Discover the delights of Runswick Bay

  • Combine cliff walking with the beach
  • Far reaching views along the coast
  • Wander the tight streets of Runswick Bay

I find Runswick Bay a lovely place to potter around, probably my favourite section of the Yorkshire Coast. I can justifiably recommend a walk along the sands and rocks to Kettleness with a return via the Cleveland Way (or reverse it and return via the sands). Any further along the beach than Kettleness and the rocks near the sea become a little unpleasant to walk on.

Picking your way along the sea front, exploring the rock pools and watching for the lifeboat brought back pleasant memories of childhood holidays of St Abbs (80 miles up the east coast). Only the seagulls interrupt the tranquility of the area. There is nothing of note at Kettleness so take a snack and move closer to the cliffs for one of the best views in Yorkshire.

Recommend: Sitting on the benches outside the cafe and wait for the fishing boats to arrive

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 809160. The car park is in Runswick Bay after a steep slope. Walk towards the beach and turn right through the houses just before arrival there. There are then steep steps going up the cliff face, this is the Cleveland Way
Height to Climb: 191 ms (626 feet)
Terrain: The walking is good on the Cleveland Way with the views different when reversing the journey from Kettleness
Eating & Drinking: There is a fine cafe and the Runswick Bay Hotel should also be visited even if it means getting a later bus back.
Similar Walks Nearby: Exploring Robin Hood’s Bay
From Runswick Bay to Whitby
North from Port Mulgrave to Staithes
Places to Stay:


Pennysteel Cottage, StaithesRosedale Cottages, Port Mulgrave