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Looking northwest along the cliffs from the Cleveland Way at map ref. NZ 990 009
Looking northwest along the cliffs from the Cleveland Way at map ref. NZ 990 009

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Route No. 697 - Thursday 16 November 2017
Ravenscar, Coastal Railway path, War Dike Lane,
Cleveland Way circuit - 7km
Yorkshire Coast . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Looking across Robin Hoods Bay through the misty drizzle from Raven Hall Road in Ravenscar at the start of our walk
Looking across Robin Hoods Bay through the misty drizzle from Raven Hall Road in Ravenscar at the start of our walk

Most convenient public toilets on Raven Hall Road
Most convenient public toilets on Raven Hall Road

Nearby there were the public toilets on one side of the road and the Ravenscar Visitor Centre on the other. From our parking spot we walked northwards along Raven Hall Road to the entrance to the Raven Hall Hotel. Here we turned right and walked along Station Road for about 400m to a little square on our right. The cafe there was closed today

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove out to Ravenscar on the Yorkshire Coast. The weather was overcast and threatened rain, but the forecast expected this cloudy wet weather front to pass through quickly with clear sunny skies to follow soon. We parked on Raven Hall Road at map ref. NZ 980 015.

Looking back to the cafe on the corner of Station Road
Looking back to the cafe on the corner of Station Road

Crossing the square to the old railway station platform<
Crossing the square to the old railway station platform

Ramp from the square up to the old station platform
Ramp from the square up to the old station platform

On the platform we turned left and walked along the platform. At the end of the old station platform we crossed a farm track and came to a gate across the old railway bed, now a footpath and cycleway.

At the corner of the square there is a little cafe (Ravenscar Tearooms) but you do need to check the opening times before relying on this facility. We turned right off Station Road here and crossed the square to some steps and a pedestrian ramp up to the old railway station platform.

Walking along the old station platform
Walking along the old station platform

Gate at the end of the station platform on to the path/cycleway along the old railway bed
Gate at the end of the station platform on to the path/cycleway along the old railway bed

Path along the old railway bed heading towards Scarborough
Path along the old railway bed heading towards Scarborough

WW2 buildings at an early radar installation
WW2 buildings at an early radar installation

They were the remains of an early radar installation used to detect enemy bombers approaching the coast. It proved to be quite successful allowing fighter planes to be scrambled to intercept the enemy planes. About 400m further on we came to a bridge carrying Bent Rigg Lane over the railway at map ref. NZ 990 003.

We passed through the gate and set off following the path along the old railway bed. After about 600m along the railway path we came to an information board in the field on the left of the railway path. The information board explained the origin of the World War 2 buildings visible in the field.


Path along the old railway bed heading towards Scarborough

Continuing on the railway path to the Bent Rigg Lane bridge
Continuing on the railway path to the Bent Rigg Lane bridge

Continuing on the railway path to pass under the Bent Rigg Lane bridge
Continuing on the railway path to pass under the Bent Rigg Lane bridge

Following the railway path towards Grange Farm
Following the railway path towards Grange Farm

The wind turbine at Grange Farm
The wind turbine at Grange Farm

Our left turn is at the end of this post & rail fence
Our left turn is at the end of this post & rail fence

At map ref. NZ 990 992 there is an underpass carrying a bridleway through the embankment under the railway. There is a public footpath from the railway path down some steps to join the bridleway about 30m from the foot of the embankment. On my OS Explorer map the bridleway is clearly shown but the public footpath from the railway down to the bridleway is not shown at all.

We passed under the bridge and continued along the railway path. After about 500m from the bridge there was Grange Farm with its large complex of farm buildings and a tall wind turbine on the right hand side of the railway. I have to say I like wind turbines, such amazing machines. About another 400m further on the railway bed is on the top of an embankment above a wooded valley.

Crossing the access track to Grange Farm
Crossing the access track to Grange Farm

The railway path nearing our turning
The railway path nearing our turning

Stile at our left turn off the railway path
Stile at our left turn off the railway path

Steps on the public footpath leading down from the railway path to join the bridleway below
Steps on the public footpath leading down from the railway path to join the bridleway below

Stile on to the bridleway at the bottom of the steps
Stile on to the bridleway at the bottom of the steps

We just had to squelch our way through the mud
We just had to squelch our way through the mud

then there was more mud to enjoy
. . . then there was more mud to enjoy

We followed the muddy path up out of the little valley and along the edge of the fields to War Dike Lane at map ref. NZ 996 996. The weather had changed completely now from the gloomy wet cloud at the start of our walk to clearing skies and bright autumn sunshine.

