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The Whitby ‘Ruswarp Round’ circular walk is a scenic route and nature trail. Here’s all the information you need to enjoy this ‘Ruswarp Round’ walking route.

The Whitby ‘Ruswarp Round’ Walking route begins at the Marina back car park on Langhorne Road and is a fantastic route to follow, taking you to many points of interest such as the River Esk estuary, the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, the Ancient Monks Trod footpath and Ruswarp Village. There is also a lot of wildlife to look out for, such as Deer, Heron, and other native birds. Here’s how to follow the Whitby ‘Ruswarp Round’ circular walk.


The ‘Ruswarp Round’ circular walk

2 miles | Moderate walk | Takes around 1 hour

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Marina back car park.

Start your walk at Whitby’s Marina back car park with the River Esk estuary on your left-hand side. You can take either the right or left-hand footpath.

After the high-level road bridge, continue along the path between the river and the railway line, which then takes you under the brick-built viaduct arches.


Ruswarp Village

Following the footpath to Ruswarp.
Follow the footpath.

Next, you follow the footpath to Ruswarp Village, with views over the River Esk. When you reach the end of the footpath at Ruswarp railway station, go through the pedestrian gate, and turn right into Ruswarp Village. Then go over the level crossing. Please only cross when safe, and do not attempt to cross if warning lights are flashing and the barriers are down.

The Bridge Inn.
The Bridge Inn.

The village’s original name was Risewarp, which translates to ‘silted land overgrown with brushwood’. The village boasts a variety of local shops, including a butcher, grocery store, and bakery. The Bridge Inn is a great spot to relax and enjoy the local atmosphere if you fancy a drink or food.

Monks Trod

Continue alongside the entrance to the Station with the Bridge Inn Public House on your left and carry on along Ruswarp High Street. Then follow the sign marked Public Footpath, Whitby 1 Mile. From here, you will follow the Monks Trod stone footpath walk that takes you back to Whitby through two kissing gates.

Ruswarp Station.
Ruswarp Station.

This area is excellent for wildlife spotting; continue up stone steps known locally as ‘Fitts Steps’, and just before a metal kissing gate, take the right-hand path signed by Whitby Marina/Cinder Track. Continue and descend the steps to cross the disused Prospect Hill railway line and climb the steps on the opposite side of the track. Continue on the footpath through a wooden gate.


Larpool Viaduct

Cross the Cinder Track and follow the footpath toward the signpost marked Whitby. There are incredible views from the viaduct on the right. The Larpool Viaduct was built between 1882 and 1884 to carry the Scarborough to Whitby railway across the River Esk. The Railway line was dismantled in the 1960s and is now a footpath and cycle track known as the Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track.

The Larpool Viaduct.

Keep following the signs marked Whitby going straight on. Keep the Caedmon School Playing fields fence on your left. Bear right at the end of the field before a hedge and walk towards a pantile roof cottage. Head through a gap at the left-hand side of the cottage and cross the school’s coach parking area.

The Whitby 'Ruswarp Round' circular walk
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Proceed to the Whitby to Scarborough road, cross the main road and turn right. After a short distance, facing the road bridge, look for the opening to the tarmac path on the left; there is a public footpath sign. Follow the path down to the bottom of the hill, where it meets Waterstead Lane. Turn right and then take the track to the railway level crossing. Cross over when safe and return to the start.


Overall, The Whitby ‘Ruswarp Round’ circular is an enjoyable and scenic route. This walk has well-marked paths and clear directions, making navigating easy, with plenty to see along the way.

Larpool Viaduct Walking.

I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. In the comments, let us know if you have ever completed this walk and what you thought.

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