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Cloughton Wyke from the cliff path
Cloughton Wyke from the cliff path looking south

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Route No 136 - Wednesday 27 April 2005
Cloughton Wyke, Crook Ness,
Cloughton Woods, Hayburn Wyke, Circuit - 16km
North Yorkshire Coast

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area at 1:25000
Route Map at 1:50000 from OS Open Space service


Cloughton Wyke
Cloughton Wyke
The weather forecast for today was better in the east so my neighbour and I drove to the east coast at Cloughton Wyke, map ref. TA 019952 at the end of a narrow lane overlooking a little rocky bay. The forecasters were right and it was a lovely sunny day with a cool breeze. We set off at about 10.15am heading towards Scarborough on the Cleveland Way along the cliff top for about 2km to Crook Ness. There is a little car park here at the end of the lane from Burniston. We left the Cleveland Way at this point and followed the lane towards Burniston for just over 1km to the disused coastal railway track at map ref. TA 015930. The railway track is now a footpath and cycle route from Scarborough to well north of Whitby. We walked along the railway path for about 1km northwards to Cloughton Station, now a very nice tea shop where we stopped for a drink and a toasted teacake. At the station (map ref. TA 011941) we left the railway and turned left to follow the lane to the main road at map ref. TA 009941.
We crossed the main road and took the track opposite for about 200m to the foot of a small hill. There is a path running round the foot of the hill and we turned left to follow this path round the hill through some pretty woods and then across fields to the edge of Cloughton Woods below Ripley's Farm at map ref. SE 995946. From the edge of the woods the path dropped steeply down to cross a small stream and then climb up to join a track heading northwards through the woods for about 2.5km to the main coast road at map ref. SE 991967. The track is a public right of way for most of the way to the road and it is well walked. The woodland was very pleasant in the sunshine with the bright fresh green of the young larch needles. At the main road we took the path 50m to our right on the opposite side of the road across a field and through some woodland to a road at map ref. TA 001970.
Hundale Point from the clif path
Hundale Point from the cliff path
Lookout point above Long Nab
Lookout point above Long Nab
Scarborough Castle from Long Nab
Scarborough Castle from Long Nab
At the road we turned left down the hill for 100m to join the path on the right which took us across a field to a bridge on a farm track across the old coastal railway track at map ref. TA 002972. Once across the bridge there is a well worn way down the left-hand side of the bridge onto the railway path. We followed the railway path to the Hayburn Wyke Hotel about 600m away. At the hotel we took the path across a field to join the Cleveland Way on the cliff top above Hayburn Wyke. The railway had a little station at Hayburn Wyke. A hundred years ago it was intended to serve a holiday development centred on the pretty wooded valley leading down to the shingle beach, but it was a failed venture. We followed the cliff top path back to our starting point at Cloughton Wyke. The whole route was about 16km and took us 5 hours to walk including a couple of breaks.
Railway path between Burniston and Cloughton
Railway path between Burniston and Cloughton
Railway carriage used as a holiday let at Cloughton Station
Railway carriage used as a holiday let at Cloughton Station
Tea shop at Cloughton Station
Tea shop at Cloughton Station
Woods above Lindhead Beck
Woods above Lindhead Beck
Cloughton Woods
Cloughton Woods
Farm track crossing the railway path near Hayburn Wyke
Farm track crossing the railway path near Hayburn Wyke
Looking back to the farm track bridge from the railway path
Looking back to the farm track bridge from the railway path
Woods at Heyburn Wyke
Woods at Hayburn Wyke
Looking down into Heyburn Wyke
Looking down into Hayburn Wyke
Heading back to Cloughton on the Cleveland Way

Stitchwort in huge banks beside the path
Above: Stitchwort in huge banks beside the path

Left: Heading back to Cloughton on the Cleveland Way

Looking down to the coast from Cloughton Moor
Looking down to the coast from Cloughton Moor