Robin Hoods Bay – Whitby
This circular coastal route follows the old railway line from RHB to Whitby and the return journey along the Cleveland Way back to RHB.
This is a 13 mile (21km) route which starts from the main carpark at the top of RH Bay (not the smaller carpark further down the hill opposite the Victoria Hotel) we meet at the carpark at 09.40 am for a 10am start and we allow for 6 hours walking time.
Having crossed the road out of the carpark we follow the old railway track to Hawsker. From Hawsker we continue towards Whitby crossing the high viaduct across the Esk Valley. From this point you can see Whitby to the right. We near the end of the line and cut down some steps and into Whitby. Heading for the harbour and across the swing bridge we hit the 199 steps that take us towards the Abbey and the start of the Cleveland Way. Once on the Cleveland Way we follow this spectacular cliff top trail first to Saltwick Nab, then on to the lighthouse at Whitestone Point. As we approach the Bay we pass through Rocket Post Field, these devices were used to fire a line with lifesaving equipment to ships in trouble. From here we follow the path back into the village and finish at the carpark. What you decide to carry refreshment wise is your personal choice but shops will be open at RH Bay, Whitby and there is a shop at the caravan site at Saltwick Bay (if open, depends on the time of year).
What you will need
In order for you to enjoy and take full advantage of the events on offer it is imperative that you look after yourself and turn up with the appropriate kit. We highly recommend suitable walking shoes/boots, proper outdoor clothing for the time of year and a reasonable level of walking fitness. Unfortunately young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Safety and the Weather
As the group leader, I am responsible for your safety and will be more attentive to your needs throughout, and may show more caution than individuals might when walking on their own.
II undertake continuous risk assessment, and may take the decision to change or modify walking plans at short notice. This most commonly occurs in bad weather conditions. I do lead walks in all weather, so long as it is safe to do so.