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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
This departure: Grade 5
Independent travel to the Raven Hall Hotel in Ravenscar. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner.
We offer four days of guided walking in beautiful countryside. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.
Ravenscar to Whitby - We get our first taste of the Cleveland Way today on this beautiful coastal walk. We will walk to the old Peak Alum Works now a National Trust site but was once an important part of the dyeing industry. It was also the site of a late 4th century Roman signal station.
Arriving at Robin Hoods Bay in time for morning coffee and to buy our picnic lunch. Robin Hoods Bay consists of a maze of tiny streets and was a centre for smugglers from the Netherlands and France bringing in rum, gin, brandy, tea and tobacco to avoid duty.
We will climb up through the maze of streets to join the Cleveland Way for the remainder of our walk to Whitby. Arriving at Whitby Abbey in time for a picnic lunch and exploration of the Abbey. We finally descend about 100 steps down to the bustling fishing town of Whitby.
About 10.2 miles 350m/550m ascent and descent.
Goathland circular with a trip on the North Yorkshire Railway - We start the day with a train ride through the Yorkshire Moors to the very popular village of Goathland. On arrival you will have time to look around and buy your picnic lunch and possibly have time for a coffee. Today the walk is through a shady gorge to a waterfall then climbing up onto the moors and walking through the bracken to reach the Roman Road which is thought to date back to the third century AD. Continuing though a delightful old forest path we reach Beck Hole a former iron ore mining centre and if time permits it’s well worth having a drink in the Birch Hall Inn. Finally we return to Goathland via the dismantled railway line.
About 8.2 miles 601m/618m ascent and descent.
Sandsend to Staithes - Today we return to the Cleveland Way and the coastal path. Today’s walk has dramatic coastal views from start to finish. You should reach the beautiful Runswick Bay in time for lunch, this involves a steep stepped climb down and after lunch a steep climb up through the delightful village to re-join the Cleveland Way. You can buy sandwiches for lunch at the café on the beach. Next on the route is Port Mulgrave which was originally a big ironstone mining area now long gone as is the harbour which was bombed during WWII to prevent the Germans from using it. Our destination is Staithes a lovely fishing village which has a resident artist community and good tea rooms. It is also the place where Captain Cook first went to work.
About 8 miles 350m ascent and descent.
Grosmont to Robin Hood's Bay - Our final walk and the most challenging day initially takes us inland to join the final stage of the Coast to Coast path at Grosmont one of the main stations on the North Yorkshire Railway where you may be lucky to see a steam engine or two at the station. You can also buy your picnic lunch here. Our first 5 miles is mostly on road and tracks with a steep ascent of 230m up to Sleights Moor. Walking on moorland we descend down to the hamlet of Littlebeck and onto Falling Foss waterfall and onto Midge Hall where there is a good café where you can eat lunch. Next part of the walk and the hardest bit of the day crossing moorland which can be boggy in places but you get a glimpse of the coast in the distance which will be your final destination. You will arrive at another cafe stop in time for an afternoon break. This is your last bit of inland walking and from here you re-join the coastal path where the Coast to Coast path and the Cleveland Way merge for the final cliff top walk into Robin Hoods Bay.
About 15.5 miles - 600m ascent and descent.
Independent departure from hotel after breakfast. Check out of the hotel is by 10:30am.
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