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Whitby to Runswick Bay

A moderate walk (coast) in national park North York Moors starting and finishing in North Yorkshire, England, about 12.00km (7.46 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 97m (318ft)
Descent 54m (177ft)
Max. Elevation 100m (328ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 151m (495ft)
Distance 12.00km
Duration ~3:45h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 08 Jun 2013
Another coastal classic in North Yorkshire, from Whitby to Runswick Bay. Regular buses make the connections easy, and the walk is nothing too taxing either. It's worth adding a bit of extra time to your plans to hunt for fossils on the beaches too.

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Start at Whitby, famous for its Dracula associations. No vampire puns here though, there's too much at stake.
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Head down to the seafront, where you will see signs for the Cleveland Way.
About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from
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At the end of the esplenade, drop down to walk along the beach.
About 1.71 km (~1.06 miles) from
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At the village of Sandsend, pick up the Cleveland Way once more.
About 2.29 km (~1.42 miles) from
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This is where things get (even more) interesting. The Cleveland Way follows the rocky coastline of the North York Moors, starting with Sandsend Ness.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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Continue along the coastline to Kettle Ness, and the nearby village of Kettleness. Which was named first, I wonder?
About 3.04 km (~1.89 miles) from
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At Hob Holes, there is a short descent which has a rope to help you climb down to the beach.
About 2.16 km (~1.34 miles) from
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From the beach head on to the village of Runswick Bay for the bus back to Whitby.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from

3 comments... join the discussion!

13 Oct 2016
Dogs On Buses

Are dogs allowed on buses between Whitby and Runswick bay? It would be useful to know please. Thank you.

Adrian Lohrey
26 Mar 2016
Whitby To Runswick Bay

I found the walk very enjoyable and well signposted. Care is needed on the last part of the descent onto the beach because there has been some storm damage to the provided path furniture.

Ken Morgan
10 Jul 2015
Whitby To Runswick Bay

Too much at stake....i like it. Thanks for an interesting walk with good info and directions

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