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Fifty Shades of Bay: Part 13 A Walk Through Time On The Cinder Track

Fifty Shades of Bay: Part 13 A Walk Through Time On The Cinder Track

A Walk Through Time On The Cinder Track 

Calling all adventurers. Today's shade of Bay dives into a local gem that's ideal for exploring on foot, bike, or even by running shoes – The Cinder Track.

This Cinder Track boasts a rich history that stretches far beyond its current role as a scenic trail. Believe it or not, it used to be a bustling railway line, transporting passengers between the charming seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough. Now, transformed into a 21.5-mile haven for walkers, runners, and cyclists, The Cinder Track offers a blend of nature, exercise, and a touch of the past.

A Journey Through Time

As you embark on your Cinder Track adventure, keep your eyes peeled for remnants of its railway past. The trail winds through diverse landscapes, offering a range of scenery at every turn. Imagine strolling through peaceful stretches of woodland, feeling invigorated by the moorland air, or catching your breath as breathtaking sea views unfold before you. Lush fields and vibrant meadows add to the charm, making each step a visual adventure. Feeling ambitious? You can even connect with The Cleveland Way for an extended exploration, adding another layer of challenge and discovery to your journey.

Accessibility for All

Whether you're a seasoned hiker conquering vast terrains or a casual walker enjoying a leisurely stroll, the Cinder Track welcomes you with open arms. Both Whitby and Scarborough offer accessible starting points. Both of these starting points on the Cinder Track are reasonably flat with a mixture of tarmac and natural path making the trail more accessible to prams, pushchairs, wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

Exploring from Whitby

For those starting their adventure in Whitby, pick up the Cinder Track just 5 minutes from the town centre. Head for Southend Gardens and Stakesby Vale. This conveniently located starting point seamlessly transitions from the town's bustling center to the tranquility of the trail.

Joining from Robin Hood’s Bay & Fylingthorpe

Heading towards Whitby, join the Cinder Track at the end of Mount Pleasant North.

Heading towards Ravenscar and Scarborough join the Cinder Track at Station Road Car Park. Here you can see the old Station buildings. You can also join the Cinder Track on Thorpe Lane in Fylingthorpe.

Starting from Scarborough

If Scarborough is your base or starting point, head to Sainsbury's Car Park close to the Railway Station.

Never Get Lost

Fear not, fellow explorers! The Cinder Track is well signposted throughout, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free adventure. You'll find helpful markers for various points of interest, including:

  • Places to Visit: Discover hidden gems or iconic landmarks along the way.
  • Points of Interest: Learn about the historical significance of specific locations or natural wonders.
  • Food and Drink Stops: Refuel with delicious options at conveniently located cafes or pubs.
  • Distance Markers: Keep track of your progress and plan your journey accordingly.
  • How to Share the Track Responsibly: These signs promote respectful coexistence between walkers, runners, dog walkers, horse riders, and cyclists, ensuring everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Getting There

Need a lift to your starting point or indeed your finishing point? The convenient X93 bus service operates between Scarborough and Whitby, making it easy to reach either end of The Cinder Track without breaking a sweat. The X93 makes stops in Robin Hood’s Bay & Fylingthorpe.

Top Tip

To unlock even more secrets of The Cinder Track and discover hidden gems along the route, download the Love Exploring App. This handy tool will provide in-depth information, historical insights, and maybe even suggest some fun challenges or themed walks to spice up your adventure.

So, are you ready to embark on a journey through time on The Cinder Track? Lace up those shoes, grab your bike, or get ready for a refreshing run. This unique blend of history, nature, and scenic beauty awaits, offering a whole new shade of Robin Hood's Bay to explore.