On Saturday 15 September 2012, walk for water so others don’t have to.

Sandsend to Robin Hoods Bay

The starting point is St Oswalds Church, Sandsend. St Oswalds Church contains an exhibition of rare ‘humpback’ Viking gravestones which are worth a look before starting the walk down Lythe Bank towards the sea crossing the bridge. At low tide only, it is possible to walk the 3 miles from Sandsend to Whitby, eventually meeting the twin jetties of Whitby Harbour. If the tide is in, from the car park at the foot of Lythe Bank follow the Cleveland Way path. Walk towards Whitby, crossing the swing bridge. Walk down Church Street and take the steps towards St Mary’s Church. Pass through the churchyard towards Whitby Abbey. Set on a headland high over the popular seaside town, Whitby Abbey is the perfect choice for a great value day trip in Yorkshire. It's easy to see how Bram Stoker was inspired by its gothic splendour when writing Dracula. This is one of the most atmospheric visitor attractions on the Yorkshire coast so pop in! Keeping on along the coastal path, following the Abbey wall until you reach the Cleveland Way signed path, crossing a field to get to the cliff edge. Eventually passing the Whitby fog horn, the path goes round the back of the lighthouse and continues along the clifftops. Continue on the clifftop path eventually approaching the outskirts of Robin Hood’s Bay. Here, brooding cliffs tower over a huddle of red roofed former fishing cottages that spill right down to the edge of the sea, creating a ‘lost in time' getaway for anyone who loves unusual architecture and breathtaking scenery. Why not join us for a bracing walk topped off with a fireside drink in a cosy inn?

Distance: 
10.0 miles / 16.0 km
Estimated Walking Time: 
5 -6 hours
Difficulty: 
Moderate
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