Ravenscar Walks In North Yorkshire, England, UK
Ravenscar Walks In North Yorkshire was about 8.5 miles in distance. The terrain of this route included a disused railway track, field and woodland paths, and some lane and road sections. There was one steep ascent and care was taken on the exposed clifftop. There was also 1 stile to negotiate.
Ravenscar is the holiday resort that never took off. The streets were all laid out and the plots were offered for sale but the enterprise did not succeed. This route explores some of this holiday resort before it heads out along the disused Scarborough to Whitby railway line. It then goes cross country to the small, attractive inlet of Hayburn Wyke with a beck tumbling over a waterfall on to the rocky coastline. Most of the return route is along the Cleveland Way coastal path.
Starting from Raven Hall Road in Ravenscar, leg one traversed three road sections before heading south along a disused railway track to Staintondale. Leg two initially headed east to White Hall Farm along field and woodland paths before turning south east on a lane to the Red House Farm turning.
Leg three turned east along a road before heading south east again on a woodland path to Hayburn Wyke. To complete the walk, the fourth and final leg turned north along the Cleveland Way coast path back to Ravenscar, ending with some road sections.
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Ravenscar Walks In North Yorkshire Route
The Ravenscar Walks In North Yorkshire route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with four legs.
On this first leg we started from Raven Hall Road in Ravenscar, going along three road sections to join a disused railway track heading south to Staintondale.
- From lay-by on Raven Hall Road, we headed up hill to the church and turned left along Church Road.
- We walked past a few isolated bungalows and a village hall, then just past a barn we turned left down Loring Road.
- At the bottom was a Victorian terrace on the right, and just beyond it was the platform of an old railway station overlooking Station Square.
- At the old railway we turned right along the disused track bed and headed towards Scarborough, which was visible in the distance, and Staintondale, a scattered community running parallel across fields.
- After about 2 kilometres and a number of gates, we reached a field gate on the left to White Hall Farm.
Having walked about 2.5 miles to this point, the second leg initially went eastwards to White Hall Farm on field and woodland paths; then it turned south east along a lane to the Red House Farm turning.
- Here we went left through the gate across a field, following a narrow path through long grass, which then zig-zagged down through bushes and trees to a footbridge over a beck.
- Then we ascended the other side through woodland; through a gate and along an enclosed field path.
- Then after going through a second gate we continued up along a field path and through a third gate to White Hall Farm.
- Here we turned right and walk down a lane for about 1 kilometre, passing farms, cottages and the Shire Horse Centre to the Red House Farm turning which was on the left on a right hand bend.
Now at around the 3.5 miles mark, the third leg turned east on a road then south east again along a woodland path to Hayburn Wyke.
- We turned left along the road through a gap next to the gate towards Red House Farm.
- After passing through a meadow and into woodland we branched right just before leaving the woodland along a footpath into the trees.
- We followed the path, initially high above a beck, then the path gradually descended through the trees to come alongside the beck on our right.
- We eventually reached a footbridge and turned right over the beck and up the bank.
- On reaching another path we turned left parallel to the beck below.
- At the next path junction we again went left and down stone steps and cobbled path leading to the rocks over which the beck spilled.
- We ignored the footbridge on the left and went right on to the shore in the rocky bay of Hayburn Wyke.
Having walked about 5 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg headed north on the Cleveland Way coastal path back to Ravenscar, ending with some road sections back to the start.
- Now all the height we lost in the gradual descent from White Hall Farm down to the shore is regained in one steep climb!
- Retracing our steps back from the shore, from just above the waterfall we crossed the footbridge over the beck to follow the Cleveland Way north west.
- We were then immediately faced with steps before levelling off and crossing a second footbridge and a boardwalk.
- Then there were more steps, and more steps, then at last, at the top we crossed a stile!
- It was now a simple matter of following cliff top path back to Ravenscar.
- Initially the path was within cliff top fields and we went through one gate.
- Further along we walked along the exposed edge of Beast Cliff, so we were careful on this section.
- After ascending some steps and a hill we levelled out.
- We eventually passed through a gate just before a disused coastguard lookout station and the remains of WW2 radar station.
- The cliff edge swung left, with evidence of major landslips on the seaward side.
- As we arrived back at Ravenscar we turned left off the Cleveland Way towards Station Square.
- We passed a track which was to have been Marine Esplanade and a Victorian villa.
- If you go along Marine Esplanade, it becomes progressively more overgrown and you can see the kerb stones and drains from the ‘resort that never was’.
- Continuing straight ahead we turned right along Station Road passing the tea rooms on the left.
- At the end of Station Road we turned left along Raven Hall Road and back to the lay-by at the start.
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 Ravenscar, North Yorkshire and parked in a lay-by on Raven Hall Road, north of Church Road at grid reference NZ980015, which was also the start location of the hike.