Cycle along the old coastal railway line to Whitby

Whitby, Yorkshire

Ride 21 view-filled and traffic-free miles along the ‘Cinder Track’, the old coastal railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

It’s fairly level cycling for the most part, heading past smugglers’ haunts, hidden beaches and hideaway hamlets – perfect if you always wanted to be in the Famous Five. For a start, there’s lemonade and cake at the old station tearoom in Cloughton, followed by a climb down through the woods at Hayburn Wyke to go rock hopping on giant beach boulders.

Then you can investigate the mystery of Ravenscar – the ‘Town That Never Was’ – before exploring the winding streets and alleys of Robin Hood's Bay. Finally, zoom over a 120-foot-high viaduct taking you into historic Whitby, where the ghosts of Dracula and Captain Cook await. Fish and chips are obligatory!

There’s bike hire at Trailways at Hawsker, right on the Cinder Track, or park at Ravenscar and take your own bike on a yesteryear adventure.

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway steams under Larpool ViaductZoom across Larpool Viaduct near Whitby © Fridge Productions/NYMNPA
View of Robin Hood's Bay from RavenscarView of Robin Hood's Bay from Ravenscar © Mike Kipling/NYMNPA
Cyclists on Cinder Track Cyclists on the old coastal railway line near Whitby © Discovery Photography/NYMNP
Young cyclist enjoying the Cinder TrackCyclists enjoying the Cinder Track © Discovery Photography/NYMNPA
Hayburn Wyke waterfallRock hopping at Hayburn Wyke © North York Moors National Park

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