woman enjoying one of the clifftop walks around Whitby

9 short walks around Whitby

There are lots of great short walks around Whitby that you can set out on during your stay here. It’s a beautiful place and taking a wander through the town and in the surrounding area is a lovely way to experience a little more of North Yorkshire.

Here are some of the short walks around Whitby that we think aren’t to be missed:

Whitby to Sandsend

This is a very popular walk for people visiting this part of the Yorkshire coast and is great for dogs too. It’s around 3.5 miles along the beach so make sure you check the tide times before you set out!

View the route here

Goathland walk

For any Heartbeat or Harry Potter fans, this 3 mile walk is perfect. Starting in Goathland (about a 20 minute drive from Whitby) you’ll get to see the gorgeous Mallyan Spout waterfall and little village of Beck Hole. You can even treat yourself to a ride on Goathland’s railway to take you to and from Whitby and see the filming locations for Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade Station and Heartbeat’s Aidensfield.

Take a look at the route here

Goathland Station bench

Circular walk around Whitby Abbey, lighthouse and Saltwick Bay

This is a lovely walk that covers just over 5 miles and takes you to some of the great tourist spots in and around Whitby. You’ll start in town and work your way up along the cliffs to Whitby lighthouse, before taking in the coastal views as you make your way towards Whitby Abbey and back down into town again.

See the full route instructions here

Esk Valley to Beck Hole

Wander along a section of disused railway line on this 3 mile walk. You’ll pass through bluebell woods and will likely catch sight of one of the steam trains running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

See the full route here


Discover the town that never quite made it on this 3-and-a-bit mile walk up on the cliffs at Ravenscar. It forms part of the famous Cleveland Way route and with a 600 foot drop down to sea level; you know you’ll get spectacular coastal views.

See the full route here

image of Robin Hood's Bay from Ravenscar cliff

Staithes and Port Mulgrave

Staithes is a lovely little fishing village just 10 miles outside Whitby and has lots of great walks of varying lengths that you could set out on. The route we’re pointing out to you here is about 4 miles and takes you up on the high cliffs to Port Mulgrave to take in some gorgeous coastal views.

Check it out here

The Ruswarp Round

The Ruswarp Round takes you approximately 2 miles round public footpaths and the Larpool viaduct. Keep your eyes peeled on this walk for wildlife, walkers have been known to spot deer, seals and heron as they make their way around.

Full instructions can be found here

May Beck and Falling Foss circular

This 2 mile circular route takes you out of Whitby and into some of Yorkshire’s woodland. On your route, you’ll see the 30-foot Falling Foss waterfall and the babbling May Beck. There are shallow waters for paddling, and a lovely tea garden to treat yourself in.

Have a look at the route here

Hayburn Wyke

The Hayburn Wyke route is perfect for picnics and a day of exploring. Combining beach and woodland, this 4.5 mile walk between Whitby and Scarborough is a hidden gem not to be missed.

Discover the route here

These 9 short walks around Whitby are just a taster of the great routes the North Yorkshire coast has to offer. Explore them in your own time and please let us know how you get on!

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