- From/To: Scarborough to Hayburn Wyke
- Distance: Scarborough to Hayburn Wyke and back is 14 miles, which is approximately 2.5 hours
- Terrain: Traffic free. The track bed does have some rough sections and the odd puddle.
- Access: Train station at Scarborough
- National Cycle Network: Route 1
This lovely route takes you along the coast from the seaside resort of Scarborough with its spectacular Castle and two sweeping sandy bays, along a traffic-free converted railway line, “The Cinder Track” to the secluded cove of Hayburn Wyke in the North York Moors National Park. The track bed is made from cinders as opposed to the usual crushed stone, hence the name “The Cinder Track”.
To follow the route:
- Exit Scarborough station by the main entrance, turn left down the main A64 Falsgrave Road, and follow signs to National Route 1. After 250m, turn right off the road and join the traffic-free route at Sainsburys.
- Follow National Route 1 signs out of Scarborough passing playgrounds, skateparks and parks. You soon head into open countryside on this lovely greenway running parallel to the coast. At Burniston village, you can take a short detour to the quiet bay of Crook Ness. At Cloughton, the next village along, you can pause at the café in the old station or explore the nearby bay of Cloughton Wyke.
- Continue to Hayburn Wyke. Take a break and refreshments at the 18th century Hayburn Wyke Inn, or visit the secluded cove of Hayburn Wyke at short walk away - complete with woodland, beach and waterfall!
- Retrace your steps back to Scarborough, or if you’re feeling energetic , continue along the track to Ravenscar, Robins Hoods Bay and Whitby.
Extension: The route is part of the 110 mile Moor to Sea Cycle route which links Scarborough, Pickering, Whitby and Great Ayton. If you fancy extending your trip, you could travel onto Robin Hoods Bay (making the ride 15 miles) or onto Whitby (making the ride 21 miles). Bear in mind that there are steady climbs over the summits at Ravenscar and Hawsker.
Download a free map of the route here.
Things to see and do
- Scarborough Castle
- Sea Life Centre
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
This great route takes you along the coastline where you can enjoy spectacular views of the sea in one direction and the North York Moors in the other.