Cloughton & the Old Railway

  • Good walking on the old railway
  • Cliffside walking with great views
  • Extend the walk or just take your time

The Old Railway between Whitby and Scarborough was closed in 1965 and now provides a pleasant inland break from the more dramatic coastal sections of the Yorkshire Coast. At Cloughton this short section of old railway links the small village of Cloughton with the hamlet of Hayburn Wyke (basically a pub). 

The coastal part of the walk is very pleasant with superb views particularly from Rodger Trod, an airy part of the coast. Any section of the Cleveland Way is enjoyable along the coast and 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.

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

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: 008943. Park on the main street and turn sharp right when the main road going north goes left. This lane (Salt Pans Road) brings you to the coast.
Height to Climb: 167 ms (548 feet)
Terrain: Prepare for a steep climb from the coast to Hayburn Wyke but everything else is starightforward
Eating & Drinking: Do stop at the Hayburn Wyke Arms half way round the walk (you will be unable to resist) and there are 2 pubs, Blacksmith Arms and the Red Lion, in Cloughton to choose from
Similar Walks Nearby: From Ravenscar to Heyburn Wyke
Scarborough Sea Cut & Woods
Exploring Robin Hood’s Bay
Places to Stay:


Woodland Cottages, Harwood Dale


Raven Hall, RavenscarOne Spot Cottage, Harwood Dale