white horse logo

Looking across Robin Hood's Bay from the Cleveland Way cliff top path
Looking across Robin Hood's Bay from the Cleveland Way cliff top path

Menu:

National Parks

| 2001 walks | 2002 walks | 2003 walks | 2004 walks |
| 2005 walks | 2006 walks | 2007 walks | 2008 walks |
| 2009 walks | 2010 walks | 2011 walks | 2012 walks |
| 2013 walks | 2014 walks | 2015 walks | 2016 walks |
| 2017 walks | 1993-2000 library | Find a Route |
| A few Routes to print out | Request a Route... |

Route No. 533 - Thursday 20 February 2014
Robin Hood's Bay, Railway Path,
Cleveland Way, Stoupe Beck, circuit - 11km
Yorkshire Coast . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Looking across Robin Hood's Bay from the cliff top sculpture to the headland at Ravenscar
Looking across Robin Hood's Bay from the cliff top sculpture to the headland at Ravenscar

View from the car park at the top of the village street
View from the car park at the top of the village street

Turning on to the railway path on the edge of the village
Turning on to the railway path on the edge of the village

The rain stopped as we approached the coast on our journey to Robin Hood's Bay. From the car park we turned left to walk away from the coast and after about 150m we turned left to follow the road for about 400m from the junction, past the church, to the point where the old coastal railway crossed the road at map ref. NZ946052.

The weather forecast for today looked as though we should just be able to fit in a walk in the sunny spell between two wet fronts coming through. My neighbour, Jim, and I drove to Robin Hood's Bay on the Yorkshire Coast. We parked in the car park at map ref. NZ951051 off the road at the top of the hill that climbs up from the beach.

Parish Church of St. Stephen on our route out of the village
Parish Church of St. Stephen on our route out of the village

View from the railway path as we left the village
View from the railway path as we left the village

Looking down to the bay from the railway path near Robin Hood's Bay village
Looking down to the bay from the railway path near Robin Hood's Bay village

Path along the disused railway
Path along the disused railway

Crossing the Fylingthorpe to Boggle Hole road (NZ944028)
Crossing the Fylingthorpe to Boggle Hole road (NZ944028)

Farm path over the railway at map ref. NZ946023
Farm path over the railway at map ref. NZ946023

We followed the railway path for about 5.5km under numerous bridges carrying roads and farm tracks across the old railway. The last bridge we passed under carried the Stoupe Beck road over the railway.

At the railway we turned left off the road to follow the footpath & cycleway along the old railway bed. There's a good view from the path to the east across the fields to the bay with the headland at Ravenscar in the distance.

Farm access track crossing the railway at map ref. NZ944035
Farm access track crossing the railway at map ref. NZ944035

Passing under the Boggle Hole to A171(Flask Inn) road(NZ944027)
Passing under the Boggle Hole to A171(Flask Inn) road(NZ944027)

Farm access track over railway at map ref. NZ949022
Farm access track over railway at map ref. NZ949022

Looking to the Ness Point headland at the northern end of Robin Hood's Bay from the railway path
Looking to the Ness Point headland at the northern end of Robin Hood's Bay from the railway path

Road down to beach at Stoupe Beck, over our path (NZ960024)
Road down to beach at Stoupe Beck, over our path (NZ960024)

Crossing open access land down to the Cleveland Way
Crossing open access land down to the Cleveland Way

We followed a path through the bracken and gorse down the hillside for about 350m to join the Cleveland Way path at map ref. NZ971020.

About 1km beyond the Stoup Beck road, at map ref. NZ968018, we turned left off the railway path to cross a stile into an area of open access land.

Leaving the railway path to drop down to the Cleveland Way
Leaving the railway path to drop down to the Cleveland Way

Joining the Cleveland Way path
Joining the Cleveland Way path

Looking back to the Ravenscar headland from the Cleveland Way
Looking back to the Ravenscar headland from the Cleveland Way

Cleveland Way path crossing a small gulley
Cleveland Way path crossing a small gully

Looking north from the Cleveland Way to Ness Point
Looking north from the Cleveland Way to Ness Point

Approaching Stoup Bank Farm along the road
Approaching Stoup Bank Farm along the road

We continued down the left hand side of the track there were steps and a handrail leading down to a footbridge over Stoupe Beck at beach level. We crossed the beck on the footbridge and followed a path down onto the beach.

After all the rain over the last couple of months this popular path was a quagmire. We plodded through the mud for about 1.3km to the Stoupe Beck road at map ref. NZ959031. At the road we turned right and followed the road until it became a rough track

Cleveland Way path trodden into a sea of mud
Cleveland Way path trodden into a sea of mud

Robin Hood's Bay village seen from the Cleveland Way
Robin Hood's Bay village seen from the Cleveland Way

Steps down to the beach at Stoupe Beck
Steps down to the beach at Stoupe Beck

On the beach near Stoupe Beck just after low water
On the beach near Stoupe Beck just after low water

The Ravenscar headland from the beach near Stoupe Beck
The Ravenscar headland from the beach near Stoupe Beck

Beach walk past Boggle Hole towards Robin Hood's Bay
Beach walk past Boggle Hole towards Robin Hood's Bay

Low water today was about 1.00pm so we had plenty of time for our beach walk. If you plan to do this walk check the tide times from the BBC web site or via the Scarborough Borough Council web site. From Boggle Hole we continued along the beach for another 800m to the slipway at Robin Hood's Bay.

We walked along the sand and the rocky outcrops for about 500m to Boggle Hole. It's worth noting that the little headland just on the north side of Boggle Hole is the first point where the incoming tide cuts off the access along the beach.

Erroding cliffs undermined by the winter storms
Eroding cliffs undermined by the winter storms

Approaching Robin Hood's Bay along the beach
Approaching Robin Hood's Bay along the beach

Nearing the end of our walk along the beach to Robin Hood's Bay village
Nearing the end of our walk along the beach to Robin Hood's Bay village


The whole route had been 11km and it had taken us almost three and a half hours to walk including a couple of short stops. We ran into the next spell of wet weather as we crossed the moors on the road to Pickering on our way home. We had been very lucky to have such a fine sunny walk in this lovely place.

We turned left off the beach to walk up the cobbled slipway to the village street. Then it was a steep climb up the village street past the many narrow foot streets off to the side. After about 350m we came back to the car park and the end of our walk.


Part of the steep climb up the village street from the beach to the car park at the end of our walk
Part of the steep climb up the village street from the beach to the car park at the end of our walk

Top of Page