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Whitby to Ravenscar

Discover the best coastal scenery on the entire Moor to Sea Network on this classic ride between Whitby and the sweeping headland of Ravenscar, via Hawsker and Robin Hood’s Bay. At the start of the route you cycle over the River Esk, high up on a viaduct which seems far too grand for a cycle path but, of course, like the rest of the trail, it was originally designed for the railway. This entire route is now part the ‘Cinder Track’, following the line of the former Whitby to Scarborough railway – it’s well signposted throughout.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Moors to Sea Network
11 miles (17.7km)
1½ to 2½ hours
Start point:
Whitby railway station
Cycle hire
Grid Ref:
NZ 898 107
OS Map:
Ordnance Survey OL27
Plenty of choice in Whitby, plus en route at Hawsker, Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar

About this cycle route

An easy cycle ride on a fairly flat 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!

  • Investigate the industrial past at the Peak Alum Works
  • Explore the winding streets and alleys of Robin Hood's Bay
  • Stand right above the River Esk on the mighty Larpool Viaduct
  • Fish and chips in Whitby –  it's obligatory!