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Cyclists on coastal route by Discovery Photography

Scarborough to Ravenscar

The former railway line (now known as the ‘Cinder Track’) which links Scarborough to Ravenscar (and Whitby) is one of the foremost cycle routes in the UK. There are some great sea views and you won’t miss any of them scrutinising maps as the navigation is very simple and the Cinder Track is well signposted. Among the highlights is Ravenscar itself – a proposed Victorian resort, dubbed ‘The Town That Never Was’ – and the beach at Hayburn Wyke. There is also a selection of places to eat and drink right on the track which makes it particularly well suited to family cycling.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Moors to Sea Network
10½ miles (16.9km)
1½ to 2½ hours
Start point:
Scarborough railway station
Cycle hire
Grid Ref:
TA 039 884
OS Map:
Ordnance Survey OL27
Plenty of options in Scarborough, and en route at Cloughton, Hayburn Wyke and Ravenscar

About this cycle route

An easy cycle with a gradual incline and a gravel surface

This cycle route is part of the 'Moor to Sea Cycle Network', which connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops.

There are 11 different connecting sections, adding up to around 150 miles of cycling in total, through the very heart of the North York Moors National Park. Cycle it all at once (in 5 or 6 days), or tackle it a section at a time – each part of the route offers a different challenge.

There are more details on our Moor to Sea Cycle Network page, and a list of local hire outlets on the Cycle hire page.

Route highlights!

  • Visit the secluded cove of Hayburn Wyke, where woodland meets the sea
  • Enjoy a ride through rolling farmland
  • Soak up the amazing view of Robin Hood's Bay from Ravenscar