There are many different walks and trails within and around Whitby. Many of these take in the stunning scenery of the coast, countryside or the Moors. Walks and trails are available for all levels of walker, the Cinder Path is wheelchair friendly from Whitby to Robinhoods Bay as is The Rail Trail from Beck Hole to Esk Valley. Look below for details on some of the most popular walks and trails in Whitby.

Looking for options to explore the local area’s heritage or countryside views, then choose one of the many walks within the National Park. Walks from 3 miles upwards are available on the National Park’s website. Explore the Rail Trail from Goathland to Grosmont, explore the line of George Stephenson’s original Whitby to Pickering line. All walks are accessible online and can be downloaded and printed off.

The Whitby Walking with Heritage Trail

This new Trail features nine of local artist Emma Stothard’s unique life-size sculptures inspired by Whitby’s fishing heritage dotted around Whitby.

The trail takes visitors around Whitby to discover the fascinating fishing heritage of the town. From the first female skipper in the North East (Dora Walker) to Victorian Photographer; Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.  The Trail is one of 4 available with an interactive guide in the APP ‘Love Exploring’ (Go to your APP Store to download it or https://loveexploring.co.uk/) The ‘Love Exploring’ app also offers family quizzes for Whitby and the surrounding areas making the most of your visit with all the family.

Cinder Track

The Cinder Track follows the route of the old railway from Scarborough to Whitby.

From 1885 until it’s closure in 1965 the old railway line took goods and passengers up and down the North Yorkshire coast

After it closed, Scarborough Borough Council bought the line. The track ballast was made from cinders rather than crushed stone, hence the name the Cinder Track. 

Now it’s an off road route through the North York Moors National Park for walkers, horse riders and cyclists,

The route is well signposted all the way along.

The distance from Scarborough to Whitby along the Cinder Track is 21.5 miles and has many stop off points where you can explore the:

  • Quaint villages of Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar or Cloughton
  • Quiet bays such as Crook Ness, Cloughton Wyke, Hayburn Wyke Stoupe Beck Sands or Maw Wyke Hole
  • Magnificent architecture of the 13 spans, 120 feet (36.5 metre) high Larpool Viaduct over the River Esk in Whitby or
  • Make a circular walk of it by taking in part of the Cleveland Way.

Track entrance in Whitby

Walk The Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way is one of twelve designated National Trails. Starting at the historic market town of Helmsley the 110 mile walk skirts the upland ridge on the edge of the North York Moors National Park before reaching the coast to end at Filey. It is often described as two walks in one: The first of beautiful heather moorland and the second of outstanding coastland.

First opened in 1969, The Cleveland Way National Trail is the second oldest British National Trail, and it shares much of its route with other well respected long distance paths – Wainright’s Coast to Coast Path follows the same route around Osmotherley over the moors to Blowarth Crossing, some distance short of Kildale. Walkers on the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail also join you for the closing sections of the route.

The Cleveland Way National Trail is officially split into 6 sections, though with the amount of things to see and do along the way, it’s worth thinking about splitting some of the sections over a couple of days in order to take it all in properly There is much history to be seen along the Cleveland Way National Trail, ranging from remnants of a proud industrial and mining past up on the moors to nefarious smuggling activities along the coast. Further, there’s a wealth of interesting features and wildlife to be enjoyed in between.

Walk from Whitby to Sandsend

Enjoy a beach walk from Whitby to Sandsend, stopping off for lunch or a snack in one of the many local eateries in the village before returning- but watch out for the tide!! Tide times available here. The walk is approximately a 5 mile round trip, but you could always walk there then get the X4 bus back!