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

Staithes to Sandsend

The starting point is Captain Cook’s Cottage in Staithes. Leaving the village leave ascend steeply up Church Street towards the cliff-top path which you continue along, crossing stiles and eventually across Beacon Hill. A National Trust sign marks reaching Port Mulgrave, descend the stone steps towards the old harbour. On the beach at Port Mulgrave, it is possible to see the bricked-up entrance of the former ironstone drift mine. Port Mulgrave grew up during the iron-mining boom of the 19th century and there was a narrow-gauge railway to take ore from the Grinkle mines to the port. From here, ascend the steep clifftop path and continue on through various fields towards Runswick Bay. At Runswick Bay, follow the road to the village and then along the shore to Hob Holes. Ascend towards the clifftop path and follow it along, eventually descending the path towards Sandsend. Something to look out for on this walk is fossils! The fossilised remains of two Plesiosaurs were found at the old alum works at Ravenscar and the area is well known for fossils. It is nicknamed the "Dinosaur Coast" being predominantly of the Middle and Lower Lias Period. Common found fossils include ammonites and belemnites – keep an eye out and send us your photos!

Distance: 
8.5 miles / 13.0 km
Estimated Walking Time: 
4 - 5 hours
Difficulty: 
Moderate
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