North York Moors Walks
Robin Hood's Bay
Date: 25th June 2011
Distance: 4.5 miles
Ascent: 360 feet
Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Start Grid Ref: NZ945045
A short walk to the popular seaside village of Robin Hood's Bay including a visit to the cliffs at the northern end of the bay.
Route Summary: Middlewood Farm - Cinder Track - Robin Hood's Bay - Cinder Track - Clock Case Nab - Cleveland Way - Robin Hood's Bay - Cleveland Way - Middlewood Farm
1. The Cinder Track follows the old Scarborough to Whitby train line
2. St Stephen's Church from the Cinder Track
3. The Cinder Track also forms part of the National Cycle Network
4. Dave following the path along Rain Dale to the Cleveland Way
5. The cliffs of Far Jetticks
6. Looking down towards Craze Naze
7. Dave on the cliffs above Cow and Calf Rock
8. On the cliffs above Ness Point
9. Looking down to Robin Hood's Bay
10. The second half of the walk followed the Cleveland Way
11. The rooftops of Robin Hood's Bay
12. Looking across the bay towards Ravenscar
Walk Detail: Robin Hood's Bay is is a place that holds special childhood memories for me and was somewhere I'd visited regularly right up until my late teens. However, it had been almost exactly six years since my last visit so when we were looking for somewhere to take Rhiannon on her first camping trip we quite quickly made up our minds to head for somewhere close to Robin Hood's Bay.
We camped at the busy Middlewood Farm site and spent a full day down at the beach running in and out of the sea with Rhiannon and unsuccessfully trying to find any crabs in the numerous rock pools. Towards the end of the day, as Lisa was getting Rhiannon ready for bed, Dave and I decided to take advantage of the long summer evening to go for a walk.
The route I chose was simplicity in itself. The outward section was along the Cinder Track which follows the route of the old Scarborough to Whitby train line. We then utilised a short concessionary path that links the Cinder Track with the Cleveland Way so that we could follow the latter all the way back to Robin Hood's Bay.
While the Cinder Track was pleasant enough it was the return high up on the cliffs that made this walk so memorable. The views were superb and the coastal path made a nice change from the hills and moors I normally walk on. Certainly the last couple of miles made me think that one day the Cleveland Way might be worth having a go at.