England Coast Path - Scarborough to Cayton

A cliff top and woodland walk joining 2 holiday resorts of Scarborough and Cayton. The walk is varied taking in parks, woodland and cliff tops, but includes some steep gradients.

Technical sheet No. 19399326

A North Yorkshire walk posted on 17/02/22 by sarahhcfe. Last update : 16/08/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h45[?]
Distance Distance : 4.77 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 123 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 141 m
Highest point Highest point : 92 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 12 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : North Yorkshire
Starting point Starting point : N 54.26916° / W 0.393798°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.241974° / W 0.365542°
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(D) From the Clock Tower on the Esplanade, enter the park and make your way downwards towards the beach. There are many paths, you may choose to explore the path.

(1) When you reach the beach, turn right and follow the wide gravel path in a south-easterly direction. There are benches here and information boards so do look back and enjoy the view of Scarborough bay. The path will turn right and go uphill.

(2) As you reach the top of the hill, the main gravel track will bend to the right, however, the Cleveland Way goes straight on into a wooded area. There is a signpost at the entrance to the wooded area. The path continues to climb until it emerges onto the cliff tops. You will see a golf course on your right. At the end of the golf course, the path will turn south and then descend via steps.

(3) At the bottom of the steps, turn right onto the wide track and continue upwards. At the top of the lane, at the large open area, turn left down a narrower footpath, this is clearly signposted. This path will continue through a wooded area and then cross a wooden bridge. The path then follows the edge of the fields which will be on your right. This will eventually reach Knipe Point Drive, turn right and walk along the path behind the houses.

(4) At the junction of Knipe Point Drive and Filey Road, turn left and follow Filey Road to Osgoodby Hill junction, here the path continues to the left moving away from the road. When you see the National Trust sign for Cayton Bay, turn left and follow the path into the wooded area and down the steps. Follow this path through the woods, this will eventually emerge onto open cliff tops.

(5) You will reach a signpost and gate, go through the gate and continue along the path until you reach a paved lane. Turning left will take you down to Cayton Bay beach, the England Coast Path/Cleveland Way continues straight on across the lane (continue along this to the car park). To end the walk here turn right and walk up the lane to the roundabout from where you can catch a bus back to Scarborough (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 57 m - Clock Tower, The Esplanade
1 : km 0.35 - alt. 17 m - Beach
2 : km 0.79 - alt. 61 m - Track Junction/Wooded Area
3 : km 1.76 - alt. 43 m - Bottom of the Steps/Track
4 : km 3.04 - alt. 92 m - Junction of Knipe Point Drive and Filey Road
5 : km 4.36 - alt. 47 m - Gate/Waymarker
A : km 4.77 - alt. 48 m - Cayton Bus Stop/Haven Holiday Park

Useful Information

Transport: There are car parks in Scarborough and Cayton Bay. Buses 555, 12 and 13 run between Filey/Bridlington and Scarborough and stop outside the Haven Holiday Park.
Facilities: There are cafes and toilets in Scarborough and cafes Lucy's Beach Shack at the end of the walk.
Accessibility: As with other walks on this stretch of coast, there are many steep slopes, steps and muddy sections.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Scarborough has many attractions including amusements, museums, parks and gardens as well as its beach
Cayton Bay has a lovely beach which is less busy than that in Scarborough.

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