Longer Walks Group September 2024 Residential

‘The Yorkshire Yomp!’

For our 2024 residential we will be based in the coastal resort of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. Located between the Yorkshire Wolds and the North York Moors National Park, Scarborough claims to be the oldest coastal resort in England. It is well placed for both bus and train services and offers a range of accommodation

The residential will take place over three days from Tuesday 3 September to Thursday 5 September 2024. In order to take account of local conditions, there is some flexibility in the programme, with inland and shorter options available should the weather be unkind. However, it is intended that we will complete two coastal sections of the 109-mile-long Cleveland Way National Trail , and by way of contrast discover the dramatic chalk cliffs of Flamborough

The three planned walks may not necessarily be completed in this order

Cleveland Way : Filey Brigg to Scarborough Harbour
10 miles / 16 km : 391 metres of ascent

Filey is a well-kept Yorkshire secret, a charming seaside town, with a glorious sandy beach and beautiful Edwardian architecture. Filey Brigg, is a rocky headland to the north of Filey Bay, which hosts the start/finish of not one but two of our National Trails. From the top of the Brigg’s boulder clay cliffs, you can head south-west along the Wolds Way, crossing ‘Hockney Country’ to reach the Humber. Or, as we shall do, you can head north west to follow the Cleveland Way along the coast to Scarborough. This is classic cliff-top walking, offering stunning views of the coastal scenery and the North Sea. Except where a camp site reaches the cliff top, it is also quiet and unspoilt, with only the calling of gulls and the song of skylarks to disturb the peace. At low tide, watch out for seals resting on the rocky foreshore! About half way to Scarborough, we reach the sandy Cayton Bay, a favourite haunt of surfers in this area, and a good place to stop and take in the sea air. After Cayton Bay, the path leaves the cliff top, as we navigate around a number of massive landslips that affect this area. However, we return to the coast at White Nab as the path leads us into South Bay. As we approach the Spa Complex all the signs of the traditional English coastal resort appear one by one as we walk on to end at the seafood stalls by Scarborough Harbour

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Cleveland Way : Cloughton Wyke to Robin Hoods Bay
10.5 miles / 17 km : 663 metres of ascent

A more challenging route, this is a beautiful coastal trail taking in great views and some interesting history as you make your way from Cloughton to Robin Hoods Bay.Cloughton lies just to the north of Scarborough, and provides a good opportunity to rejoin the Cleveland Way at Cloughton Wyke. Heading north we enter an area of woodland that leads to Hayburn Wyke, a secluded cove with a waterfall that plunges directly onto the pebbly beach. A spot very popular with Victorian excursionists! As we continue north, the next place of historical interest is Ravenscar or the ‘town that never was.’ The story goes that a Victorian entrepreneur decided to develop the area into a seaside ‘resort’. So, in 1895 a large hotel was opened, soon followed by a golf course.  Roads and sewers were built and plots of land sold for holiday homes. Alas all did not go to plan and the development folded, leaving a skeleton town and an abandoned railway station. The hotel survives! As do the vestiges of the nearby Peak Alum Works. In the 16th century, alum was an essential raw material for textile making, being used for fixing dyes. Alum was in plentiful supply in the local shales, and being located at the coast had good transport links. So, a thriving industry developed in the area that endured until the late 19th century.. We are now looking north across the broad expanse of Robin Hood’s Bay characterised by its curved wave cut platforms or ‘scars’. However, we stay on the cliff top until forced to descend to cross Mill Beck at Boggle Hole (a ‘boggle’ being the local name for the hobgoblins thought to dwell in the caves hereabouts.) This is the final stretch of our walk, which depending on the state of the tide may be completed on the beach or on the cliff. Either way we soon end our walk in the lovely fishing village and renowned haunt of smugglers, and the end of Wainwright’s classic ‘Coast to Coast Walk’ Robin Hoods Bay

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Headland Bay : Bempton to Bridlington via Flamborough Head
13 miles / 21 km : 398 metres of ascent

With chalk cliffs standing 120 meters or 400 feet high, Flamborough Head is one of the most spectacular areas of coastline in Britain and a haven for sea life both above, in and below the water. We start from the small village of Bempton and head directly for the cliff top path close to the world-renowned RSPB reserve. Unfortunately, there will be no time for ‘twitching’ with a long day ahead of us, but we should still have the chance to observe a variety of sea birds as we head south-east to Thornwick Bay and North Landing. In the next few miles, there will be the opportunity to see examples of many types of coastal feature, including caves, arches and stacks. As we approach Selwicks Bay and the iconic Flamborough Head lighthouse, we reach the most easterly point of the walk. The area known as High Stacks is a great place to spot the seal colony that calls these sheltered bays and beaches home. We now turn to face south west, continuing on the chalk cliff to the South Landing with its lifeboat station and then the tiny beach at Danes Dyke, thought to be a Bronze Age defensive feature. We are now in the grounds of Sewerby Hall from where we can enjoy fine views of Bridlington Bay with the town beyond. The walking is now getting much gentler as we reach the North Bay promenade, from where we can enjoy a walk through the usual seaside attractions before heading for the station

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