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Cleveland Way celebrates it’s 50th anniversary

Updated: May 8, 2020

Did you know that the Cleveland Way is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year?

In case you don’t know, the Cleveland Way National Trail is a 109 mile trail in the North York Moors National Park. Read more their website.

It got me thinking. I’m more of a day walker rather than big multi-day trail walker. Although I’ve not walked the Cleveland Way in one go, I have in my 13 years living in Yorkshire walked quite a few sections of it.

So I thought I’d have a dig through my old photos of walks with family and friends to share some of my favourite parts.

1. Filey to Scarborough

This was a recent walk with friends on one of the hottest day of the year. I’d never seen the sea such a vibrant blue and so still.

On the coastal sections of trail it’s very easy to catch a local bus back to your start point.

Filey Brigg is the start of the Cleveland Way but if time allows it’s worth a detour down to the beach. When the tide is out you can walk from the beach front and around the bottom of Filey Brigg.

2. Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay

We’re blessed with the most stunning unspoilt coastline, punctuated with idyllic fishing villages.

This is an all time favourite which I’ve done many times.

When you plan your trip check the tide times. I love walking to Robin Hood’s Bay with its iconic red-roofed cottages, along the cliff tops.

You can’t beat fish and chips and ice cream on the beach after a coastal walk.

If you’ve timed it right you can walk back along the beach to Boggle Hole, keeping your eye out for fossils along the way. Then it’s back up to the clifftops to the start.

This Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay walk on the NYM website is similar.

3. Whitby

Who doesn't love the view of Whitby Abbey and the iconic 99 steps?

I've enjoyed the walk south along the Cleveland Way. I particularly liked the view looking back towards Whitby Abbey.

This circular walk around Whitby Abbey, Lighthouse and Saltwick Bay is similar.

4. Runswick to Staithes

Runswick bay is a picture postcard seaside village. The white rendered and thatched rood old coastguard cottage sits beneath the cliff face.