5 Best Walks in Whitby

Monday 24th May, 2021 by Host & Stay

5 Best Walks in Whitby

Whitby is one of the most popular holidaying destinations in the country, and rightly so. With years of history and fascinating culture from Dracula to fishing, not to mention a vibrant town centre and some of the best seaside delicacies you could imagine, there’s truly something for everyone in Whitby.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at one very common reason for travelling to Whitby, and that’s the massive array of hikes and walking activities you can enjoy. We’ll guide you through the best places to go for walks in the area to really get the most out of the Whitby experience.

Circular Walk Around Whitby

The Circular Walk, also known as the Ruswarp Round Circular Walk, is a popular route for visitors to the area. This makes complete sense as it really immerses you in the heart and soul of Whitby and Ruswarp, ticking off some of the major attractions of both areas.

It’s just over 5 miles long, and takes you from the town, along the world-famous Whitby cliffs and lighthouse, all the way to Whitby Abbey, and back down again into the town centre.

You’ll even encounter the ever-popular 199 steps, but don’t forget to give them a count just to be sure they’re all there! 

Whitby to Sandsend

Sandsend is a small fishing village which has a beautiful beach, pub, and restaurant. This is in addition to many rockpools and a riverbank that leads onto the beach and into the sea. It’s nestled in between Whitby and Saltburn and is a popular stop off on the way to Whitby or as a getaway from the bustling town centre.

It’s therefore one of the most popular walks for visitors, and boasts beautiful views across the edge of the beaches of the North Sea and famous cliffs of Whitby.

The total length of the walk is around 3.5 miles and it’s all along the shoreline. This makes it a fantastic stroll for solo travellers, couples, and families with dogs. There’s also ample parking if you fancy a drive, but we highly recommend the walk in one of the regions quietest and prettiest areas.

Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay Coastal Walk

Another route that is great for a walk with the doggies is a classic expedition from Whitby to the quaint, beautiful seaside village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

It’s one of the most famous walks in England, and is a 7 miler which offers some of the most unique and stunning scenery of the Great British country and seaside. It’s part of the Cleveland Way Long Distance Trail, and Robin Hood’s Bay is also the final stage of the famous coast-to-coast. 

If the walk to the Bay poops you out, there’s a regular bus service that takes you back into Whitby, making the journey a bit more manageable if you have young children.

Whitby To Staithes

Whitby to Staithes is another popular route, but a little more intense than the others on this list. However, this extra effort comes with extra reward, as you can expect some of the most brilliant coastal scenery imaginable on this magnificent hike between two of the most historic areas of the country.

There are stunning clifftop views, tiny fishing villages and quaint beaches to occupy you on your walk, and there are lots of places to stop off on the way for a picnic or ice cream. This makes it another great trip for walkers of more advanced skill and experience, as well as a walk for the family if you’ve got slightly older children. 

Oh, and of course, the dogs will love it too!

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Staithes, you can also find that right here at Stay North Yorkshire. Take a look at our Staithes 5* serviced accommodation

May Beck and Falling Foss Circular

A much shorter walk than Whitby to Staithes, this circular route is a manageable 2 miles which takes you out of the harbour and into the woodland of North Yorkshire. This is the perfect walk for those who want to get away from it all and appreciate the local landscape in one of the most stunning areas of the country.

There’s some absolutely incredible scenery on offer with this relatively short Whitby walk, including the magnificent 30-foot Falling Foss waterfall and beautiful babbling May Beck. The waters are shallow enough for a paddle, and there’s also a quaint tea garden for you and the kids.

The distance of this one makes it best for families and walkers of all ages, and is one of the most rewarding from a relatively small amount of effort when compared to other excursions.

Book your Stay with Stay North Yorkshire

And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Whitby while you enjoy a walk or ten, browse our Whitby accommodation today. 

We provide the best of the best when it comes to serviced accommodation and we are more than confident we can find something that suits you. With places in the heart of the town centre to those a little further out, and a range of sizes and styles available, there’s something for everybody no matter your preference.

So, whether you’re a solo traveller, a couple on a romantic getaway, or even a large family with kids and pets, we have properties to suit you that are available to book today.

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