By now the weather had cleared up, no more drizzle and the cloud was breaking up, but after the recent rain the bridleway was very wet with deep soft mud hemmed in on both sides by thorny hedges and brambles leaving nowhere to walk expect to squelch through the deep mud.

The bridleway track was quite muddy
The bridleway track was quite muddy

One of the less muddy bits
One of the less muddy bits . . .

Gate from the bridleway on to War Dike Lane
Gate from the bridleway on to War Dike Lane

Following War Dike Lane towards War Dike Gate
Following War Dike Lane towards War Dike Gate

Following War Dike Lane towards War Dike Gate
Following War Dike Lane towards War Dike Gate

A coaster making its way northwards
A coaster making its way northwards

Following the permissive path to join the Cleveland Way
Following the permissive path to join the Cleveland Way

At the bend in the lane we turned right off the lane to follow a National Trust permissive path across a field to join the Cleveland Way coastal path at map ref. NZ 996 000. Here we turned left to follow the Cleveland way path heading northwards along the cliff tops.

At the lane we turned left and walked along the lane for about 350m to a left hand bend in the lane. From the lane we could see several small coastal cargo vessels heading northwards.

Turning off War Dike Lane at War Dike Gate
Turning off War Dike Lane at War Dike Gate

Gate to the National Trust permissive path to the cliff top path
Gate to the National Trust permissive path to the cliff top path

Finger post where we joined the Cleveland Way
Finger post where we joined the Cleveland Way

Following the Cleveland Way cliff top path northwards towards Ravenscar
Following the Cleveland Way cliff top path northwards towards Ravenscar

Nearing the disused coastguard lookout post
Nearing the disused coastguard lookout post

In the field behind the coastguard lookout are the buildings of the WW2 radar installation we had seen earlier from the railway path.

After about 700m along the cliff top path we came to an old coastguard lookout post that is now completely disused and becoming derelict.

Remains of the WW2 radar station
Remains of the WW2 radar station

Along this part of the coast there are a few hundred metres of land slips between the cliff tops and the rocky shore
Along this part of the coast there are a few hundred metres of land slips between the cliff tops and the rocky shore

Continuing along the Cleveland Way towards Ravenscar
Continuing along the Cleveland Way towards Ravenscar

We continued along the cliff top path
We continued along the cliff top path

We continued to the boundary of the Raven Hall Hotel at map ref. NZ 928 018. From here we could see the end of the headland at the far side of Robin Hoods Bay.

We continued along the cliff top path and after another 500m we could see the buildings at the edge of Ravenscar near the old railway station but we kept to the cliff top path.

Nearing the buildings by the old Ravenscar Station
Nearing the buildings by the old Ravenscar Station

Looking out to sea from the cliff top path
Looking out to sea from the cliff top path

Looking out to Ness Point on the far side of Robin Hoods Bay from the boundary fence of the Raven Hall Hotel
Looking out to Ness Point on the far side of Robin Hoods Bay from the boundary fence of the Raven Hall Hotel

Cleveland Way from the cliff top path to Station Road
Cleveland Way from the cliff top path to Station Road

Turning to Raven Hall Road by the Raven Hall Hotel entrance
Turning to Raven Hall Road by the Raven Hall Hotel entrance

We continued along Raven Hall Road to our parking spot and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 7km which had taken us about three hours to walk. Despite a gloomy start it had turned out to be a fine sunny walk with lovely coastal views.

At the Raven Hall Hotel boundary fence we turned inland to follow the path along the boundary fence of the Raven Hall Hotel back to Station Road in Ravenscar. From here we retraced our steps back past the entrance to the Raven Hall Hotel.

Station Road leading to Raven Hall Road
Station Road leading to Raven Hall Road

Raven Hall Road and our parking spot at the end of our walk
Raven Hall Road and our parking spot at the end of our walk

Looking across the bay to Robin Hoods Bay village from our parking spot in the bright autumn sunshine
Looking across the bay to Robin Hoods Bay village from our parking spot in the bright autumn sunshine

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