From Whitby to Runswick Bay

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

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.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 807162. Park in the upper part of Runswick Bay, the bus leaves from outside the Runswick Bay Hotel.
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