Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay Walk

There’s a whole host of beautiful coastal walks in Yorkshire, and the Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay Walk is definitely up there with the best. This picturesque route takes you all the way from the bustling town of Whitby, across the stunning sea cliffs of the coast, and into the idyllic fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

The walk is wonderful in any season, but it’s particularly spectacular on a sunny afternoon. With sweeping views across the seemingly endless North Sea, it’s definitely one of our favourite things to do near Robin Hood’s Bay.

Want to find out more? We’ve put together a handy guide for all you need to know about the Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay walk…

Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay Walk – Info

Distance: 7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: Three hours

Map: OS Map

Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay Walk – Route

Following a scenic section of the Cleveland Way, the Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay walk offers some of the most beautiful coastal views in the region and is one of our favourite walks in Whitby.

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Section 1 – Whitby to Whitby Abbey

The first section of the walk is arguably the most challenging, although you can always take it at your own pace. From the centre of town, head to the 199 steps and ascend up to St Mary’s Churchyard. The actual number of steps up to this church has been debated by many, so try and count your way up!

From here, you’ll head past the impressive remains of Whitby Abbey – this is where you’ll see your first sign for the Cleveland Way. From up here, the views are absolutely spectacular (and will be for the whole rest of the way.)


Section 2: Whitby Abbey to Whitby Lighthouse

From Whitby Abbey, you’ll just need to follow the well-waymarked Cleveland Way. After a few miles, you’ll pass by the Whitby Lighthouse and the foghorn station.


Section 3: Whitby Lighthouse to Robin Hood’s Bay

The path from Whitby Lighthouse is well-trodden, although it can get a bit slippy in the winter so be sure to get your wellies or walking boots on if visiting in the cooler seasons. From here, it’s just straight on to the village – after around five or six miles you’ll be able to see it coming into view.

Hooray – you’ve made it to Robin Hood’s Bay Beach! Now it’s time to do some sightseeing (or refuel at one of these charming pubs!).


Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby

There are a few different ways to get back to Whitby. You can either walk back the way you came, head across the old cinder track all the way back to the town, or catch a bus.

The cinder track is just inland from the coast and spans all the way from Scarborough to Whitby. The section between Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby is just over six miles long, so it should take you a similar amount of time to get back.

If you are planning on walking back, it’s worth starting your hike off in the morning or early afternoon at the latest to avoid trudging back in the dark. On average, the entire round trip should take around six to seven hours.

Hourly bus services from Robin Hood’s Bay are available daily and should take around 20 minutes to get you back. You’ll need to wait at Thorpe Lane for this service.

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For other scenic walks in the area, be sure to check out our favourite walks in North Yorkshire.

Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay Walk – Accommodation

We’ve got plenty of beautiful holiday homes along the coast, many in close proximity to the starting point of the walk. Here are just a few of our most popular cottages in the area:

Coastguards View (Ref. 1079213) Whitby, North York Moors & Coast

A pretty three-storey townhouse set within the town of Whitby, Coastguards View sleeps up to six guests across three beautifully appointed bedrooms. Close to all the amenities of the town, you can simply leave the car on the drive and enjoy the very best of what Whitby has to offer.

The open-plan living space is great for getting everyone together after a busy day, while the nearby kitchen has everything for the budding chefs of the group to craft delicious meals for the whole family. What’s more, this charming property even has off-road parking – a rare find in this bustling seaside resort!

Seawinds (Ref. 1015726) Robin Hood’s Bay, North York Moors & Coast

Boasting lovely views across the Yorkshire countryside, Seawinds is such a wonderful retreat for those looking to get away from it all for a few days. Less than a five minute drive from the village of Robin Hood’s Bay, you have the option of exploring both coast and countryside during your stay.

Sleeping up to six guests, it’s a great choice for families or groups of friends. The conservatory is our favourite feature – the views from here are absolutely gorgeous.

Thinking about completing the Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay Walk? Our lovely holiday cottages can be found dotted all along the coast, from the bustling town of Whitby to the charming villages of Egton and Runswick Bay.

Choose from luxury homes with sea views, dog-friendly cottages, and spacious family homes – among many others. Browse our handpicked selection and get planning your next break with us today…