North York Moors

Route: Whitby

Area: North York Moors

Date of walk: 23rd June 2013

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 8.0 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

We parked close to the station and walked over the swing bridge which crosses the River Esk, heading east out of the town. This took us through the suburbs of Whitby and along a road for a short section – a sacrifice that has to be made to make it possible to walk back into the town via the coastal path

The North Sea was a welcome sight, and we walked towards this through attractive farmland, eventually arriving at the coast, by the Whitby Fog Signal. We then joined the Cleveland Way, which follows the top of the cliffs, with lovely views towards Whitby and out to sea

Just before the end of the walk we descended the cliffs along a path which leads to Saltwick Bay, and went down to the beach. After climbing back up to the path, we visited Whitby Abbey, and from there walked down the 199 steps before exploring the narrow streets for a while

The weather was mixed – some sunshine but also a few torrential downpours, though these didn’t spoil a really enjoyable walk

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