The circular walk from Ravenscar to Hayburn Wyke starts by following the coastal path past the look out stations. Return from Hayburn Wyke via the route of the Old Railway.
I have always found Ravenscar a bit of a strange place. The situation is superb, overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay The height of the cliffs where the village/hotel is set also makes the local walking without parallel due to the spectacular views. Unfortunately the impressive Raven Hall hotel makes access to the actual edge of the cliffs difficult. This is an attraction for those staying at the hotel but not so much for your poor walker.
Ravenscar village itself is more open but set back so there are no coastal views. The walk south along the cliffs from the village is excellent. The views are wonderful. In fact the high cliffs on this section of the Yorkshire Coast brings an uncomfortable knowledge of being poised over a big void. A step in the wrong direction could well be catastrophic.
Hayburn Wyke is also a rather peculiar (in a nice way) place. The hotel and some nearby houses are set in a pleasant area of woodland, sandwiched between two higher areas of cliff. The rocky cove is fed by an impressive, tumbling waterfall which can be popular in summer, it is certainly a picturesque spot.
A return from Hayburn Wyke via the old railway is recommended. This is preferable to doubling back along the cliff side path.
After crossing the river at Hayburn Wyke on the coastal path turn right and climb a path through the trees to arrive at the hotel. The railway is a little further up hill. It is a popular bridlepath so you will be joined by cyclists, horse riders and leisure runners!
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