An exhilarating cliff-top trail that explores hidden coves and wonderful harbors and reveals new vistas around every headland of the rugged Yorkshire coastline. Steeped in the region’s rich seafaring history, this wonderful coastal trail can be completed in just four days.
This four-day itinerary follows the stunning coastal sections of the Cleveland Way between Scarborough and Saltburn, passing through lively coastal towns and romantic old fishing villages like Staithes. Along the exhilarating cliff-top trail, there are hidden coves and wonderful harbors and new vistas around every headland. This wonderful coastal trail is steeped in the region’s rich seafaring history and includes fascinating insights into this county’s wider standing in the stunning remains of Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle.
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Leaving from the bustling seaside resort of Scarborough, head to the cliff-top fortifications of the castle, then around the bay and onwards through the historic town of Whitby and the delightful old fishing villages of Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes, before finishing at the more lively resort of Saltburn.
Scarborough and Whitby offer ample accommodation options for all budgets and most of the larger villages along the route like Staithes, Robin Hood’s Bay, and Saltburn have several options, ranging from budget hostels to comfortable harborside inns. This stretch of coastline has a fine selection of coastal inns and taverns to explore: The Cod & Lobster at Staithes, the Guns Bar at Saltburn, and the Whitby Brewery Tap are all highly recommended. The Discover Yorkshire Coast website www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/where-to-stay has plenty of great suggestions around Whitby.
These coastal sections of the Cleveland Way are moderately challenging, with some ups and downs but not overly demanding. The cliff-top sections require a good head for heights and some sensible precautions in high winds. May to September is the best time for walking this route.
Yorkshire prides itself on the quality of its local produce and there’s no shortage of food and drink options along this stretch of coastline. You’ll find welcoming cafes and characterful coastal pubs – all of which offer hearty food and a wide variety of local ales. The Rusty Shears Vintage Tea Shop and Gin Bar in Whitby is worth a visit, as are the Quarterdeck Café at the wonderfully named Boggle Hole and Tea, Toast and Post at Robin Hood’s Bay.
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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