Fresh sea air, huge clifftops and beautiful views – make the Yorkshire coast the destination of your next walk.
God’s Own Country is full of wonderful places to go for a walk, but the Yorkshire coast might just be the best. It looks out across the North Sea from the Tees in the North to the Humber in the South – and in between you’ve got so much to see, from sandy beaches to historic landmarks, picturesque villages and, of course, breathtaking views.
Speeton Cliff Walk
The Speeton Cliff Walk is one of the best Yorkshire coastal walks, especially if you’re bringing the little ones with you. It’s a gentle 5.5-mile wander which starts in the beautiful village of Speeton and takes in oodles of scenic vistas. First, make your way to St Leonard’s, an ancient Norman chapel. From there, head towards the sea, passing World War Two coastal fortifications and the incredible RSPB Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve. Stop and take it all in before you walk up to The Righton and Hunmanby Gap where you can stop for a cuppa, before making your way back to the start.
The Speeton Cliff Walk starts at St Leonard’s Church, Main Street, Speeton, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9TD.
Whitby Abbey and the Coast
Whether you’re an experienced walker or just enjoying a family day out, this 5-mile walk will blow your socks off. Start by making your way to the famous Whitby Abbey, a stunning relic of yesteryear that has the sea right behind it – this haunting setting was the backdrop for Peter Cushing’s Dracula. You’ll then take on a 2-mile walk along the coast, with a stop at Saltwick Bay where you can stop to take in the stunning views. Your aim is to reach the old lighthouse back on top of the cliff, before making your way back to the Abbey and into Whitby.
The Whitby Abbey and the Coast walk starts at Whitby Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT.
Flamborough Head Circular
At 8 miles long, the Flamborough Head Circular is a proper day out, but it’s 100% worth it. Start in Flamborough village and head south on the footpath by the church, it’ll take you straight to the seafront at South Landing. This is where the walk truly starts – you’ll walk right around this incredible peninsula, which offers up breathtaking views on sunny days. Cliff-side walking isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the terrain is fairly straightforward and the area is home to thousands of birds. It’s one for the history buffs too, with plenty of ancient settlements and old battlefields on your route.
The Flamborough Head Circular walk starts at St Oswald’s Church, 1 Church Street, Flamborough, Bridlington, North Yorkshire, YO15 1PE
Maw Wyke Walk
If you’re up for a challenge, why not head out on the 6-mile Maw Wyke Walk? It’s one of the most difficult Yorkshire coastal walks, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. You’ll start at the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, where the views over the water will take your breath away. From here, make your way past Ness Point, a particularly tough part that requires you to navigate past a series of jagged rocks. The crisp sea air and stunning vistas make it well worthwhile though, and as you make your way back to the start on the gentler Cinder Track, which was once an old railway line, you can see if you can spot the seabirds flying above you.
The Maw Wyke Walk starts at Robin Hood’s Bay Station Car Park, Station Road, Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire, YO22 4RE.
Staithes to Port Mulgrave Circular
Staithes is a picture-perfect coastal town. This is where you’ll start your moderate 6.5-mile circular route, in a quaint hamlet full of narrow ginnels, multicoloured houses and incredible views across the North Sea. From here, you’ll take in the fresh sea air along the clifftops as you head south towards another beautiful little fishing town, Port Mulgrave. It promises stunning views, especially if you look south towards the towering cliffs of Boulby. You’ll then head inland through the pretty Hinterland and Borrowby Dale, before you get back to where you started.
The Staithes to Port Mulgrave Circular walk starts at Bank Top Car Park, Staithes, Saltburn, North Yorkshire, TS13 5AD.Cover image credit Pete Richman licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.