England Coast Path - Skinningrove to Staithes

This stretch of the England Coast Path joins the quiet village of Skinningrove with the bustling seaside town of Staithes with its pretty harbour. It takes in some high cliffs with views across the sea and fields passing the site of the Loftus Alum Works on the way. The first half of this way climbs using a mix of steps and steep grassy paths, some quite close to the cliff edge.

Technical sheet
No. 19392912
A Loftus walk posted on 17/02/22 by sarahhcfe. Update : 30/03/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h50[?]
Distance Distance : 7.93km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 209m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 203m
Highest point Highest point : 196m
Lowest point Lowest point : 5m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : North York Moors
Location Location : Loftus
Starting point Starting point : N 54.570802° / W 0.898356°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.559171° / W 0.792224°
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Description

(D) From the Rebus Boat Sculpture, walk along Marine Terrace and cross Kilton Beck into Beach Road. Follow the road around the corner and pick up the Cleveland Way/England Coast path by climbing the steps. When you reach the top, look back for a view of Skinningrove. The path will now become a dirt track.

(1) The path continues to climb, be careful as the path is close to the cliff edge. You will come to a National Trust sign for Hummersea, Hummersea farm will be on your right. Continue straight on.

(2) You will come to a sign for the Cleveland Way/Loftus. There is a bench here to rest after the climb. Continue straight on. The path turns inland for a while, it continues to climb, gently at first and then more steeply.

(3) There will be another Cleveland Way Signpost in the vegetation, a little way from the path which turns right at this point and after a short distance turns left at a National Trust Sign for Hummersea onto a wide track. This track ends at a house, walk around the side of the garage and through the gate which is clearly signposted Cleveland Way. You will also see the England Coast Path acorn sign on this gate. The path gradually continues to climb.

(4) Go through the gate signposted National Trust Loftus Alum Quarries. Continue the climb crossing a wooden walkway. The path continues to climb skirting a hill. This can be muddy. Near the top of the hill is a marker for the England Coast Path. Nearing the top of the hill the path runs parallel to a dry stone wall. You are almost at the top of the hill, there is a bench. Take a rest!

(5) Continue along the path, this dips inwards around a dip in the landscape. On the other side is a second National Trust sign for Loftus Alum Quarries, this allows a spectacular view back across the quarried area. Cross the wooden boards and up the steps. Continue along the path and through a gate, then pass a stone with an information board on it. The ground should now be flatter. You will pass a stile to your right and then after a short distance, you will pass a second stile. Look at the views to the left.

(6) You will eventually pass through another gate, you will see houses up ahead. Continue past these houses and take the access road ahead. There is a Cleveland Way sign next to the postbox. After the last house, the road turns sharply right, however, the path continues straight ahead along the edge of some fields.

(7) The road will eventually emerge onto Old Cowbar Lane, turn left and continue walking along the road. You will see that the road disappears over a cliff, this is fenced off, follow the diversion. This was due to a landslip. Further on you will rejoin the main road.

(8) The lane will eventually join Cowbar Road, turn left and walk down into Staithes along the side of Staithes Beck. Cross the footbridge over the beck and continue along the High Street to the harbour (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 6m - Rebus Boat Sculpture
1 : km 0.74 - alt. 64m - Hummersea National Trust Sign
2 : km 1.43 - alt. 74m - Cleveland Way Signpost/Path to Loftus
3 : km 1.85 - alt. 82m - Cleveland Way Signpost
4 : km 2.28 - alt. 130m - Loftus Alum Quarries National Trust Signpost
5 : km 3.51 - alt. 164m - Loftus Alum Quarries National Trust Signpost
6 : km 5.32 - alt. 106m - Gate
7 : km 6.66 - alt. 61m - Old Cowbar Lane
8 : km 7.54 - alt. 34m - Cowbar Road/Old Cowbar Lane Junction
A : km 7.93 - alt. 12m - Staithes Harbour

Useful Information

Transport: There is a car park in both Staithes and Skinningrove. Take bus X4 and then bus 5 from Staithes (Captain, Cooks Close, main A174) to Skinningrove. There will be a walk from the harbour to the bus stop in Staithes, so you could consider a taxi.

Facilities: There are toilets and cafes in Skinningrove and Staithes but nothing on the route. There are a number of benches on the route to stop and take a rest.

Accessibility: This route has a long climb for the first half of the route including steps, steep slopes, kissing gates and narrow dirt/grass footpaths. I have designated this moderate because of the long uphill climb and uneven terrain.

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

  • Skinningrove Iron Museum
  • Skinningrove Sculpture Trail
  • Explore the narrow alleys and quaint buildings in Staithes
  • Vist the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre
  • Staithes Beach - go fossil hunting
  • Go crabbing
  • Follow the painted illusion trail - trompe l'oeil paintings by Paul Czainski

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