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This walk explores the fascinating history of Yorkshire’s rugged coast on a 7-mile route between the famous fishing ports of Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.
Starting in the historic town of Whitby – where Captain Cook learned his trade, Bram Stoker found inspiration for his Dracula novel and Vikings once destroyed the town’s historic abbey – you’ll follow the Cleveland Way National Trail south towards Robin Hood’s Bay.
Your route follows the edge of towering cliffs that explode with the sound of seabirds in spring and summer.
The walking isn’t technical but the undulating terrain will give your legs a good test before you arrive in the picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.
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Its steep cobbled streets were once the scene of a busy smuggling trade, but are now packed with pubs, cafes, gift shops and an excellent chippy!
There’s a regular bus route between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay so the walk can be done in either direction, and if you fancy really stretching your legs you can continue down the coast to Ravenscar, set high on a beautiful headland.
This route was voted 17th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: A perfect introduction to everything that’s great about the North Yorkshire coast. Cliffs, wildlife, smugglers, Dracula – and great fish & chips!