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Scarborough to Whitby

Route Details

  • Start: Safe Ways Park, Scarborough
  • Finish: Whitby Harbour or Whitby Abbey
  • Distance: 21 miles.  A shorter option is to travel to Robin Hood's Bay which is 15 miles. 
  • Type: Largely traffic free but some short on road sections.  Relatively flat.
  • Access: Train stations at Scarborough and Whitby
  • National Cycle Network: Route 1

Route Description

The route begins in the fantastic seaside town of Scarborough, which has two swimming beaches and a fantastic ruined castle which offers panoramic views of the coast and moors.  The starting point is Safe Ways Park (a children's play area) which is behind Sainsbury's supermarket on Falsgrave Road.  From here you go under the road bridge and join the traffic free path which is signed all the way to Whitby.  At Hayburn Wyke, a short walk across a field (where an old train station used to be) leads to a secluded bay.  Continuing on you pass the beautiful Robin Hood's Bay, a small fishing village with stunning scenery.  Just before Whitby you travel over the Larpool Viaduct, high above the River Esk, before heading down into the town centre.

Use the ramp before the end of the path and Bagdale Road to reach the harbour.  To get to Whitby Abbey, leave the cycle path at the Cycle Hire Centre at Hawkser and follow Hawkser Lane all the way there.

Useful Information

  • Inexperienced cyclists: The route is traffic free apart from on road sections in Scalby, Ravenscar, Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby.  There is a toucan crossing to get you across the busy A165 at Burniston and the A171 in Hawkser.
  • Terrain: There are no hills but there is a steady climb over the summits at Ravenscar and Hawkser. The traffic free path can get muddy in places during bad weather.
  • Bike Hire: Trailways

Extending the route

You can continue on Route 1, which connects Dover and the Shetland Islands mainly via the east coast of England and Scotland and also forms the majority of the British section of the North Sea Cycle Route. From Whitby you can continue to Redcar and from Scarborough the route travels to Bridlington.

Things to see and do

  • Scarborough Castle
  • Peasholm Park
  • Sealife and Marine Sanctuary, Scalby Mills
  • Coastal Centre and Peak Alum Works, Ravenscar
  • Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hood's Bay
  • Whitby Abbey
  • Captain Cook Memorial Museum

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This lovely coastal route travels between the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby.  Also known as the Cinder Track, it takes in fantastic views, secluded coves and historic sites, and has it all for the perfect day out.

21 miles