Route: Runswick Bay to Staithes 

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk:  21st July 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 9.6 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Mixed sun and clouds

Runswick Bay is a beautiful and unspoilt little fishing village which attracts the attention of photographers and artists, and is well worth a visit in its own right. We parked in the lower car park and wandered down to the beach, then ambled back through the maze of passageways and alleys before climbing uphill to Runswick Bank Top. We decided to walk the cliff top section of the walk first in order to take advantage of the sunny weather

We joined the Cleveland Way national trail and set off along the coastal path which would take us to Staithes, the far point of the walk. It was a memorable journey, full of beauty and interest and with some tremendous views along the cliffs and over the North Sea, as well as lots of ups and downs

All too soon we arrived in Staithes. A beauty contest between Staithes and Runswick Bay would probably end in a tie, it’s a lovely little place with numerous interesting nooks and crannies to explore. We debated here whether to retrace our steps back to the start or to return via an inland route. In the end we opted for the latter. It was a pleasant enough walk through woods and across fields, but not a patch on the coastal section and we’d probably make a different choice next time. Nonetheless, it had been a superb walk – one of the very best in North Yorkshire and highly recommended

This walk features in an article ‘The Best Coastal Walks in Yorkshire

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