkshire Coast south of Ravenscar, looking south towards Cloughton and Scarborough. The England Coast Path / Cleveland Way can be seen running along the edge of the cliff.


The England Coast Path / Cleveland Way south of Ravenscar.


Cliffs south of Ravenscar.


Lookout station at Bent Rigg.


Communications hut on the radar station site just south of Ravenscar.


Engine house on the radar station site just south of Ravenscar.


Fuel store on the radar station site just south of Ravenscar.


Transmitter and receiver block on the radar station site just south of Ravenscar.


The view of Robin Hood’s Bay from the path above Ravenscar golf course.

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Ravenscar cliffs.


The view north towards Robin Hood’s Bay from Ravenscar cliffs.


Ravenscar beach.


Grey seals on Ravenscar beach.

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The Cinder Track

From 1885 until its closure in 1965 the old railway line from Scarborough to Whitby took goods and passengers up and down the North Yorkshire coast. Now it is an off road route through the North York Moors National Park for walkers, horse riders and cyclists.


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