Hayburn Wyke

Hayburn Wyke

Route: Hayburn Wyke

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 13th November 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.5 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Sunny

The name ‘Hayburn Wyke’ hints as to the history of this part of North Yorkshire. Hayburn is an Anglo Saxon word meaning ‘hunting enclosure by a stream’ and Wyke is the Norse word for ‘sea inlet or creek’ – which combine to describe the landscape which is the subject of today’s walk

We parked just outside the village of Cloughton in one of the few roadside spaces along Newlands Lane. We walked along the lane with enticing views of the North Sea ahead as we did so and, after about ½ mile at the end of the lane, we joined the Cleveland Way which runs along the top of the cliffs. There are wonderful views, both looking back to Scarborough and looking ahead along the clifftops

We followed the cliff top path with its innumerable ups and downs as far as Hayburn Wyke, owned and managed by the National Trust. We descended a slippery path to the stony beach where there is a waterfall marking the end of Hayburn Beck. This drops into a pool at the head of the beach, and it was on good form today following recent heavy rain. From here we retraced our steps for a short distance before climbing up to join the access road which runs past the Hayburn Wyke Inn

Just beyond the hotel we turned off to start the return leg along the ‘Cinder Track’, which is the course of the disused Yorkshire Coast Railway. This provided a very easy and quick way back to the start of a superb short coastal walk

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