North East

Ravenscaw to Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire

  • Distance

    11 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 55 times

  • Duration

    7 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Terrain

    Varied - moorland, cobbles, paths, tracks.

  • OS grid reference

    NZ 981 016

  • Calories burned


    Enough for a rewarding Sunday roast

Route Info

This walk takes in various terrains as it shows off some of the best the North Yorks Moors National Park has to offer. The walk starts off in the hummocky village of Ravenscar before heading off out onto Howdale Moor.

It then descends down to the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line and then onto the wonderful Robin Hood’s Bay. Take your time to take in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the views before heading back along the clifftop stretch of the Cleveland Way National Trail, offering some of the best scenery the UK has to offer, particularly on a clear day.

However, be careful as the weather can take a sudden change on the moors, so make sure you’re prepared for such an event.

Kit List

  • Good quality walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Map of the area
  • Daysack
  • Camera

Did you know?

There is no evidence to suggest any tie between the folklore of Robin Hood and the area. The origins of the bay’s name remains a mystery.

Route Highlight

Robin Hood’s Bay and the nearby Boggle Hole are excellent for rock-pooling and fossil-hunting.

Where to stop

YHA Boggle Hole has had a £1.2 million refurb and is a great place to stay or just grab a bite to eat or something to drink.