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Runswick Bay to Kettleness Circular Walk

If you’re looking for a short but beautiful walk the Runswick Bay to Kettleness circular walk is just the perfect day out. It’s a great way to enjoy the North Yorkshire Coastline.

We love this circular route; it takes you along the stunning coastline and offers incredible views of the North Sea. It’s a relatively easy walk making it an excellent choice for a day trip. Here’s all you need to know about the Runswick Bay to Kettleness circular walk.

Is the Runswick Bay to Kettleness circular walk easy?

Yes, the Runswick Bay to Kettleness circular walk is considered an easy route. It is a peaceful walk, hike, or run, and takes around 40 minutes to an hour to complete. You will enjoy coastal views while walking along the grassy tracks, and along the cliff path of the Cleveland Way. You’ll encounter a few gates but no stiles along the way it is suitable for all skill levels.

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Runswick Bay to Kettleness circular route

Start your walk from Runswick Bay, there is a small car park near the beach and a larger car park further up the hill. From there, walk down to Runswick Bay beach and grab a drink or an ice cream at the Tides coffee bar near the slipway before continuing your walk. Make sure to be aware of the tide times before setting off.

Runswick Bay 

Runswick Bay is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in Yorkshire. The village was once a bit further north along the coast, but a landslip in 1682 caused it to disappear into the sea. Nowadays, the village is home to many desirable holiday cottages that herring fishermen once used. The beach is well loved for fossil hunting and dogs are permitted all year round.

Runswick Bay

Walk along the head of the beach, passing a group of wooden holiday cottages until you reach the ‘V-shaped cleft in the cliffs. Turn right here up the right-hand side of the ravine to cross the stream via a stepped bridge. Join the long set of steps up to the cliff top path, the Cleveland Way. Continue along the cliff tops until you get to the group of houses, which is Kettleness.


Kettleness is a tiny hamlet where you can stop for lunch and enjoy the beautiful views of the old Kettleness station and the village. On your way back, you can follow the old track bed of the coastal railway line, passing the old North Eastern Railway bridges. Join the road out of the hamlet, pass the old station on the right, and turn right on to a broad track with a sign for the “Mulgrave Estate”.

The former Kettleness Railway Station for NZ8315
On the former Loftus to Whitby railway, the line opened in 1883 and closed in 1958.
The former Kettleness Railway Station. On the former Loftus to Whitby railway, the line opened in 1883 and closed in 1958. cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Mat Fascione – geograph.org.uk/p/6236159

After about two and a half miles, pass a brick-built house “Ellerby Crossing” and cross straight over the track here to stay on the old railway route. In just under half a mile, arrive at the road and turn right and right again at the ‘T’ junction to return to the car park. Full route details here.

The Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way National Trail is a 109-mile (175 km) walking route officially opened on 24th May 1969. It is a colourful route with stunning sea views. Although challenging in places, the route is suitable for anyone reasonably fit. The Cleveland Hills and some coastal sections may prove challenging, but this only adds to the overall experience. While the route is well-signed, it is recommended to carry an up-to-date map or GPS mapping. Comfortable footwear is essential, and a pair of binoculars can be handy to spot wildlife along the way. Learn more about the Cleveland Way here.

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The Runswick Bay to Kettleness Circular Walk is a beautiful and scenic route that offers lovely views of the coast and countryside. The trail is well-maintained and suitable for hikers of all skill levels. Overall, this walk is a must-do for anyone looking to explore the natural beauty of the North Yorkshire coast. Let us know if you have ever completed this route in the comments.

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