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From Whitby to Runswick Bay

November 5, 2016

Runswick Bay is a pretty little fishing village and Whitby a large town. The walk between them offers some of the most interesting coastal walking in England. Take the bus and walk it one way.

The Walk

The walk from Whitby to Runswick Bay is an undulating route along the cliffs of North Yorkshire. In my opinion the coastal cliffs between Sandsend and Runswick Bay offer the best views and most interesting walking along the Yorkshire Coast. On Sandsend Ness the bizarre waste deposits from the old alum industries form a moonscape style backdrop to the scene; I must admit to finding it interesting, many do not.

Passing through the railway cutting however brings you to some more traditional cliff side walking which is highly enjoyable. From Kettleness Point the sweeping bay at Runswick Bay is surely one of the best views in the Yorkshire Coast. Take care though, the cliffs are crumbling as we speak. Runswick Bay is a real favourite of mine and this walk improves step by step, climaxing in the smugglers paradise of this small, still active fishing village.

Recommend

The No X4 Bus runs every 1/2 hour from Whitby to Runswick Bay and visa versa. I suggest parking in Runswick Bay (it is easier than Whitby) and getting the bus to Whitby and walking back.

Navigation Tips on the Coast

Stick to the path at all times on lowland walking. You are not allowed to wander like you can on higher land.

3 Comments
  • Keith Bonsor says:

    A good walk and mainly good paths but with some tricky steep stepped parts from the disused railway track (upwards heading north) and a long steep/tricky descent to the beach onto rocks and mud(not for the faint hearted).
    Extreme care needed. Pity about this.
    Watch the tides. This was late receding and higher than usual necessitating an escape from the beach (50m from the path down) through the woods above (follow a route above the cabins),which leads to the car park above the bay.
    Or upwards to the disused railway.
    Otherwise superb views.
    Good pubs at the Bay and the Runswick Bay hotel opposite the bus stops.
    Superb bus service and views going back.

  • Helen says:

    Was a great walk, we caught the bus to Runswick bay first and walked back to Whitby. Lovely scenery and met lots of friendly people along the way and took plenty of nice photographs.

    Due to tide going out was able to walk the whole way from Sandsend to Whitby along the beach.

    Just remember to check the tide times first.

  • Maria Nutty Wright says:

    Great walk . But must take in to consideration tide times at runswick bay, also at the bottom of step to the bay took us to water running into the sea. Care needed. We were caught out along with some other walkers. You think u can miss the sea but the ground around this area is soft soil u get stuck . One person was stuck had to dig himself out.
    If u time this right it is a nice walk.

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