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Whitby to Staithes Walk, Here’s What To Expect

The dramatic coastline between Whitby and Staithes is nothing short of spectacular. Here’s what to expect when attempting the Whitby to Staithes walk.

One of our favourite past times when visiting Whitby is simply dusting off the walking boots and exploring the incredible surrounding coastline. It’s a wonderful way to really take in the views, spot wildlife, get some steps in and all leading you straight to the pub! Perfection. The Whitby to Staithes walk is long and can be difficult in places, here’s what to expect.

Staithes Walk

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 18.5 km | Difficult | 6 – 7 hours 

We are incredibly fortunate to benefit from the coastline as incredible as the North York Moors National Park’s. Witnessing the North Sea batter the cliff edges, an array of wildlife thrive against the elements and even pick up a fossil or a piece of the jet along the way. 

This is a full day’s walk and isn’t one for the faint-hearted! You will need sturdy walking boots or decent footwear. There are plenty of places to stop for a picnic and a rest or even a pint at the many pubs along the way. 

Whitby West Cliff Beach (Whitby Sands Beach)

This walk begins at the historic ruins of Whitby Abbey and takes you northwest to Sandsend. This walk is fantastic if you would like to see the beaches in and around Whitby as you will pass Whitby Sands where you can spot the infamous brightly coloured beach huts, Upgang Beach where you can try your luck at a spot of fossil hunting, and Sandsend beach where you might even get lucky enough to see a seal or two. From here you are guided away from the coast and taken on a detour through Mulgrave Woods. Here you can follow one of the easy, peaceful trails, take in the ancient woodland and even explore the ruins of Mulgrave Castle.

Runswick Bay Red Roofs
Runswick Bay

The walk has you continuing on past Kettleness, a remote cove just to the east of Runswick Bay. Look out for the few reminders of the area’s industrial heritage on the cliffs here from when they were worked for alum shale, jet and iron. On you go to Runswick Bay, one of our personal favourite bays. The picture-postcard charming fishing village is a gem of the Yorkshire coast with its lovely beach, sheltered bay and pretty red-roofed cottages.

Restaurants in Staithes
The Cod & Lobster in Staithes

Finally, it’s time to wander through Hinderwell and Port Mulgrave, then pass Rosedale Cliffs. Before finally arriving at Staithes, you will pass along the picturesque harbour where you can snap that perfect pic before ending your walk at Staithes Beck. Here, The Cod & Lobster has a log fire on and is waiting for you. This is a cosy, friendly pub that will welcome you in and invite you to try their delicious seafood-heavy menu.

Staithes Rainbow
Staithes Harbour

Fancy extending the walk? Got energy left? Continue along the Cleveland Way to Skinningrove. From the clifftop here you can witness the ruined remnants of the old mines.

Follow the full map route here.

Ever tried this Whitby to Staithes walk? Let us know in the comments we would love to hear your experiences of it.

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