Cloughton, Walks In North Yorkshire, England, UK
Cloughton, Walks In North Yorkshire was about 9 miles in distance. The terrain of this route included a section of disused railway trackbed; quiet lanes and paths; some woodland; and one steep descent into Hayburn Wyke. We needed to take care near the clifftop. Note that sheep and cattle may be encountered near The Hulleys. There was also one stile to climb over on the route.
Along the coastline north of Scarborough there are numerous small inlets known as ‘wykes’. This route visits Hayburn Wyke, which is probably one of the most attractive, with the beck tumbling over a waterfall on to the rocky coastline.
Starting from the old station at Cloughton, leg one headed north by disused railway track; north east by road to Cloughton Wyke; then north on the Cleveland Way coastal path to Hayburn Wyke. Leg two headed north west on woodland paths and lanes to White Hall Farm; then turned west on paths over fields, through woodland and undergrowth; then turned south on the disused railway track to Staintondale Station.
Leg three continued south on the disused railway track for a while; then zigzagged south on field paths, a short road section, paths and tracks through woodland and bracken, and along a short farm road section. To complete the walk, the fourth and final leg continued south on field and woodland paths to the edge of Cloughton village; then weaved its way on a path behind gardens, over a cricket field, beside a beck, on a woodland track and along Station Lane back to the start.
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Cloughton, Walks In North Yorkshire Route
The Cloughton, Walks In North Yorkshire route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with four legs.
On this first leg we started from old station at Cloughton, heading north along disused railway track; then veering north east by road to the coast at Cloughton Wyke; then north along the coastline on the Cleveland Way to Hayburn Wyke.
- We joined the disused railway track at the old station on Station Lane and walked north until the first bridge.
- Here we climb steps immediately left after the bridge, to turn left over the bridge and along the minor Salt Pans Road.
- We then walked to the end of the road at Salt Pans, Cloughton Wyke.
- Here we turned left on the Cleveland Way heading north along the cliff top.
- After dipping down, the path climbed quite steeply to cross a wooded headland.
- We continued north and as the path started a gradual descent, there were gaps in the undergrowth that revealed the rocky bay of Hayburn Wyke ahead of us.
- A National Trust sign marked the entrance to the wooded valley of Hayburn Beck, into we descended steeply bearing right along the path.
- We continued down stone steps and crossed a small wooden boardwalk until the level of the beck.
- On reaching a fork we went right towards the coast.
- We eventually reached a footbridge, which we did not cross, but continued down to the right to below the rocky ledge over which beck tumbled to the shore.
Having walked about 2.5 miles to this point, the second leg headed north west along paths through woodland, along lanes to White Hall Farm; then west along a path across fields, through woodland and undergrowth to the disused railway track; then headed south along the track to Staintondale Station.
- To continue we retraced our steps upwards through woodland, passing the footbridge on the right, going right at a fork in the path.
- Keeping to a wide path parallel to and high above, Haybum Beck we took a right fork to follow a path down to cross the beck at another footbridge.
- Now we just followed the course of the beck up the wooded dale, ignoring paths off to the right.
- Eventually the path emerged from the wooded confines of the dale and joined a Tarmac lane.
- We then turned left along the lane to a junction by Whitehouse Farm.
- Here we turned right to follow a narrow farm road, passing Shire Horse Centre and continuing on to go round and past Plane Tree Farm and on up to White Hall Farm.
- Here we turned left through a gate into a field just before the farm buildings.
- We headed downhill to go through a gate and join an enclosed path.
- After going through another gate we zig-zagged down through woodland, crossed a bridge over a beck, and climbed steeply up other side.
- We made our way up through the undergrowth to reach a gate onto the disused railway track below the scattered community of Staintondale.
- Turning left along the railway track we were now heading south and after about 800 metres we reached the former Staintondale Station, which was now a private house.
Now at around the 5 miles mark, the third leg continued southwards, curving left along the disused railway track for 400 metres; then it zigzagged southwards on field paths; along a short road section; through woodland and bracken on paths and tracks; through a farm and along a short farm road section.
- Passing through a gate, we continued south along old railway track.
- The track passed under a bridge and began to curve left and at about 400 metres further on, we reached a gate/gap in the fence on our right.
- Here a path went up over an overgrown field to join farm track through a small-holding and through a gate on to Staintondale Road.
- We then went left up the road for about l00 metres to reach a gate on the right by a wall.
- Going right through the gate (we actually went over the gate as it had been nailed shut) along a bridleway which headed up beside a wall on the left towards Cloughton Woods.
- At the top, we went left through a kissing-gate and went along the top of the forest until a faint path swung to the right and descended through bracken and bramble.
- We picked our way across and continued up other side to a corner of a fenced area.
- We then went left opposite a gate in a fence to follow track through trees and after about 200 metres a waymark indicated a narrow path on the left.
- We followed this path down through bracken to meet another track at a gate.
- After going through a kissing-gate next to a bigger gate we doubled back to the left on boggy ground and turned right to cross a stream along a boardwalk bridge.
- Here we climbed up the bank to a farm at The Hulleys.
- We went through a gate and between barns, then and along a farm road to reach a footpath sign pointing south.
Having walked about 7 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg headed south on field paths and along woodland path to the edge of Cloughton village; then it weaved its way along a path behind gardens, across a cricket field, beside a beck, along a woodland track and finally along Station Lane back to the starting point.
- Turning right here through a gate, we followed the path along field edges on a ridge that descended towards Cloughton, going through a gate, over a stile and through a kissing-gate into woodland.
- We followed the path through the belt of woodland and emerged through a kissing-gate.
- Continuing ahead we followed the left edge of a field before going through a kissing-gate to join g a rough enclosed track down to a gate and main road at the edge of Cloughton village.
- We crossed straight over the road to go through a gate in the wall to the left onto a narrow path that ran behind gardens of houses.
- We emerged on Cloughton cricket field and followed the left boundary to go through a kissing-gate into a field.
- Walking with a beck on the left we crossed the second bridge over the beck which was gated.
- The path went right behind gardens and through a gate onto a lane.
- We then went right a short way, crossing the lane and crossing a bridge over the beck before turning immediately left along a path
- We followed this path with the beck on our left which curved left and joined a track to the left.
- Following the track we went through a gate and through woodland to emerge on a road.
- We crossed straight over the road into Station Lane and walked along it back to the parking place by the old station.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a North Yorkshire hiking holiday during September 2013. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Harwood Dale, North Yorkshire to the starting location of Cloughton, North Yorkshire and parked near the old station on Station Lane, off Mill Lane just south of Cloughton, at grid reference TA011940, which was also the start location of the hike.