view of the town on a walk from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay

Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay

We are incredibly spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful walks along the Yorkshire coast. One of the favourite routes visitors to the area enjoy is the Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay walk.

This cliff top route follows a very popular section of the Cleveland Way. It covers 7 miles and should take around 3 hours to complete.

Walking from Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay

Your walk starts right in town and your first challenge is the famous 199 steps up to St Mary’s Churchyard. Continue up towards the impressive ruins of Whitby Abbey and keep left. You’ll see a sign for the Cleveland Way that will reassure you you’re following the right route.

Up here, you’ll get brilliant views over the town and the two lighthouses protecting our harbour so make sure you look back. A couple of miles further along the coast, you’ll also walk by Whitby high lighthouse and fog horn station.

The path is reasonably easy underfoot, but it can get muddy in the winter. There are a few ups and downs and at times you have to use crossing places to pass streams. Along the route, you’ll see lots of our beautiful coastline and beautiful places like Oakham Beck and Rain Dale.

As you near Robin Hood’s Bay, the path narrows between the cliff edge and the houses. You’ll walk past a car park and into the town for a well-earned break and a treat in one of the local pubs, restaurants and fish and chip shops.

coastal view on the walk from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay

Getting back to Whitby

There is a circular walk you can do back into Whitby town from Robin Hood’s Bay if you don’t feel like retracing your steps. Instead, you can use the old cinder track and follow the now disused railway path back to Whitby.

You’ll have seen signs for the cinder track on your right as you entered Robin Hood’s Bay. Simply pick the route up there and enjoy a hike back through the countryside.

If you’ve had enough walking for the day, you can very easily catch a bus from Thorpe Lane. They run hourly every day and will get you back into town in just over 20 minutes. Make sure you check times online, as these can vary with the season.

If you’re heading out on this route, make sure you send us some pictures of your journey on Facebook or Twitter!

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