Scarborough Sea Cut

  • A Scarborough inland walk
  • Lovely woodlands
  • Along the ‘cut to the sea’

Away from its famous beaches there is another lovely walk from Scarborough. The walk starts off along the old sea cut – a raised platform above a canal which is used exclusively as a means of removing excess water to the sea from the River Derwent ie: a cut through to the sea. The walking along the cut is excellent as are the paths that wind through the attractive woods of Raincliffe on the return trip to Scarborough.

Raincliffe Woods is almost an adventure playground with a myriad of paths interlinking with cycle ways and orienteering options throughout its length – the only thing missing being an official Go Ape site! Still for a walk that is not on sand or high coastal cliffs this is one of the best around.

Recommend: I think this would be excellent on a cold, frosty/snowy winter day – not sure why but I think it would be!

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL 27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: 011899. Park on Hackness Road and aim for Scalby Bridge turning left just before crossing. This takes you on to the Sea Cut.
Height to Climb: 88ms (289 feet)
Terrain: The road section in the middle of the walk may be busy but the tracks in the woods and beside the Sea Cut are excellent
Eating & Drinking: With Scarborough on the doorstep I should really recommend the local chip shops - and I do.
Similar Walks Nearby: Short walk around Pickering
Cloghton & the Old Railway
Exploring Robin Hood’s Bay
Places to Stay:


Woodland Cottages, Harwood Dale


Old Cobblers Cottage, North Dalton