The trip up gave cause for concern with us travelling through several heavy rain showers but on arriving, although the weather was cloudy it was dry.
We began by walking down the quaint narrow main street to a rocky beach. Just before reaching this we took the Cleveland Way path which took us between some cottages and then turned sharp left up a steep set of steps to the top of the cliffs giving excellent views.
From here we followed the coast path along the cliff tops to Boggle Hole then down a series of steps from which we crossed a footbridge over Mill Beck to climb back up another set of steps back onto the cliff tops.
Another descent down steps followed just before Stoupe Bank Farm, as we again crossed a footbridge before again ascending further steps back to the cliff top. We continued along the top of the cliffs as far as the former Peak Alum Works just outside Ravenscar, which is where we paused for a lunch break.
It was here when the rain started to arrive but, luckily, it was only light as we then made our way inland a little, climbing gradually through some woodland up to meet the Cinder Track cycle trail just before the National Trust Visitor Centre at Ravenscar. We then opted to walk a further 600 yards to the Ravenscar Tea Rooms for coffee and cake before staring our return trip.
We returned to pass the NT Visitor Centre and re-traced our outward route until the path forked with us following the Cinder Track to the left, which meandered up hill to give more elevated views across the bay. The Cinder track is the track bed of the former Whitby to Scarborough railway line, which closed in 1965 and is now a walking and cycle trail along its 21 mile route.
We followed the Cinder Track all the way back to Robin Hood’s Bay, passing the sites of former quarries and moving gradually inland. As we did so the rain became heavier for spells prompting waterproof coats to be quickly donned – and the odd umbrella to emerge too!
We eventually made our way past the outskirts of the village of Fylingthorpe and emerged at the former Robin Hood’s Bay station buildings to complete our walk. As the rain eased somewhat, the bulk of our group opting for a post-walk drink in the Victoria Hotel.
Well done to the 12 people who completed this 9.7 mile walk.
Our forthcoming walks include the Hornsea Mere and The Rail Trail walk on Saturday June 16 and our Locke Park and Dodworth Evening Walk on Wednesday June 27.
The Hornsea Mere walk is a nine mile walk, which starts at the Hornea Leisure Centre, Broadway , Hornsea, HU18 1QA at 11am.
This starts from the sea front and walks inland passing Hornsea Mere and Skirting Wassand Park as it joins the Hornsea Rail Trail at the east end of the Trans Pennine Trail.
The Locke Park Evening walk is a four mile walk which starts at Lock Park Rear Car Park, Keresforth Hill Road, Barnsley at 6.30pm. The walk uses local footpaths in the Keresforth area to join the Trans Pennine Trail where we walk Dodworth Bottom. We return to Locke Park on footpaths via Needlewood.
Anyone wishing to take part in ether walk should contact David on 07904 010347 or email [email protected] site. Full details of all our walks are on our website at www.dvwg.org.uk website.