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View from Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay by Mike Kipling

Coast and Forest Circular

Head out from the seaside town of Scarborough on a thrilling 32-mile explorer route that also offers a great taste of the much longer Moor to Sea Cycle Network. First you ride north, along the former railway line known as the ‘Cinder Track’, before turning south at Ravenscar for the forest sections through Harwood Dale and Langdale to the viewpoint at Highwood Brow. Then return east to Scarborough – enjoying fine views, a beautiful valley and enchanting woodland – along forest roads that are broad, smooth and easy to ride.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Explorer route
32 miles (51.5km)
5 to 6 hours
Start point:
Scarborough railway station
Cycle hire
Grid Ref:
TA 039 884
OS Map:
Ordnance Survey OL27
En route at Cloughton, Hayburn Wyke and Ravenscar; also pubs and cafés at various points just off the route
GPX file, MMO file

About this cycle route

Explorer route, for mountain bikes and hybrids.

It's easy cycling on the Cinder Track, with a gradual incline and a gravel surface. Otherwise, it's an undulating ride on quiet back roads and forest tracks, with some steep ascents and descents.

Alternative start points are Ravenscar or Highwood Brow (where there's a Forestry England car park).

Route highlights!

*Ravenscar headland and its magnificent views
*A stop at the old station tea rooms at Cloughton
*Explore the secret woods and beach at Hayburn Wyke