Marvellous, the coast is clear! THIS WEEK, BOB WOODHOUSE TAKES US ON A CIRCULAR WALK AROUND WHITBY WEST CLIFF.
WIDE range of town and coastal settings feature on this circuit from Ruswarp around Whitby's West Cliff area.
a. Starting from St Bartholomew's Church at Ruswarp, we walk along the High Street in a northerly direction and turn right after No 8 (at the sign to Ruswarp Fields) to follow the stone-flagged pathway past properties on our right-hand side.
There are two wooden gates along the next section before a long flight of steps leads past a seat to continue ahead along the ridge (with a hedge and allotments on our left).
Another flight of steps leads to a disused railway track where we turn left to pass under the brick-built viaduct.
The Whitby Whalebones At the junction of routes we continue ahead along the trackway to pass under a wide bridge and at the next intersection our route runs ahead with houses below to reach steps on our right hand side leading down to the public road.
After joining the nearby cinder track we bear to the right down the slope of Southend Gardens to reach a junction of routes.
At this point we head left up Chubb Hill Road, with Pannett Park across the roadway on our right. Turning right at the roundabout we walk along St Hilda's Terrace with a fine series of tall properties (left) overlooking Pannett Park (right).
Beyond the main entrance to the park we pass "The Little Park" and the South Seas Garden (right) before turning left along Skinner Street. West Cliff Congregational Church is prominent (right) as we follow the roadway ahead to West Terrace and Crescent Terrace. Close at hand on our right the Captain Cook Monument is a fine vantage point for viewing the harbour area before we head along North Terrace and the North Promenade past Whitby Pavilion and Theatre.
At White Point Road we leave North Promenade and at the next junction turn right along the Parade before veering left into Whitebridge Road.
Turning left at the mini roundabout we now make our way directly ahead along Love Lane past White Leys Road (left) to join High Stakesby Road.
Our route now runs ahead downhill to the Four Lane Ends Roundabout where we cross to Ruswarp Lane and continue down Ruswarp Bank.
After passing Ruswarp Hall (left) our starting point at St Bartholomew's Church is a short distance ahead on the right-hand side.
FACTFILE LOCATION: Ruswarp is one mile south of A171 on the southern edge of Whitby.
START: St. Bartholomew's Church. DISTANCE: 5 Miles.
MAP: Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL27 North York Moors Eastern area.
GOING: Roadside pavements and former rail tracks. Moderate/severe gradients with several flights of steps.
REFRESHMENTS: Choice of venues in Whitby and Ruswarp.
DOGS: Under proper control. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Steps and steep gradients probably make the route impractical.
The Whitby Whalebones
Ruswarp rail station
The view from the clifftops at Whitby