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52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #5 Explore The Cinder Track

52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #5 Explore The Cinder Track

A little clue in the name The Cinder Track once was a railway line running from Whitby to Scarborough. Spanning 21.5 miles of the old railway line Robin Hood's Bay sits about 6.5 miles from the start of the track in Whitby. 

The Cinder Track Sign Post

The Robin Hood's Bay to Fylinghall section of the track is about 1.5 miles long and makes for an idyllic stroll. However, if you feel up to a longer trek then we really recommend walking further along to Ravenscar. Approximately a 4.5 mile walk from Robin Hood's Bay or 9 miles there and back it's not a light stroll, but it is worth it. You may be lucky enough to see a whole range of wildlife & a whole host of different and quite special vegetation depending on the time of year. Once you reach Ravenscar you will be met with the most stunning view across the Bay and of the Old Fishermen's Cottages of Robin Hood's Bay and their red rooftops tumbling down towards the sea. 

The View from Ravenscar

All along The Cinder Track you will find remnants of the days when it was a functioning Railway Line laced with track & sleepers. You will see old stations & platforms, bridges & if you choose to walk the track to Whitby, you'll cross the Viaduct that towers with its arches above the River Esk.

The Viaduct in Whitby

There are stretches of woodland, moorland, sea views, fields and meadows. It is also possible to join The Cleveland Way whichever direction you decide to walk or may just fancy this route on the way back. You will also find lots more to discover along The Cinder Track but well they are more of "52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood's Bay". So, keep up with the series of blogs and you may just find out more "Ways to Discover Robin Hood's Bay".

The Cinder Track 2

So, how will you decide to do the Cinder Track? By yourself, with the family or friends, with the dog or on foot or by bicycle, in Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn? We would even go as far as saying the track is reasonably accessible for prams and wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Relatively flat most of the way, you will come across some uneven surfaces, a steepish incline towards Ravenscar and a number of gates along the way.

The Cinder Track 3

Please be aware that cyclist do use The Cinder Track and can be quite fast moving as well as just casual cycling. So just be aware as you may not hear them coming from behind.

The Cinder Track Where Will it Take You?

The Cinder Track Leaflet

Whitby to Ravenscar Route

Ravenscar to Scarborough Route


52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood's Bay Blog Series:

#1 Stay in an Old Fisherman's Cottage

#2 Have a Paw-fect Dog Friendly Holiday

#3 See a Thousand Stars

#4 Discover a Colony of Seals


Image Credits Top to Bottom:

Ceri Oakes

Tony Bartholomew

Ceri Oakes

Fridge Productions

Ceri Oakes

Ceri Oakes

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