Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Abbey Views on a Cliff Walk

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Abbey Views on a Cliff Walk

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

THE former coastal railway route and the Cleveland Way offer ideal routes for exploring the dramatic stretch of coastline between Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay.

Starting from the Hare and Hounds Inn at High Hawsker we cross the B1447 road and follow the lane past Swan Farm on our left to the bridge.

A stile on our right leads to steps running downhill to the former rail track where we turn left to pass Seaview Caravan Camp on our right.

Our walkway runs through a low cutting before rising above the surrounding countryside with fine all-round views. There are signs of quarrying on nearby land as the trackway runs gently downhill and we soon pass a sign showing access to the Cleveland Way on our left.

We walk ahead into National Trust land at Rain Dale and continue down the slope between gorse bushes with a stone wall on our right hand side.

Bay Ness is prominent on our right before we bear left over a plank bridge and up a slope to a wooden kissing gate.

There is a stone wall on our right and wire fence on our left along the next section with stone blocks forming a surface, which may well be slippery at times.

After crossing a beck we make our way up the grassy slope and pass a sign to Hawsker before crossing a plank bridge over Oakham Beck.

A wooden gate leads to an uphill set of steps and after another finger post pointing to Hawsker on our left there is a pathside memorial seat to Peter Millington.

Wooden steps give way to stone blocks as our pathway drops down before rising again to reach a stile.

Another set of wooden steps mark our route as we catch sight of farm buildings on our left at Widdy Field and there are dramatic views of Widdy Head before we turn left to head inland towards Beacon Hill. We soon reach a junction of routes and at this point we turn left along the bridleway that runs past the driveway to Widdy Field on our left. …

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