Where is this walk?

Cloughton and the Old Railway

October 5, 2017

Starting at Cloughton near Scarborough follow the coast to the intriguing buildings that make up Heyburn Wyke. Return to Cloughton via the Old Railway line.

The Walk

The Old Railway between Whitby and Scarborough was opened in 1885 t link the coastal towns with Teesside. As result it handled some industry, acted as a tourist run for Victorian tourists and of use for locals as a quick means of transport. It was closed in 1965 as part of the Beeching Review and is now a good bridleway. As a result it now provides a pleasant inland break from the more dramatic coastal sections of the Yorkshire Coast. On this walk a short section of old railway links the small village of Cloughton with the hamlet of Hayburn Wyke (an excellent and historical pub). Hayburn Wyke is situated in some woodland with a dramatic waterfall leading down to the rocky coastline.

The coastal section of the walk is very pleasant with superb views particularly from Rodger Trod, an airy part of the coast. Any coastal section of the Cleveland Way is enjoyable. This section along Rodger Trod is no exception with beautiful views all the way south to Filey Point and beyond. Cloughton may not be the obvious choice for a coastal walk but it should be, you will enjoy it.


If you have time, climb down to the beach at Cloughton Wyke and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery.

Navigation Tips at Cloughton and the Old Railway

The coastal section of the walk is actually quite hilly. It is always worth checking the number of contour lines between the sea at Heyburn Wyke and the high point of 112 metres. There should be 11 (each is 10 metres apart). As a result any trip to the sea involves a steep and long up hill stretch.

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