From Whitby to Runswick Bay

  • Varied coastal scenery with great views
  • Explore the fishing village of Runswick Bay
  • Return via the regular bus service

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, highly enjoyable and from Kettleness bringing in to play the wonderful sweep of Runswick Bay. 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 4 Bus runs every 1/2 hour from Whitby to Runswick Bay – I suggest walking north to the Bay from Whitby and then getting the bus back.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 890117. Anywhere in Whitby although parking near the bus station may help. Do consider the walk from Sandsend (there is a bus stop here) as well.
Height to Climb: 185 ms (607 feet)
Terrain: Follow the Cleveland Way for the entire walk - it is clear and the walking is good and spectacular.
Eating & Drinking: Aside from Sandsend there is no where to stop between Whitby and Runswick Bay - of the two Runswick Bay is a lovely place to have a drink.
Similar Walks Nearby: Staithes to Port Mulgrave
From Saltburn to Skinningrove
Whitby Abbey & the coast
Places to Stay:


The Mews, WhitbyRosedale Cottages, Port Mulgrave