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Looking back, east, from the Cleveland Way cliff top path to the headland at Ravenscar
Looking back, east, from the Cleveland Way cliff top path to the headland at Ravenscar

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Route No. 771 - Thursday 18 April 2019
Ravenscar, Peak Alum Works, Cleveland Way,
Stoupebrow Cott Farm, Railway Path circuit - 6km
Yorkshire Coast . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Setting off along a grassy track down the hillside
Setting off along a grassy track down the hillside

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The National Park Visitor Centre seen from our parking spot
The National Park Visitor Centre seen from our parking spot

Turning right off the Cleveland Way along a tarmac access road
Turning right off the Cleveland Way along a tarmac access road

We set off along this track and after about 30m we came to the route of the Cleveland Way along a concrete access road. Here we turned left along the access road for about 50m and then turned right along a tarmac access road with a prominent "Private Road " sign. What the sign fails to mention is that there is a public footpath along this access road. After about 60m where the access road bends left to the front of some houses there is a pedestrian gate with a yellow public footpath arrow straight ahead into the field.

On this lovely bright spring day my friend, Jim, and I drove to Ravenscar on the Yorkshire Coast and parked on the road side opposite the public toilets at map ref. NZ 980 015. Almost 100m along the road towards the coast and set back from the road is the North York Moors National Park Visitor Centre. Just next to our parking spot opposite the public toilets there are two stone gate posts with a public footpath along a grassy track heading down the hillside.

Cleveland Way route along a concrete access road
Cleveland Way route along a concrete access road

Following the public footpath along a private road
Following the public footpath along a private road

Public footpath out to the fields
Public footpath out to the fields

Public footpath down the steep hillside
Public footpath down the steep hillside

Stile on to a shale access road
Stile on to a shale access road

Pond on our left above the access road
Pond on our left above the access road

Here we turned left following a public footpath along the access track. We continued following the public footpath along the access track for a little over 300m until our track joined the route of the Cleveland Way.

Once we were in the field the path turned left and followed the field boundary down the steep hillside for almost 200m to a stile at the bottom leading onto an access track.

Public footpath down the steep hillside
Public footpath down the steep hillside

From the stile we joined this access road
From the stile we joined this access road


Continuing to follow the access road

About to join the Cleveland Way route coming in from our left
About to join the Cleveland Way route coming in from our left

The Cleveland Way coming in from our left
The Cleveland Way coming in from our left

The alum works managers house
The alum works managers house

The Peak Alum Works site
The Peak Alum Works site

The information boards describe the process of extracting alum using human urine brought by sea in barrels from Newcastle, London and other cities. There is information about the alum works on the National Trust web site and on the Whitbypopwatch web site.

We walked along the Cleveland Way route for about 100m and then continued along the Cleveland Way where it turned right down to the Peak Alum Works. There are information boards around the alum works site explaining the history of the site.

Cleveland Way turning right to the Peak Alum Works
Cleveland Way turning right to the Peak Alum Works

Entrance to the alum works site
Entrance to the alum works site

The headland at Ravenscar seen from the alum works
The headland at Ravenscar seen from the alum works

Crossing a steep sided gully just beyond the alum works
Crossing a steep sided gully just beyond the alum works

Boardwalk across the bottom of the next gully
Boardwalk across the bottom of the next gully

Crossing a shallow gully
Crossing a shallow gully

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

There were several gullies to cross where small watercourses flowed out to drop down the cliffs to the sea. We walked along the cliff top path for about 1.9km to the road at Stoupebrow Cottage Farm.

We followed the Cleveland Way around the site of the Alum Works and then continued along the Cleveland Way cliff top path but the view across Robin Hood's Bay was lost in the haze.

Back at the cliff top from the third gully
Back at the cliff top from the third gully

Footbridge over a gully
Footbridge over a gully, Ah! that's better

Nearing the road at Stoupebrow Cottage Farm
Nearing the road at Stoupebrow Cottage Farm

Stile on to the road at Stoupebrow Cottage Farm
Stile on to the road at Stoupebrow Cottage Farm

Gentle climb along the road from Stoupebrow Cottage Farm
Gentle climb along the road from Stoupebrow Cottage Farm

Young lambs and ewes by the roadside
Young lambs and ewes by the roadside

We climbed up the road to a hairpin bend in the road just before the road bridge over the old railway and after the bend but before the bridge we turned left off the road onto a short shale track to the old railway bed.

At the road we turned left to walk along the road past Stoupebrow Cottage Farm. At first the road was climbing gently up the hillside but then it climbed much more steeply.

Friendly horse by the roadside
Friendly horse by the roadside

Starting the steep part of the climb up to the old railway
Starting the steep part of the climb up to the old railway

Turning left off the road to the permissive path along the old railway bed
Turning left off the road to the permissive path along the old railway bed

Seat with a hazy view scross Robin Hood's Bay
Seat with a hazy view across Robin Hood's Bay

Another seat looking out to the coast
Another seat looking out to the coast

Bridge carrying a farm track over the railway
Bridge carrying a farm track over the railway

We walked along the Cleveland Way route up the slope towards the visitor centre and then turned right off the Cleveland Way to retrace our steps up the track to the stone gate posts at the road next to our parking spot and the end of our walk.

At the old railway bed we turned left and walked along the permissive path on the railway bed for over 2km with pleasant views out to the coast until we rejoined the Cleveland Way route at map ref. NZ 979 015.

Railway path crossing the access road from Stoupe Brow Farm
Railway path crossing the access road from Stoupe Brow Farm

Railway path heading back towards Ravenscar
Railway path heading back towards Ravenscar

The railway path joining the Cleveland Way near Ravenscar
The railway path joining the Cleveland Way near Ravenscar

The track to the right off the Cleveland Way up to the road
The track to the right off the Cleveland Way up to the road

Grassy track up to the road in Ravenscar
Grassy track up to the road in Ravenscar

The whole route had been a little over 6km all fairly easy going except for a steep descent near the start of the walk and a steep walk up the road to the railway in the middle of the route. It had taken me about two and a half hours to walk. It was a very pleasant route in the spring sunshine but the views across Robin Hood's Bay were shrouded in the haze today.

Back at our parking spot and the end of our walk
Back at our parking spot and the end of our walk

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