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From: Royal Hotel, Runswick BayTo: Bay Hotel, Robin Hood's Bay15.7 miles25.3 km498m ascent498m descent
ThumbnailLeave Runswick Bay with a walk along the sands, the lowest point on the walk - if you're carrying an altimeter, here's a good place to calibrate it. The cliffs are not so high around here, but there's still plenty of ups and downs. Follow the cliff-top Cleveland Way all the way to Sandsend, where there's shops, pubs and cafés, but it's too early yet for a stop and Whitby is up ahead. An unavoidable stretch of road walking follows, but the path soon turns off left through a golf club, before reaching the sea front promenade which is often washed with towering waves and spray in windy weather. Then comes Whitby, the largest town since Thirsk many miles back, and it's one of those places where you feel rather ostentatious with your boots, gaiters, rucksack and map case, especially in summer when it is heaving with tourists. But you're a tourist too, so plod on and climb the 199 steps to the abbey. Concentrate, as if you lose count you'll have to go back down and start again. From here on you're in magnificent cliff-top scenery, punctuated by Saltwick Bay caravan park which has a welcoming café for walkers. If it's foggy you'll need some ear plugs as you approach the Whitby fog signal - I've found the best tactic is to wait a safe distance to the north and count the time in-between blasts, then run like a gazelle to get past it before the next blast. If it goes off while you're alongside, it will blow you out onto Dogger Bank. At Maw Wyke Hole, we meet the Coast to Coast path again, and at this point you'll see walkers on it whooping with joy as they meet the North Sea for the first time. Join them on the rest of today's walk to Robin Hood's Bay, where you can accompany them in their celebrations at the Bay Hotel, the official end of the Coast to Coast. They may have finished, but you've still got 180 miles to go, so enjoy your night in RHB. I love the Smugglers Bistro, pricey but quality, and the Bay bar is a pleasant place to watch the sun go down.
Bus LogoRunswick Bay: Sandsend: Whitby: Robin Hoods BayBeer LogoBay Hotel, Laurel, Robin Hood's Bay
Train LogoWhitby: ScarboroughBed LogoBay Hotel, Smugglers Bistro, Robin Hood's Bay
Car LogoRunswick Bay: Kettleness: Sandsend: Whitby: Robin Hood's BayTent LogoRobin Hood's Bay
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